Mas de Barcelona

Yesterday in Barcelona I gave up trying to fit in for a bit and donned my tourist garb (Keanes and my camera bag) to head up to Montjuïc – a huge park on a  hill overlooking Barcelona and its harbor.  It is also home to the stadium from the 1992 Olympics, the Palau Nacional, which now houses the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, and several other museums and gardens.

View of Barcelona from Montjuïc.

Port  from Montjuïc.

Palau Nacional

Man playing Spanish guitar on the steps of the Palau Nacional.

Olympic Stadium

Cacti in the Montjuïc gardens.

Street behind the Barcelona Cathedral.

Today I left Barcelona for the nearby wine region of Priorat.  Though Barcelona was great, I am happy to be out of the bustling city in exchange for the slower pace and muted sounds of the country.  But most importantly, I’m ready to dive into the wine culture! I’m staying with wine tour guide Rachel Ritchie and her family.  She knows everyone in the business around here and is going to be introducing me to a buch of people.  More on that to come!

El Comienzo

Photos from my first few hours of wandering in Barcelona– didn’t stumble upon any cool vinerías yet, but that search can wait until I’ve had a but more sleep.

No chance of avoiding the crowd on La Rambla

Much quieter street typical of El Raval.

I happened upon Albert Raurich’s  (the former Chef de Cuisine of El Bulli) new Asian Tapas bar called Dos Palillos when I was walking around.  Its definitely not everywhere that a chef displays his autographed whites in the window to gain customers’ attention!