After another sleep in and rather sizeable buffet breakfast, it was time to explore Barcelona's gothic quarter. We popped into a few of the boutiques (a girl must shop!) before visiting the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia.
The shopping around the cathedral was great. I managed to pick up a pair of funky resin earrings, as well as some Spanish leather shoes, which were almost identical to (the now "made in China") Camper Peu.
We then headed towards Passeig de Gràcia - one of the most famed and beautiful avenues of Barcelona. The street was full of exclusive boutiques, up-market restaurants and some pretty stunning architecture.
After our paella disappointment days earlier in Granada, my beloved and I were eager to try a more authentic and tasty version of the illustrious Spanish dish. This time I did my research and selected Tenorio Braseria (Passeig de Gràcia, 37, 08007 Barcelona). We weren't disappointed! The meal began with some fried Padrón peppers, which were accompanied by rustic slices of sharp cheese.
Next on the menu - the traditional mixed paella. This dish was full of plump, tasty seafood, perfectly cooked rice and had a very distinct saffron flavour. It was, hands down, the best paella I have experienced in my nearly 30 years!
With what I can only imagine were distended bellies, we staggered back down Passeig de Gràcia, popping into to shops intermittently. Back at the hotel, we gathered up all of our warmer clothes and set off towards Barcelona's main post office to lighten our load. The building in which the post office is located is beautiful, historic and free(!) - for the budget-conscious traveller, I recommend a visit.
Parcel posted, we met with our travel companions and headed to Barcelonela metro stop, where we walked towards the beast and settled on a small café, where we feasted on burgers, dips, nachos and beer (a classy lot, we are!) while watching the sun set. A lovely way to end a busy three days in Barcelona!
Twenty bonus points if you can tell me what's wrong with this picture.
Hint: we played a little "Where's Willie" while people watching...teehee!