As we head out of the port and depart Barcelona, a couple closing thoughts and photos. This place is terrific, very clean, fun, and all the great things you’ve heard about it are true. People are polite, and there’s just a really nice vibe here.
Our hotel, Alma, was outstanding. Hip, without the W Hotel pulsating techno-beat music and the culture of obsessing of being ‘young’. Five star, #1 rated on TripAdvisor for high end hotels, get the executive suite (it’s reasonable as these things go), it’s a huge room with high ceilings, in fantastic central part of town. I’m not kidding, this place is great. The staff aims to please. And this - no more room key or card:
Trip highlights: Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso museums:
Restaurants were great: Tapas 24, and at Moo last night, for desert had the 'Trip to Havana’, which paired a mojito inspired topping over rum cake, with a chocolate cigar with - GET THIS - smoke from a real Partagas infused in cream as a filling, with ashes made from sugar. Very different!
And the public food markets are a treat. The Boqueria is the most famous, but we also really liked the Mercat de Santa Caterina in the Born.
They just LOVE their fish. They present their tuna at market like Americans showcase our beef!
Probably the big surprise was the old part of the city, El Born. Lots of fun: