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Monday in Barcelona

April 21st, 2008 at 7:25 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

Monday was a bit of a lazy day. We all slept in. I made it all the way to 8:30am, and then decided to wake the rest of the family at 11am. We didn’t make it out of the hotel until almost 1pm.

Among the good news we learned today was that both kids have officially finished their school year with flying colors, and are now ready to enter the next grade – 6th grade for Bas, 8th grade for Krystyana. And just about everything with educational value we’re doing on this current trip will count towards their educational requirements for the next school year, which will start in July for them (although we’ll be doing regular school work with them as soon as we return, and just submit what’s already been done at the start of their new grade).

Back to Barcelona. We had Tapas for lunch, perhaps the best ones yet (review forthcoming), and then went to Antoni Gaudi’s La Pedrera, also known as Casa MilĂ , an incredible example of modernism and organic form. La Pedrera also features an extensive Gaudi museum, so we all learned a lot more about this amazingly gifted man.

By the time we were done at La Pedrera it was almost 5pm, so after sampling some ice cream, coffee, and local hot chocolate (which is very thick and has the flavor and consistency of hot chocolate pudding – yummy!), we opted to try and spend what was left of the day at the Barcelona Zoo.

We got there at 5:30pm to find out that we only had 90 minutes left to explore it all (in contrast to our guide book’s misinformation which had suggested that we would have until 9pm), so we did a brisk walk and saw most everything as the zoo was virtually empty and we didn’t have crowds to contend with. In contrast to U.S. zoos, here we got to get a lot closer to the animals, which also provided much better photo opportunities (I’ll try to post some photos soon).

We finished up at 7pm, and then wandered about in search of diversion until restaurants opened at 8:30pm. We found some diversion at a cafe with another hot chocolate and some pastries (all very bad for my low carb diet, of course).

Finding an interesting restaurant for dinner proved to be a challenge because we had by then wandered out of the primary restaurant areas, and because Bas was over tired and grumpy. But we did find a great local place which I will write about more tomorrow as well.

In the plans for tomorrow is the Joan Miro museum and maybe the Picasso museum, all before we have to fly out to go to Granada and visit the Alhambra.