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Postcard from Barcelona, Day 2

I woke up reasonably grumpy today, mainly very tired, and plan free. I don’t like to plan too heavily when I travel, as I like a little free range explore and the freedom to be lazy, frankly. As I left my hotel this morning that’s exactly what I did. Wander, slowly and slightly lazily, watching as I went.

I followed the sound of some church bells, peeling in the distance, they were joyful and I knew there would surely be activity nearby. Choir song burst out of a basement. I happened upon a gorgeous large church, and just as I arrived the doors jolted open and people erupted out. Children had footballs that they were already bouncing and adults joined in. It evolved from a quiet moody square to one that was  jostling, playful and quite busy. Girls in communion dresses wandered around, clearly proud of their elegance. In the corner there was a lovely little tapas bar (Fragments Cafe). I thought coffee.

This pic from phone... I didn't have my camera

This pic from phone... I didn't have my camera

Despite the menu being in English as well as Spanish it was an entirely local affair. I was the only English speaker there from what I could see. I started with coffee and progressed to a refreshing glass of vermut (local vermouth with an orange slice and two green olives served within) which was presented with a free tapas. Did I mention I love it here? Some iberico jamon croquetas later and I was sold and very happy. Some foods just get those endorphins flowing, croquetas are definitely one.

This pic from phone... I didn't have my camera

A wander around Barcelona to build up the appetite and help digest breakfast brought me by many of the sights and near the sea. The evening finished perfectly with some great tapas and wine with another visiting London food blogger, Sabrina Ghayour at La Vinya Del Senyor, a gorgeous local bar in the shadow of the looming impressive Santa Maria del Mar.

What will tomorrow bring? Who knows. That’s how I like it.

La Vinya Del Senyor

Santa Maria Del Mar

Taking a Break at Santa Maria del Mar

Santa Maria Del Mar - I do not know this guy! It's totally random.

Santa Maria Del Mar

Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down at Sagrada Famiglia

Sagrada Famiglia




  1. Louise says

    If you get a chance the restaurant Cuines Santa Caterina at Mercat de Santa Canterina is great and worth a visit. The market is also lovely. . Enjoy Barcelona!

  2. Claire says

    Glad you found La Vinya Del Senyor – we use to go every Sunday for Lunch after going to Santa Maria Del Mar for Mass with Nona – my Catalan surrogate Grandma. Brings back lots of happy memories of lunch lunches filled with great food and wine with lots of laughter

  3. Amy Lorna Smith says

    Get yourself to La Boqueria, the main food market for a plate of fresh seafood. Delicious razor clams and squid! The bars serving food/wine near the back. Bar Boqueria I tried but there are others. And on the way out, be sure to try a fresh juice (mango and coconut – heaven!) from one of colourful juice stalls. So jealous. The food is divine. Enjoy!

    • Hi Amy, have been before, it is great :) A bit touristy though, I prefer San Antoine in some regards. Post soon. :)

  4. Croquetas…worth the flight alone I say. The more I think about it, the more Barcelona leaps up the ladder of my favourite cities. So civilised… can’t wait to see where else you ventured.

  5. You capture the serendipity of unscheduled travel beautifully. I love your description of the congregation emptying out of the church, transforming the town square.

    Also, La Sagrada Familia has grown quite a bit since I was there in 2008!

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