What’s worse than a family with one crying toddler in your row on an overnight flight to Barcelona? Why two crying toddlers of course!

Not the greatest flight from Toronto to Barcelona for the above reason. I don’t have kids, and I know I should have empathy. But in hour three of a seven hour flight, with two toddlers screaming at the top of their lungs at every new sound or jolt, I lost my patience. But, not much you can do but stay awake the whole time!

Luckily, the reward of a night without sleep is the beautiful city of Barcelona that David and I are just starting to explore. We got to our wonderful hotel in the gothic quarter about noon (and after the sleepless flight we were very happy we paid for an advance pick up at the airport to our hotel.. made that part of the trip seamless). More on the hotel in a post soon to come.

Our room wasn’t ready yet, so we hung out on the rooftop lounge/pool for a while before getting advice on where to try out Tapas nearby. Our concierege steered us to the Born quarter, mere minutes from our Gothic quarter hotel (lots of bistros and bars and the best best for tapas he said).

After a 10 minute walk around, we settled on the look of Taller de Tapas… we sat down inside and ordered a well-deserved local house Temparanillo wine.

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We have been dying to try the tapas and chose the small fish with lemon, sizzling shrimp in a clay pot with garlic and oil (my personal favourite) and patatas braavas (fried potatoes with tomato and garlic mayonnaise). We asked for another recommendation and started with tomato breat (toasted bread with tomato and oil drizzled on top… we have since seen it everywhere and totally love it.

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This was a great start to our day, as we were feeling really tired and run down. After this fantastic meal we limped to our hotel and had a marvelous 3-hour nap in our comfy king sized bed! I know.. you shouldn’t nap to get on time in Europe… but we woke up refreshed and ready for a late night out for dinner (which usually starts aroudn 8:30 p.m. around here).

We are well on our way to adjusting to this fabulous way of life! I see siestas and great meals in our near future!

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