March 14, 2010 Barcelona, Spain (Day 1)
"Arrival in Barcelona, Spain-Day 1"
After an hour delay in Atlanta, GA. while Security searched our plane because an arriving passenger had left their shoes we were finally off for the 8&1/2 flight to Barcelona. Flight was uneventiful and Customs was one of the quickest & easiest entry our travels have seen to date! A short taxi-cab ride later we arrived at our Bed & Breakfast (BarcelonaBB) www.barcelonabb.com which has four rooms & entry way, full kitchen & diningroom/livingroom which is delightful. Breakfast was yummy & attenitivetly watched over by our hosts. Since we were very close to the Sagrada Familia we walked to it & marveled at the awesome works of art and restoration/completion underway then on to a quaint little restaurant for a bit of lunch, poor bottle of wine and then back to the B&B for a quick nap which ended the day. Pictures and additional commentary can be viewed @ www.rmk-inspainblogspot.com
"Arrival in Barcelona, Spain-Day 2"
Discovering that all the museums and places we wanted to visit on Monday were closed, we hurreyidly contacted AVIS who we had pre-ordered a car rental for Day 3 (March 16th) & they quickly & graciously changed the date to the 15th! We took the metro (very close & easy) to Avis where we picked up an Audi and off we went to Vilafranca Del Penedes to tour the Miguel Torres winery. Having visited wineries in California, Oregon, Washington states in the USA and several in Italy we were very impressed by the tour & presentation. Because of our late start we were unable to reach the Freixenete Cava factory, the receptionist at Torres made a call to the Albet i Noya winery in Saint Pau D'Ordal Cattalunya where she had previously worked and arranged a late tour for us. A young lad by the name of Miguel gave us a wonderful tour and tasting of some great wines & cava - we are writing a note to his superiors commenting on his wonderful assistance and tour. It is the first vinyard we've visited where expermentation with the production of new wines and re-establishment of ancient grape varitials was visable to the public. He described in detail the process of expermentation with various temperatures, blends, etc., before they were able to introduce a new wine - quite fasinating! Finishing our tour & tastings and loaded down with wines to somehow haul back to the USA we headed off to Sitges where we found a wonderful restaurant on the ocean where we enjoyed wonderful paella and fish dinners with of course a good bottle of Spanish Red wine. Topping off a wonderful and perfect day by driving back to Barcelona with only one missed turn and returning the rental car and then scooting back to our B&B on the metro! Tomorrow we take on the museums, parks and who knows what before heading out for Madrid on the 17th. Pictures & additional commentary may be seen @ www.rmk-inspainblogspot.com