Barcelona, Spain – Rambling ‘Round to The Rambla!

We arrived in Barcelona, the embarkment port of our Christmas MSC Mediterranean Cruise, on December 22nd, a day before we sailed off towards Italy!

On our way from the airport to our hotel, we passed what looks to be a cemetery on a hill.

fullsizeoutput_8054

After checking into our hotel, it was time to eat!  We went to a local pub style restaurant, located across the street from our hotel, recommenced by the receptionist who checked us in!

fullsizeoutput_8055

Chilled by the colder temperatures, we warmed up with green tea!

fullsizeoutput_8056

We were given an appetizer of prosciutto and a salami style meat with toasted and buttered bread!  This was delicious!!!

fullsizeoutput_8057

Michael ordered a ham soup – this was a bit bland.

fullsizeoutput_8059

I ordered a goat cheese salad.  The lettuce was mostly iceberg, with water in the bottom of the bowl from (I think) the lettuce just being washed!  The dressing was delicious!

fullsizeoutput_8058

Michael ordered spaghetti. This was ok.

fullsizeoutput_805a

My mussels were the surprise hit!!!  The tomato sauce looked and tasted freshly made, and the mussels were large and fresh!!!!

fullsizeoutput_805b

With full bellies and warmed up…we were off to wander around…

Some graffiti on construction boards.

fullsizeoutput_805cfullsizeoutput_805d

The buildings were beautiful, reminding us of Prague and Paris…with ornate apartments above little shops. The yellow ribbons on the balconies, however are unique to Spain as these represent a stand in a political unrest happening at this time.

fullsizeoutput_805efullsizeoutput_805f

Gold colored pigs feet are the decoration outside a restaurant!!

fullsizeoutput_8060

One of the many gargoyles decorating the buildings!

fullsizeoutput_8061

A cute little pet shop called Barkcelona!!

fullsizeoutput_8063

One of many fruit and vegetable grocery stores.

fullsizeoutput_8064

What we noticed was the many Christmas decorations and the lack of Christmas Markets….well, that we could find in the area we were walking in.

 

Its was a full moon evening! The full moon is located on the right, just past the church steeple.

 

Michael and I on The Rambla!

fullsizeoutput_8035

It was getting late…time to rest and be up and out for our morning tour of the Sagrada Familia before we checked in on the cruise ship!

S, xo

Advertisements

2 Comments Add yours

  1. mama says:

    I will definitely have an order of those large and fresh mussels 🙂 So glad you both had a clear night for your evening stroll. What did Michael think of the the graffiti ( street art )?xoxoxo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The weather was great each day!! 🙂 Michael liked the graffiti! xoxoxoxo

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.