Sorting through travel pics & journals today....feeling Barcelona! Casa Guinart was recommended by a friend on my 1st trip to Barca. The bustling promenade of Las Rambas was fun for a bit, but crowd-heavy, people-watching tourist areas are not really my scene. I prefer side streets & tucked away places, so this tiny corner restaurant was a welcome retreat from the throng & did not disappoint! We sat at the bar close to the action in the kitchen. My friend originally recommended the paella, but we wanted to try a bit of everything, so we chose lighter fare & kept the wine & tapas coming. A few days later I did try my first black paella at a different spot in La Boqueria market. I mistakenly thought black rice paella was black grain rice with seafood, so I was unprepared for the jet black, squid ink-soaked dish placed before me. While my lunch tasted similar to my friend's colorful seafood paella (both delicious!), the aesthetics of the whole thing freaked me out! I could make out the prawns, but the rest could have been rice & beetles for all I knew. I'm clumsy & prone to spill in the best circumstances, so this was like an SNL skit. The woman sitting beside us was from Belgium. At one point, she looked at me laughing with black-stained teeth, mouth, tongue, hands, and fingernails, and said, "I've always wanted to try that, but now I think I will skip it." Haha! I literally washed my mouth out with soap. It was worth it. 😂
Day 5 @Barcelona
Today must be big C's day. We hopped on metro, then funicular, then the cable car to get to Montjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuic). It was a military fortress bulit in the 17th century, demolished and completely redesigned in the 18th century. The history was brutal as it was built to protect the city but for the past 300 years, Montjuïc’s cannons have been used against Barcelona’s own residents, especially in the Spanish War of Succession.
On the bright side, the castle provides panoramic view of the city, which was mangicant. T spotted out the world's largest cruise ship—Symphony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean! And some kid just stoned in the same spot and did not want to go elsewhere 😂
We then had a satisfying lunch at Antic Cafe Espanyol with the highlight of squid ink paella ❤️ Late lunch lead to late nap lead to late bedtime. So we randomly decided to go see F.C. Barcelona stadium (Camp Nou) after nap. With just 15 minutes walk, we sent ourselves to the stadium....and paid over $100 for the "tour" (no wonder why foot club is so wealthy!!). The tour guides you to the press room, the visiting team locker room, going through the players tunnel to the field, and half way we saw the FC Chapel 😆 the bench where players sit, the press box, the trophy room, and of course, the 3 stories mega store.
No soccer game at FC Barcelona but we watched the world cup game in a tapas restaurant inside Camp Nou. Better than nothing 😝