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.

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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!

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

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

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

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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!

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Michael ordered spaghetti. This was ok.

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

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

Some graffiti on construction boards.

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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.

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

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One of the many gargoyles decorating the buildings!

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A cute little pet shop called Barkcelona!!

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One of many fruit and vegetable grocery stores.

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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!

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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

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

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

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