Our time in
was rather ruckus and ill planned. Attempting to go by the seat of our pants
with little time to see all the momentous things that Barcelona
has to offer after running around Barcelona
and London was quite an
experience and of course with mine and Ashley’s love for looking at shopping we
spent a number of hours looking in windows and occasionally trying stuff on. I
ended up falling in love with a company called Desigual which just had the
coolest, brightest, wildest clothes. I was really like a kid in a candy shop
and fortunately have more restraint then a child and managed to only come away
with one dress. Amsterdam
We found another favourite café called Artisa that had the most perfect coffee and flaky, melt on your tongue croissants. Everything in it was organic and local and it was only two blocks from our apartment. Another gastronomic delight was the picnic store that two of my former students took us to. It was filled with pastries, breads, meat, cheese, oils and vinegars, wine and liquors and in the middle was seating where you could enjoy these delights. Wait there are more Café Oviso done the road from us in a little plaza played hip hop and had roman paintings on the walls, and at the wax museum there was el Bosc de la Fades, an enchanted garden where you drink amongst the trees, waterfalls and fairies.
I am sure by this point you think our trip has been nothing but food and shopping but there has been more. We did manage to see the Picasso museum, which is an amazing collection through time of the evolutions of Picasso. We also saw the cathedral, the marina and of course Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and Guell park, which were so inspiring I cant even believe it. Why are buildings not built like that today with all things natural considered, what people need to be happy like sunlight, heat and breezes, comfortable ergonomic seating and beautiful bright colours. He was an absolute genius and I am determined to return and see all of his works one day.