We spent some time exploring in Barcelona today. We started out at La Boqueria, which is a huge indoor market, with what seems like thousands of gorgeously arranged stalls and cafes, which sell every kind of fresh food you can imagine. We saw everything from the beautiful to the bizarre, including incredibly fresh fruits and veggies, fresh mushrooms, nuts, wine, breads, sweets, juices, and a disturbing array of apparently edible animal parts (and whole animals) that I have NEVER seen for sale before. It was a foodie's paradise and so much fun! I wanted to buy something at every stall, but we restricted ourselves to one cup of exoctic fruit juice each, which we consumed on site, and a couple of bunches of asparagus and a head of Romanesco to add to our Christmas dinner.
From there, we made our way over to the famous (or infamous, depending on who you talk to) Sagrada Familia. Construction on this cathedral (now a minor basilica) began in 1882 and continues to this day. At present, it is about 70% complete. It was certainly something to behold.
|This was far from the craziest thing we saw at La Boqueria,|
but this picture came out better than many of the others.
|One of the amazing juice stalls|
|A feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach|
|Chocolate dipped everything!|
|Thanks to its fun Christmas tree vibe, |
this lovely Romanesco got to come home with us for Christmas dinner.