Hello there! Monday strikes back and apparently it’s nothing less than blue Monday; I don’t know about you but since I’m already (too) anxiously starting to count down days for the next vacation period and dreaming about the places we might go when the weather gets milder, I may start believing blue Monday exists. In Barcelona I don’t feel like we can seize the beauty of winter: only rain, darker skies and lower temperatures but not anything about the beauty of the snow which somehow would compensate the former. I’m sure those on snowy places are rolling your eyes at my idealized snowy winter wonderland, sorry!
And we are getting to the point of this post, we are trying to do more things around Barcelona so we can share with you the places we love since its seems we won’t be able to show you anything more wintery. This time we went for a Saturday eve in Gracia, one of the most well-known districts in Barcelona that is full of interesting shops and places to eat. Our friends Anna & Albert have recently – & may I add wisely? – moved to this district and with the excuse of paying them a visit (well, in fact we paid our respects to their lovely cat Ranma) we arranged a late lunch date and a walk around the neighborhood.
We went to La Pepita, a tapas bar which is known for its variation of the classic “pepito”, a veal sandwich. Apart from the most famous version, that comes with smashed potatoes, they also offer a range of fish and vegetarian options. The food is good and we also enjoy the decoration of the place, with a modernization of the typical Spanish tapas bar.
Way after 4pm (late lunch in Barcelona is laaate lunch) we walked around Gracia for some window shopping; main shopping streets are Verdi and Torrent de l’Olla, but if you come to Barcelona, make sure to wander around because you will find lovely smaller alleys like Goya and Ramon y Cajal with little jewels like nostàlgic, a photo store, and verdejade.
Have you ever been to Barcelona and visited Gracia? Do you live here and have a favorite spot we can’t miss? Don’t forget to tell us in the comment section. Wish you all a great week ahead, I’m sure blue Monday will be followed by all the colors of the rainbow, so bring it on!