Remember the amazing view of Catalunya Plaza we had from our hotel room?
Well, let me take you down to the Plaza itself.
It was always bustling with lots of people and birds.
This cutie was having a marvelous time playing and I couldn't resist snapping a photo. Pigeons can be icky (for lack of a more scientific term) so be careful with your kids playing with them though.
There are certain things that make a good plaza...fountains (check), flowers (check)
random statues of famous locals (check)
and food, of course! (check, check)
We ate dinner one night at Restaurant Catalunya. We had been sightseeing all day and were so happy to sit down, rest our feet and eat some yummy food. When I looked at the time, I noticed it was 8:30 PM and I felt like a true local. The Spanish eat SO late. At least that is late to me. I have usually eaten by 6:00 PM.
I started with an arugula salad with mozzarella balls, tomato, corn, cucumbers, olives and a pesto dressing. It was perfect! I love the spicy arugula with the fresh pesto...great combo!
My daughter ordered the spaghetti and neither one of us liked the taste. I honestly don't know why it wasn't good, but it just didn't taste right.
My paella, on the other hand, was quite delicious. I ordered the seafood one, which included muscles, clams and shrimp. What I liked best though, was the rice with the sauce on it. About this time, our waiter came over and told me to tie up my bags that I had on a chair. He was keeping an eye on things and noticed some sketchy people walking around. So two things: the waitstaff at this restaurant was great (good service and friendly) and the area could be a little sketchy at night. So be careful.
Catalunya Plaza is a transportation mecca. Chances are you will be here at some point during your trip. This is where you catch the tour busses, city busses or rent a bike. The locals have their own motor bikes...TONS of them!
Because of its central location and transportation needs, there are always lots of people just hanging around. These folks are hanging by some more of those plaza must haves: water, statues and birds.
I love these types of areas in Europe. Plazas, piazzas, courtyards, squares, cloisters...I love them all!