Here we are me dears back in Blighty after a fab hol in Sitges and Barcelona.
Quite by chance our little jaunt coincided with the annual Sitges Tapa festival.
How lucky was that !
The town hosts the "Tapa a Tapa" event and "The Tapa of the year" which is one of the great gastronomic happenings in Catalonia.
Some top chefs such as Ferran Adrià have elevated the tapas concept to the category of "haute cuisine".
we managed only to tick off a few but our absolute favourite was definitely El Donostiarra.
It was also very close to the hotel, beach and the gay bars.
Very friendly and the food was fabulous
Next to my wine and sunglasses is a tapa which was -
Chorizo / Tortilla /Foie gras / Tortilla / cured pork loin on a slice of baguette.
After 5 days of sun, sea and Tapas it was time to leave our friends who were travelling home separately.
On the very last day, the weather changed. Gone was the amazing sunshine and 30C heat to be replaced by cold and damp.
Luckily with a late flight we had already earmarked the day for a troll around Barcelona.
Not knowing the city and refusing to pay €30 to sit on a tour bus we ended up in the medieval quarter which was amazing
From there, up the Rambla
By chance we stopped at the most delightful cerveseria for lunch
Having grabbed the last table outside we were pleased to find that an half hour later there were masses of people trying to get a table both inside and out.
Pork fillet with cheese in a very yummy little baguettes
Tortilla with brochette and a very nice glass of Spanish Rose'.
With out question the best meal of the holiday.
After more wanderings around the city we found the station we needed to get to the airport.
...and took another well deserved rest.
More needed than enjoyed. it still hit the spot.
It has been compared to as Barcelona's equivalent of London's "Angus Steakhouse" which is a little harsh.
Barcelona has three main railway stations.
We needed Passeig de Gràcia For the airport .
If you are entering Barcelona for the first time I strongly recommend you stay on the train and alight at Estació de França ( that's France not Franco by the way )
A truly fabulous and memorable holiday. Fantastic weather and great company.
I would just like to add that I hope the 2 guys that stole my phone in Sitges both rot in Hell