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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Day 5 Shopping and Cocktails

Finally a day to let loose and no formal cultural activities. Ok perhaps this is not entirely true. Since all the museums we are interested in are closed on Mondays we decided to walk around the town - and try to shop. We ventured out from our apartment and walked around for 2-3 hours. Monica tried clothes on in a few stores, but only bought a few tops. Joe tried on some attire in a nice men's shop - but nothing was quite right.

By late afternoon we realized we were hungry for lunch and looked for a lunch spot. We ended up once again repeating ourselves, this time at the Tapas Tapas Restaruant. It was complete déjà vue. The 94 year old man was there again, just finishing his lunch. When he left the same younger man who had taken his table last time did so again. The staff remained friendly and the food was enjoyable. 

After lunch we shopped a bit more, mostly presents for family and friends and then went home for a siesta. 

We had made dinner reservations at Bobby's Gin ( ). The online reviews describe this cocktail bar as having excellent drinks and food with somewhat aloof service. That describes our experience fairly well.  Our reservations were for 8:30 and when we arrived the place was almost empty, not surprising given the early time (for Barcelona) and it also being a Monday. The bartender suggested we start with a drink at his bar before venturing in for dinner. He was a master of his craft, but crafty in his coyness about his ingredients and techniques used for making his cocktails. But the results were tasty and professional. Our food included tapas of dim sum, tuna and a wonderful tiny burger. It was just the right amount of food and pleasant to eat. 

Our walk home was uneventful and sleep (now passed midnight) came quickly. 

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