Barcelona

Today is our first full day in Barcelona. We slept in a bit and then went out to find coffee and croissants.

Breakfast

Rick Steve’s does some wonderful, free audio tours. Today we decided to do his tour of the Barcelona Eixample district. The Eixample is an expansion area that was added to Barcelona in the mid 1800s. Eixample is the Catalan word for expansion. the neighborhood is very upscale. It includes many of Barcelona’s Modernista buildings. The first one we stopped at was La Pedrera (also known as Casa Milà) it was built around 1906 by Antoni Gaudi. We toured the building with our friends Ray and Linda on another trip to Barcelona.

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La Pedrera

Further along we stopped at a block with three modernista buildings in a row. It’s called the Block of Discord. The first building is another Gaudy building, Casa Battló.

Casa Battlló

I love the detail in the carvings and balconies

Carving on Casa Batlló
Detail of Casa Batlló

The building next door, Casa Amatller , was the work of another Modernista architect, Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Casa Amatiler and Casa Batlló
Casa Amatller

Today is Catalonia Day. There are no big events because of covid but we did see lots of flags and T-shirts.

Another pretty stop on our walking tour was the Navarro Flower Shop. According to our tour it is open 24/7.

For dinner we ate at a restaurant on Las Ramblas, the pedestrian promenade that goes from Plaza Catalonia near our hotel down to the coast. The restaurant, Louro, is up some stairs and towards the back of a building. The approach is not propitious but the restaurant, the service and the food were excellent.

We started with scallops.

For our main course Duke had octopus and I had turbot.

Turbot

For desert we had the house special cake.

The food and sangria were all excellent. The walk back to our hotel along the Ramblas was a perfect ending to a great day.