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Published: September 30th 2017
Mercat del Born ...
... formerly El Born's market, it's now a funky museum/cultural centre/restaurant.
Geo: 41.3879, 2.16992
This was our last day together, as Justin was set to head home early tomorrow morning - wanting to make this an epic day, we had considered a day trip to do some cava tasting, or to one of the many nearby beaches. But sadly, Barcelona's horrific heat wave bested us, yet again. Exhausted from the incessant heat of this trip, none of us was all that eager to take a long trip on public transport.
Instead, we split off into groups, with the Barcelona newbies off to the Picasso Museum, for its weekly free admission day. The remainder of us headed back to the Mercat El Born for a coffee at its chic bar, where we surprisingly found ... the Barcelona newbies! Being a free day at the museum, the lineup was atrocious, and the last place you wanted to be in this blistering heat was standing outside for who-knows-how long, getting seared by the Spanish sun.
Eventually, we did splinter off - had it not been for the heat, all of us would've loved the idea of heading to Parc Guell, but it just would not have been worth the effort. So the rest of us stuck
A Bunch of Tired Guys ...
... stopping here for our morning coffee, we should have been vibrant and full of life - but instead, the heat and late nights has beat us down, with John looking particularly thrashed.
around the gothic quarter for some pintxos, before heading back to the air conditioned sanctuary that is our apartment, for a very long siesta. Hey, when in Spain, you do as the Spaniards do!
In honour of Justin's last night, we attempted to have an amazing meal, but failed miserably - amazing meals of the calibre we found in San Sebastián seemingly do not exist here, so we had to make due with something mediocre. But it wasn't a total loss tonight, as we made our way over to Montjuic for the nightly magic fountain show, in a desperate attempt at glory and grandeur, trying out our own little version of Ocean's Six. Sadly, just like dinner, it just didn't work out for us tonight - we completely forgot to take that iconic photo of ourselves at the fountain ...
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