We decided to spend an entire week in Barcelona. The city proved to not be our favorite, but we did enjoy our time exploring a new corner of Europe! Let me highlight some of our favorite things in absolutely no particular order.
BARCELONA FOOTBALL MATCH. Or soccer match. Our household now calls it two different things. One-half of our family calls it football. The other half refers to it as soccer. I'll let you decide who is who. This was my (Elizabeth's) first football match and I really enjoyed it! The Spanish appear to be just as passionate as the Italians; the fans were more entertaining to watch than the game itself! I should mention that Barcelona lost to another Spanish team that they should have beat which encouraged the theatrics even more!
WINE & CAVA TASTING. We went on a tour of three different wineries outside of the city one day. Although we have toured many breweries, this was our first winery tour. We started out at Jean Leon - a company created by an Spaniard-turned-American who later in life built a winery to bottle his house wine for his Hollywood restaurant. The wine was great, the grounds picturesque, and we enjoyed hearing the American connections and seeing pictures of Leon himself with US Presidents. Next, we arrived at the Torres winery. This company bottles an insane amount of wine. Our tour included a solar powered tram ride around their vineyard, followed by wine and cheese tasting. Lastly, we went to Freixenet to sample some cava (Spanish bubbly). Once again, we were surprised with how many bottles the company could bottle, house and process!
MEXICAN FOOD. Yes, you read that right. Alex tracked down a Mexican bar for us to eat at. And let me tell you, it was delicious! I don't know if it was the fact that I was eating good Mexican food or that I didn't need to spend all day tracking down ingredients, finding substitutions, and then preparing everything in the meal from scratch. Not that I'm complaining. We've mastered good Mexican while living in Italy. Ironic seeing as we didn't do this when we lived in Mexico.