I decided to take myself on a little trip to Barcelona. And it definitely did not disappoint, in fact, it was nothing less than super impressive. From appreciating the work of Gaudi and his masterpieces that are now world heritage sights, to enjoying history a plenty at different museums, fabulous restaurants and nightlife, cafes, markets, and plenty of monuments. There is a certain unmistakeable energy to the city, and something for everyone. A few of the highlights for me on this particular ‘take yourself on a date day’, would absolutely begin with relishing in the work of Gaudi.
His work was influenced by what were his passions in life, Architecture, Nature, and Religion. I am absolutely drawn to his style and flare, and all the beautiful colours he incorporated into his magnificent creations. Park Guell, constructed between 1900-1914, and was originally built as a commercial housing site, yet was unsuccessful, and is now a municipal garden. It is astounding in its architecture and artistic beauty. A perfect place to get some creative inspiration while appreciating Gaudi’s work.
Another very interesting Gaudi piece is the Sagrada Familia, this was his final project, and what his last years were devoted too. It is his personal rendition of Gothic Architecture. He was never able to see the project through, and it is still not finished, with the completion date expected to be 2026. It just so happens to be the most visited sight in Barcelona.
Of course after all this sightseeing, and historical time trip, I worked up an appetite! So off I went to the famous Barcelona market, ‘La Bouqeria’, and all its splendor. Its colourful, packed with people, has endless wonderful, awe-inspiring things to tantalize your taste buds, and your eyes with. Everything laid out so proud and perfectly, it’s a postcard in itself.
There are plenty of little restaurants all over, where they prepare market fresh food right before your eyes. Decisions, decisions. I finally picked one, and it’s really because they had in impeccable selection of fresh mushrooms that caught my eye. I love mushrooms! Especially when they are sautéed in fine olive oil, and well especially when I am in Barcelona;) Not a bad backdrop to add to the culinary experience. I ended up getting fresh sardines, mushrooms, and some bubbly to wine and dine myself with. It’s always best to treat yourself just as good, if not better, as if you were treating someone else. Yup that’s right, some of the best dates I have been on, are the ones I have taken myself on.
All in all, Barcelona is one of my favorite cities, and this was only ‘one’ of the magical days I was so fortunate to enjoy. Happy sightseeing days! And that it was;)