Welcome to Barcelona, this week’s Gardens Around the Globe feature. We were in Spain to celebrate John’s birthday with art, architecture, tapas and plenty of Sangria. Each day was devoted to the region’s celebrities including Picasso, Dali, Gaudi and Miro.
The Ramblas is like a wonderful main street packed with restaurants, shops and an outdoor marketplace for flowers, art and everything else imaginable. There’s a section where peddlers sell birds, bunnies, turtles and other small animals that take the place of conventional pets like cats and dogs.
One of the highlights along the Ramblas is La Boqueria Market–a huge covered outdoor market with each booth offering a specific kind of fare from fish to meat, candy to fruit, nuts to cheese and so much more.
The Chocolate Museum was just one of the many museums we enjoyed in Barcelona. The entry “ticket” was a chocolate bar and inside there were displays on the history of Le Cacao, intricate sculptures made of chocolate, chocolate making equipment and a little cafe with hot chocolate and pastries.
We took the train to Figueres to spend the day at the Salvador Dali Theater-Museum. The ivy covers the walls of the circular courtyard that’s filled with statues, a boat suspended in the air and his 1941 Cadillac. His tomb is located below the center stage of the theater.
The Parc Guell is a 30-acre garden on the site of a failed housing project designed by Antoni Gaudi. The park is lovely and includes two gatehouses that look like they belong in a fairytale. There’s also a house to tour, outdoor areas with musicians and artists, and acres of trees, shrubs and flowers. Wild parrots fly between trees and mosaic statues and fountains dot the landscape.