This morning we woke up early to head to the market before the city awoke. Well, there were definitely people milling about on our way to the market, but I have a feeling they never went to sleep. If you're wearing a tiny dress, splashing water at a boy at 7am, you probably never went to sleep. Either way, we made it to La Boqueria in time to watch the vendors set up. Seth took a ton of photos, after I asked and schmoozed the vendors of course, before we could have a bite. The endless stalls of produce, meats, cheeses, and other delectable food items were amazing, and extremely fresh, but after walking around the market for an hour and a half I needed food before I began to get cranky.
We had breakfast at Bar Pinoxio. It was amazing. Buitifarra, the local sausage, and pan con tomate first, then delicious cuttlefish with white beans. That was amazing. The cuttlefish was full bodied, sweet and savory at the same time. I could eat that every morning for breakfast. And let's not forget the cafe con leche and glass of cava. Delish!
We, then, headed up one of the main streets to see some of Gaudi's architecture. His work is the main reason I love Barcelona. I mean the food is great, but with how expensive it is, I would go somewhere else. Gaudi is amazing. After seeing La Pedrera and other beautiful buildings, we went to the piece du resistance, La Sagrada Familia. Now, you all know that Seth is my 'favorite sight'. But, if we're talking about seeing 'the sights' La Sagrada Familia is my absolute, hands down favorite. I think the fact that it is part of the past, present, and future all at once is some of what draws me to it. I love that I've been to visit it multiple times, and each time something is different, just as it has been for the past 80 or something years, and just as it will be for the next 30. It's absolutely amazing. Though I really want to go inside, the line was, also, amazing, and we weren't up for it. Perhaps if we wake up early enough we can head over when it opens.
We, slowly, made our way back to our room, stopping for some ice cream on the way. It's pretty hot, and we're doing a lot of walking, so the ice cream hit the spot. It was late enough in the day that we spent the rest of the day lounging around on the patio of our B&B drinking the bottle of Catalan wine and munching on mercado treats.