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Biking around Barcelona

Posted by Jen on Jul-8-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had a late lunch on July 5, 2010.  We went to Taller de Tapas again.  Lil Dave got 2 portions of banana & chicken skewers.  Ivan and I shared shrimp skewers on bread, salt cod fritters, oven roasted red peppers, aubergine, onions with anchovies, rocket salad, chicken skewers and seafood paella.  The food was really tasty.

We walked to meet the Fat Tire Bike Tours at 4 pm.  The group was split up into two groups.  Our guide was an American guy named John who’s from St. Louis.

We went to the bike tour office to gets bikes.

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Then,we were off to explore Barcelona.  We saw many things like Placa Sant Jaume, Arc de Triompf, Palau de la Mùsica Catalana and Parc de la Ciutadella.

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Me & Ivan at Parc de la Ciutadella

We got to stop for a few minutes at Sagrada Familia.  It’s an unfinished church by Antoni Gaudi.  It’s really big and looks very cool.

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There’s fruit on top of a few towers.  Lil Dave thought he saw bananas, but it turned out to be bread.

The bike ride was pretty easy.  Our last stop was Barcelontea beach.  Everybody sat in beach chairs.  Ivan and I ordered sangria and a tuna sandwich.  Lil Dave got a banana & peanut butter sandwich and a virgin banana colada.  It was very cool to end the tour at the beach.  We liked sipping our sangria and relaxing.

The group headed back to the bike tour office.  It was a wonderful bike tour.  Our guide John was really funny.

We headed back to the hotel to rest.  Ivan and I both took showers.

Later that evening, we walked to a restaurant nearby.  It’s a locals place called Alta Taberna Paco Meralgo.  Lil Dave got a salad with bananas and goats cheese and his favorite Spanish dish bananas bravas.

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Ivan and I shared fish & seafood croquettes, smoked salmon on bread, grilled aubergine on bread, tuna cubes with sesame and soy sauce, courgette flower with mozzarella cheese and pavias salted cod strips.  We really enjoyed the tapas!  My favorites were the tuna cubes and the pavias salted cod strips.  The courgette flower didn’t have much flavor.  Ivan and I shared a rebosteria variada for dessert which is similar to a flan.  Dave got a cake with bananas and apples.  It was a delicious meal.  If you’re ever in Barcelona, you have to check out this terrific restaurant.

We walked back to the hotel and soon after we went to bed.

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