Happy Friday! I can’t believe it was now two weeks ago that I was in Spain. Today I thought it would be fun to take a little walk down memory lane to our last day of the trip. We ended our time in Barcelona and after a full day of sightseeing it was perfect to enjoy a few hours to strolling down Las Ramblas, a hustle and bustle pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants. Here were some of my favorite moments from those few uninterrupted hours.
1.Eating paella with friends. I was bound and determined to try some paella before leaving Spain and time was running out. I talked briefly about this in my Tapas and More post but saying it was delicious just doesn’t do it justice. The waitress warned us when we placed the order that it would be a minimum wait of 25-30 minutes since it is cooked fresh on site. It was well worth the wait. As a fan of both rice and seafood, I was interested to see what the flavors would be like in paella. The dish was full of rich spices, and the seafood was paired perfectly.
2. People watching. Las Ramblas is the perfect spot to do some great people watching. Part of the fun was just wandering down the street as people of all ages shopped, talked, and ate as they enjoyed their afternoon. Friday afternoons at Las Ramblas is a happening place!
3. Checking out the Boqueria market. I am a real sucker for markets. The atmosphere is electric and calm all at the same time. There is something so peaceful about sauntering up and down the aisles, and taking in all the delicious sights. People are friendly, the food is fresh, and you get to see things you may have never seen before (like sheep brains!). I could have spent hours just ambling around the Boqueria.
4. Shopping. I knew this was my last chance for any souvenirs or gifts I might need for friends and family. Luckily I had purchased anything I thought I might want and so I could just enjoys window shopping while some of my friends scrambled for those last minute gifts.
5. A final coffee. Oh coffee, how I love a good coffee. Cafe con leche, in a little cafe, with friends to talk to, what more could I have asked for to end my time in Barcelona? Taking time to slow down and just reflect on the trip felt like such a luxury after 10 days of go, go, go.
I miss Barcelona, I had such a wonderful time. Have you been to Barcelona or had a chance to visit Las Ramblas? Did you love it as much as I did?