Spain is a beautiful country rich in history, with stunning architecture, and known for its cultures, and delicious cuisine. They are famous for The Running Of The Bulls, which is held every year. It is a Spanish tradition that started in Northeastern Spain, in the 14th century. Spanish love their soccer, and are world-renowned. They won the World Cup in 2010, and defeated the Netherlands. Gastronomy, and great wines are also a major part of their cultures.
Follow me for A Taste Of Beautiful Barcelona!
In 2011, my family and I embarked on an amazing Mediterranean cruise, and we visited many beautiful cities in Europe. One of the port of calls, was the magical city of Barcelona. We spent an entire afternoon frolicking the famous, and happening area of Las Ramblas. The streets were filled with creative artists, mimes, vendors, restaurants, and thousands of tourists. We ate delicious Spanish tapas, drank beer and sangria, and visited lots of souvenir shops. We enjoyed a beautiful stroll in this vibrant and fun city, and had a grand time.
Taking pictures and having a good time….
La Boqueria is probably one of the most famous markets in Europe. You will find a vast selection of cured meats, and scrumptious cheeses. The Serrano ham, and Manchego cheese are delicacies in Spain, and can be found all over the place.
Sangria is a must have, when visiting Spain
Later in the afternoon, we went back to the cruise ship to get ready for nighttime. On the schedule, there were two activities, either watch a spectacular performance by Flamenco dancers, or have some free time, and eat Paella al fresco (in the outdoors). Although, we were torn between the two fantastic choices, the foodie in us could not resist the idea of eating this traditional and delectable Spanish dish.
The Paella was delicious and the entire experience was surreal. Sadly, one day was simply not enough to visit this enchanting city, but the good thing about it, we can always go back.
In closing, I would like to share with you this famous quote by Charlie Trotter: ” All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambiance. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.”
I hope you have enjoyed my wonderful trip to Barcelona. Stay tuned for more exciting blogs on My Food, Wine & Travel Lifestyles.
Buenos Dias! Have a great day!