Tapas, La Rambla & the rest

After our Gaudi biking adventure we ventured into St. Josep Mercado where the have juice for 1 euro in flavors like kiwi-coconut, blackberry-banana, and papaya-raspberry. We went back for so many juices while we were in Barcelona! We also had colorful empanadas full of mushrooms, cheese, and spinach. To just go ahead and say it-we at a lot in Barcelona!
our hotel courtyard, our room was one of the ones with the cute balconies
Our hotel was near a place called Tapas 24 that you walk down some stairs into an open air kitchen full of colors, fresh bread, tomatoes on vines, and pitchers of sangria. We loved this place so much we went twice! Our favorite dish- the Bikini 24 which is thin slices of bread sandwiching buffalo mozzarella, fresh sliced jamon, and black truffle (Oh how we miss it!)

Besides the Gaudi tour we wandered around a lot. They have beautifully curated shops in the Gothic quarter full of locally made treasures. The streets are narrow with roll up doors that open to so much visual delight and for me temptation (I love pretty thing, I'm sorry). The Barcelona cathedral is also in the Gothic quarter and has spires dripping in the gothic style reaching toward the sky.
taking a break between Gaudi's
eating doner in a little park late at night
 One night we went to a small pub that boasted craft  beers from all over the world so we tried a few from some other countries. In Europe when you want a beer you just order a beer- no choices, just a light beer. Joshua was very excited to get an IPA in Barcelona!

La Rambla is a walking road encompassed with shops on either side and littered with stalls selling everything, including the pepper pictured below :) It was always packed with people.

Sorry this one was very random and non-sequential but that was what was great about our time in Barcelona. We didn't have many set plans and did whatever we were feeling in the moment and went on long walks to nowhere.
Next though we went for a great hike at Montserrat!

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