We decided to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel. The idea was to have room to relax while still being close to all the major sites. We were not disappointed.
While planning this trip, whenever we mentioned we were going to Barcelona everyone raved about it being such a beautiful city. After an overnight flight, the idea of sight seeing on our first day held little appeal. We just wanted to settle in and get our bearings. And yet, we couldn’t help but be impressed. Within 20 minutes of arriving in the city center, I took these pictures.
This was all on the walk to our apartment. It was not a long walk.
The apartment was comfortable, well equipped, and clean. Perfect for ten days relaxing and getting to know the area. As I write this, I’m overlooking the courtyard – it definitely has a wonderful local feel.
We checked in, unpacked, and found a place for lunch, followed by a little exploring. You know – the important stuff, like scouting for a nearby grocery store and wine shop. Fortunately, they are one and the same. Along the way we found more interesting things to see. Everything from an ornate church (though not nearly important enough to make it into any of the tourist guides)…
… to a simple tile roof on the neighbourhood market.
Jet lag was catching up with us, so we really didn’t have the energy to go out for dinner. We decided to get some cheese, baguette, olives stuffed with fines herbes (truly a wonderful discovery) and of course a little Rioja for a quiet dinner in.