Barcelona is a VIBRANT city! So much to see and do. We were there during the La Mercé Festival which reminded me of the crazy festivals in September in San Miguel de Allende. The Spaniards/Catalans love their fireworks and live music! La Mercé Festival has been celebrated in Barcelona since 1871 to observe the Catholic Feast Day of Our Lady of Mercy. It is a time to say good bye to summer with the largest street party of the year…
Barcelona is bustling everywhere… from walking down Portal de L’Angel:
…to visiting the UNBELIEVABLE market on La Rambla called La Boqueria. This marketplace dates back to 1217 but has been in its current structure since 1835.
Fresh fruits and veggies…
Lots of great fungi!
All the seafood you can imagine, and then more after that…
YUMMY! this fish head looks DeLish.
…and Meat galore ~most of it beyond recognition for the average Whole Foods or Albertsons shopper (leads me to think our food is not quite as “whole” perhaps as it could be?) YEP, that is a WHOLE head, and a tongue, and organs, and so on…
The peppers, garlic and onions were beautiful!
Just about anything you can imagine eating you can find here… didn’t see any cotton candy, but it may have been there.
Just walking around one spots many interesting things. Think my dog Charlie might want a ride like this one?
I was wondering where I could get a hat like that and join their group??
More great graffiti!
It’s always better to fake it till you make it…
An Erotic Museum 69? And, conveniently located just below the youth hostel!
In case you were looking for an LSD store, there’s one right here!! Check out those Dream Catchers!
Anyone know the temperature outside?
And, finally, legend has it that if you drink out of this fountain, you will return to Barcelona! I filled my water bottle!
check in tomorrow, I’ll take you to Gaudi’s famous cathedral, the Sagrada Familia!