One of the things I like about Spain is the food. There's something quite relaxing about spending your evenings wandering from one tapas bar to the next, sampling the dishes they have on offer. This picture is actually an amalgamation of several tapas bars. One place we went back to a couple of times was tucked away in a little courtyard and has provided the setting for this little scene. The lamppost is from the fort at the top of Mont Juic. We spent a lovely evening up there at a blue festival which we just happened to stumble across unexpectedly one day. We'd been up to the fort during the day and noticed they were setting up some stages. We looked it up when we got back to the hotel and found that Mont Juic by Night was starting that evening. We headed back up there and sat watching the sun set over Barcelona with a couple of beers and thinking life doesn't get much better than this. You might get a picture of that one day but my first attempt didn't come out quite right so you'll have to wait. Once it was completely dark, we wandered inside the fort and watched Dani Perez. I'd never heard of him before but he's an amazing saxophonist. I bought both his albums when I got home and I'm listening to one of them now while writing this.
Of course no visit to Barcelona would be complete without sampling a glass or two of Cava. We took a trip out of the city one day to the Freixenet winery. What a surreal place that is! I've done similar tours of breweries and distilleries in the past so I've got to admit, I thought I knew what to expect but it soon became clear that I was wrong on that point. Our tour started out the usual explanation of how wine is made and what is special about Cava. We then boarded the Cava train. We've all seen those little trains trundling around seaside resorts but I've never been one one that trundles around a factory before playing a happy little tune as we stop to watch the slightly embarrassed factory workers packing bottles into boxes and operating a robot which I'm not entirely sure had a purpose. But by far my favourite part of the place (aside from the tasting of course) was this car parked outside the building. It was accompanied by two cava bottle motorbikes and a champagne cork truck. Now my friend Sonya likes a glass or two of bubbly and if she ever gets married I think this would be the perfect wedding car for her so Sonya, this picture's for you.