We spent the day with our host family again, a much better experience! We met some other friends of theirs – the wife is Italian and the husband Spanish. They have two kids who go to school with our host’s daughter.
We played at a little playground just across from their apartment and Ellie made a new friend. What a surprise :-0. We took the bus together – easier to move 9 people – to the Parc de la Ciutadella. There were various entertainers for the children – marionettes and bubbles galore. It was another beautiful day in Spain.
We walked through the Born, which is comprised of parts of the old city wall from the 1700’s. We had the best pizza in town (according to our Italian friend) at Murivecchi on Calle Princesa. It did remind me of my numerous trips to Italy.
Then we walked through Plaza San Jaume, a beautiful square with the town hall and historic government buildings. Our friends insisted that we have the best gelato anywhere (good to be with Italians, they know gelato). They took us to gelaaati di Marco, an artesinal Itlaian ice cream store at 7 Llibreteria. I was totally stuffed from lunch but I forced a small cioccococo – an amazing coconut ice cream with a thick dark chocolate sauce mixed in. I think it was the best ice cream/gelato I have ever had – and I have eaten ice cream all over the world!
We took the kids to the little park at Placa San Miguel to burn off some energy. I have to say that Spain does a really great job at having playgrounds all around the city. We walked back through to Ave de Gracia and there were lots of people celebrating the long holiday weekend.
Another great day in Spain with “friends”!