Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Barcelona

As eclectic as my photo order, what a wonderful city! 
The first photo is Sagrada Familia.  This structure was designed by Antoni Gaudi, who was taken on as lead architect in 1883, little is recorded about his predecessor. The interior is mind blowing.



 Gaudi died in 1926, run over by a tram.  

The third photo is Cerverceria Catalana, book in advance, it's needed and worth it, best Tapas we have ever had.
Mrs D said that IPA looks interesting.  Only able to see the colour (see earlier photo). We asked for some.  How surprised were we when we saw it was Brew Dog, a favourite of ours in Nottingham.
Refined drinking too, we found some lovely Cocktail Bars.  Our favourite was Boadas on La Rambla near Placa Catalunya. The serving staff wear dinner jackets and their cocktail knowledge is second to none.  Be careful the strength of the cocktail is mega high.  We had to ask them to hold back a little unlike the American girl next to us who was trashed on her second one.

We stayed at H1898, a wonderful resting place, with our room on the corner of Carrer Del Pinto. fortuny and La Rambla


The system, hmmm!
They are everywhere!

Lunch

My next boat, better get a survey!
More Gaudi design, Casa Batllo.
The bullring, now a shopping centre with some nice restaurants.  We ate at Abrassame, right on the top.  The two photos above this one give some indication of the view.

All in a lovely trip and we will return.  Next is a trip to Fradley! Then Dubrovnik and then Prague and New York.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Short catch up

Not much boating lately due to work.  However, yesterday we decided to start repairing the hopper window seals.  We removed the opener windows and cut off all of the base liner.  We then cleaned and replaced them as well as re-fitting all of the Curtains following a home wash.  Sadly, the hair draught excluder stuff we got was wrong so I checked midland swindlers and they have some.  A trip there in a few weeks.  A few weeks is because we have a busy September.

Next weekend we leave older daughter with younger, accompanied by friends, and hop over to Barcelona for a 23rd wedding anniversary, staying on H1898, just off La Rambla.  We get back following Monday, Tuesday I head off to Bristol, returning the next day.  Saturday it's back to Bristol but this time it's to take Johanna to university.  She has a place at University of Bristol to read Law.  So I stay in Bristol as Mrs D heads back home with daughter number 2 on Sunday.  I am then working in Bristol Monday through Wednesday.  After that it's back to Nottingham and hopefully a boating weekend to finish the windows.

Might get some time off over October half term and either nip off to Spain, or find some October sun somewhere or even do some boating which seems the most likely.

An exiting and busy month as I was in Bristol the whole of last week, barring the bank holiday Monday.