GW Spain Trip 2016 No.33: Barcelona Part 7: Museums, Food

Spain Basque journey 2016 GW
Spain Basque journey 2016 GW

La Fundació Joan Miró 20160506-_MG_7157

This is a non-model nismo architecture post.

tour of art museums

Barcelona has some of the most famous museums in the world. This time I went to two of them. Picasso Museum and Miró Museum. I visit the Picasso Museum almost every time I visit Barcelona. It is located in the corner of Gothic Quarter, which is one of the oldest part of Barcelona. It’s in a back alley, so you might get lost, but I’ve been there many times, so it’s not a problem.

This place has limited admission due to its popularity in Barcelona. When you buy a ticket, you will be asked to enter at a certain time. Fortunately, it wasn’t so crowded when we visited, so we were able to enter after a short line.

We were not allowed to take photos inside. As for the museum’s collection here, many of the works are probably from Picasso’s teenage years in Spain before he went to Paris. I think it is also one of the main features that there are many works after the World War II, after his later years, and related to his last wife, Jacqueline, and the children she had.

The Miró Museum, on the other hand, was my first visit in 12 years. Maybe because of its location on Montjuïc hill, I had not visited it on my subsequent visits. You can get there by changing from the metro to the funicular. Unfortunately, the weather was bad.

La Fundació Joan Miró 20160506-_MG_7152

Tickets have no time limit for admission as opposed to the Picasso Museum. However, it was necessary to line up to purchase tickets.

Actually, this Miró museum is the largest private museum in the world. However, I didn’t feel that there were so many exhibits. I think it’s very interesting as a museum, because there are some realistic paintings from his early days, but there are many abstract paintings, so it was very difficult for me.

Dining in Barcelona

So, what to eat in Barcelona? Basically, you’ll find bars, cafes, restaurants, fast food, you name it.

What it is like, the first Spanish dish that comes to mind, Paella, is available everywhere.

Japanese people have an impression that paella is a typical dish of Spain, but in fact it is a local dish in Catalonia and Valencia on the Mediterranean side, and there are not many opportunities to eat it in so-called inland Castile and the Basque Country, except in cities.

バル的なものも数多くありますが、正直、カサ・ミラなどがあるグラシア通り沿いは、お店こそ多いものの、どちらかというとグラシア通りから小道に入ったところや他の通り沿いのお店に行ったほうが良いと思いました。こういう時はやはりウェブで、トリップアドバイザーで探すべきでしょう。

We used the bars and cafes for lunch and after the concert at the music hall. For lunch, there were many restaurants in a rather narrow street next to Passeig de Gracia, so we used those restaurants for two days. Since we didn’t have a car to drive, we were very happy to be able to have drinks at café-restaurants during the day.

We’re going to a restaurant for the evening.

Of course, being a big city, restaurants are very plentiful. Personally, I prefer to eat in a restaurant because I like to eat well. However, I went to a concert on the first night of my arrival, so I only used a restaurant on the second night of my stay.

ただし、そこは対旅行者インフレ真っ只中、バルセロナのレストランは比較的高いです。ずっと地方都市や田舎にいたので、とくにその物価の高さを感じます。頼むものや量にもよりますが、感覚としては、他のスペインの街(地方の都会でいうならサラゴサやサン・セバスティアン)よりも1.5倍の値段だった気がしました。

The quality of restaurants also seems to be on a par. It’s difficult to choose one because there are many in the city and many are out of the ordinary. We had a good dinner at this restaurant, but I didn’t feel it was very interesting because it was not Catalan cuisine but dishes from all over Spain.

For example, this is octopus Galician style. The direction is completely opposite, isn’t it? However, Barcelona, I thought seafood was delicious.

The website of the restaurant we visited (TripAdvisor) is here:.

If I have a chance to visit next time, I will research well in advance and make a reservation.

We didn’t have breakfast at the hotel, but at a nearby cafe.

Very easy choice for breakfast. We didn’t use the hotel buffet at all during our stay in Barcelona. There are plenty of cafes near the hotel where you can have breakfast.

Like in Paris and other places, in the city, I often don’t use buffets for breakfast. It’s too expensive.

No parking fees

Again, we traveled with a rental car, and although we used public transportation to get around Barcelona, we drove here and then returned the car to Barajas Airport in Madrid on our last day. So we parked the car in a public parking lot all the time during our stay in Barcelona.

I think the price was about 20 euros even if I used it for 3 days. I’m sorry, I forgot the exact price because it was about half a year ago, but I clearly remember the impression that it was unexpectedly cheap.

以上でバルセロナ編は終わり。あと数回でようやく2016年GWの旅行記執筆が終わります。もうひと踏ん張り(続く)

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