Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The quieter highlights of our trip consisted of simply wandering from the Bario Gotico streets to Las Ramblas, popping into a church every now and then, climbing on some city statue, taking a coffee at one of the nearby plazas, or trying out new and interesting restaurants. Our favorite meals were the Iberian style tapa bars, whose "pinxtos" often looked too pretty to eat. And we must admit that we broke down and twice indulged in some great sushi (you just can't find a sushi place in Javea!). In a somewhat lopsided battle of wills, the kids often had the upper hand and easily finessed their way to an ice cream on the way back to our apartment. The ice cream here doesn't even come close to Italian gelatto, but it was good enough for them! Suzanne and I managed two nights out on the town sin ninos, and took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with Miguel and Laura and catch a concert at the Palau de Musica Catalunya, which was yet another a stunning architectural marvel. Luis Eduardo Aute, an iconic spanish singer-songwriter from the 60's, performed that evening. His music was a bit too dated and croony for our tastes - he reminded suzanne of a "Don Henley meets Julio Iglesias" - but to see any show in this incredible venue was well worth the price of admission. We loved Barcelona and we are finally figuring out that by spreading out our visit and not trying to cram everything in, we can all have a great experience.