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Barcelona, Spain

Sights, sounds, and smells of the main central market

Sights, sounds, and smells of the main central market

Barcelona is a very large and busy city. It has some of the world’s most famous museums (Picasso), architectural wonders (Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia), parks (Park Güell), and cathedrals. One can actually over-load on cathedrals in Europe, so for this post we will just take a look around the streets of Barcelona saving the shots of the Barcelona Cathedral for later because it really was amazing. For now though, venture with us to the markets, particularly the central market in the heart of Barcelona. It was a day which could satisfy any desire for the unusual in tastes of every kind.

Before I get to the other photos though, I must tell you about our fantastic trip up to Montserrat today. It is a monastery and hermitage set on the heights of mount Montserrat. The views took one’s breath away, as well as the hike up to the ancient sacred cave where the statue of the black virgin was discovered in the 12th century. It is said she was carved by the Apostle Luke, brought to Spain by the Apostle Peter, hidden away in the cave during the Moorish invasions, and discovered by shepherd children. The whole trek up the mountain, and seeing the ancient twelve stations of the cross was an experience I shall remember for the rest of my days on earth. There was a holiness surrounding the entire area, even in the midst of mass tourists. To top it all off, we were taken there my our newly met friend (actually I met him online while studying Spanish), Salvador. A very special day indeed!

The spice table: memories of Tunisia

The spice table: memories of Tunisia

A lot of pork!

A lot of pork!

Fish anyone?

Fish anyone?

The narrow alleys abundant with shops

The narrow alleys abundant with shops

The Organic section

The Organic section

Veggies: verduras

Veggies: verduras

Nuts of every kind... some I had never seen before

Nuts of every kind… some I had never seen before

and mushrooms the likes of which I've never known

and mushrooms the likes of which I’ve never known

2nd hand clothing store

2nd hand clothing store

Looking for a new hat?

Looking for a new hat?

The chocolate store

The chocolate store

The cake store... notice Dumbo on top

The cake store… notice Dumbo on top

About the author Along the Way: life begins at home yet our door is forever open to adventure, new places and new people. Welcome to our travels around the world.

This blog is really about us, my husband Rick and I and our travels. We are retired with grown children and two granddaughters. We travel...exhilarating in new experiences and places and all that each day holds. We believe that life begins to fade once we fail to live into it anymore. So come along the way with us and enjoy the journey too!

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3 Comments

  1. What a wonderful trip! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Phyllis Bayly July 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Looks and sounds amazing! xo Phyll

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