Barcelona day 7

Sunday 2 June 2013

Susie woke up with a migraine this morning, so I went out on a mercy mission to find some diet coke and freshly baked bread. This was a bit of a challenge because it was Sunday morning, but eventually I struck it lucky. We had a leisurely breakfast in the sun on the balcony, and then caught the metro to the old (Gothic) part of city, this time to visit the Barcelona museum of contemporary art (MACBA). This doesn’t have a permanent collection, so we looked through the current exhibitions. One exhibition of drawings didn’t grab us at all, but there were several other exhibitions on the upper levels that kept us intrigued for the rest of the morning.

Arter our daily “art attack” we walked down La Rambla again and then along the waterfront to Barceloneta. The weather this time was stunning! We stopped for lunch at an open-air restaurant in Barceloneta and ordered a seafood paella for two, washed it down with a bottle of Spanish sauvignon blanc. The paella was very good, and it was baked with a kind of black sauce which we later surmised was squid ink.

After lunch we mooched around the beach. Susie found an unusual and rather comfortable chair fashioned from cement, and had a kip with her feet in the air, while I tried to take some photos. We bought a bottle of rioja to go with dinner, and then we caught metro from Barceloneta back to Sagrada Familia via Verdaguer. When we arrived, I had a siesta while Susie nutted out a Sudoku. I then cooked a dinner of pasta with chorizo, olives, tomato, onion, garlic, chilli and herbs. After dinner we watched a friendly football match between England and Brazil which ended in a 2-2 draw. It was a cool evening. Fireworks were going off somewhere as we turned in for the night.

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