Monday, September 7, 2009


To get things off on the right foot, it might help to explain the flow of the trip.

Day 1: Flew overnight, arriving in Paris at 4 AM. Booked a hotel for that morning, thus slept for a few hours, had a stroll, bought chocolates at l'Etoile d'Or, then had lunch at Le Cinq in the Four Seasons George Cinq Hotel. Flew to Barcelona and had dinner at a Basque place.
Day 2: Strolling around Barcelona, visited some Gaudi sights (La Perdrera chief among them). Lunch happened randomly when we rounded a corner at about 1:30 PM and saw Cerveseria Catalana. Dinner at famous seafood specialist Rias de Galicia.
Day 3: Road trip! Rented car and drove to Cadaques, arriving and checking in at the Hotel Rocamar just in time to walk down to the harbor for lunch at Els Pescadors. After a long break and soothing nap to the sound of Mediterranean waves, light dinner at Casa Nun.
Day 4: Light lunch of montaditos at Sol Azur, with a purpose - saving space for dinner at El Bulli.
Day 5: Tearful farewell to Cadaques. Abortive trip to Dali museum in Figueres (looong line to get in). Casual lunch in the ramblas consisting of iberico belotta from Can Marti and crappy bread. Again purposefully small to recover from the previous night and save space for El Celler de Can Roca in Girona.
Day 6: Lunch at the fun-but-elegant Mimolet across from our hotel in Girona's gothic quarter. After dropping off the car, dinner back in Barcelona at Taller de Tapas in El Born.
Day 7: Lunch on the world's best ham at Jamonisimo, followed by unfortunate dinner at Atheneu Gastronimc in the Barri Gothic.
Day 8: Breakfast, lunch and dinner - Air France's finest.

I've neglected to mention the various chocolates, pastries and restorative horchata (orxata in Catalan!) that interspersed these, but I wouldn't want anyone to think we were overdoing it.

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