March 04, 2016

Far, far away - the tapas tour

Our first day in beautiful Barcelona with our group of bra-makers. We joined some of the people from the quilting group to go on at a tapas tour.  Can you spot Rebecca, Margaret, Yolande and Denise in this picture?
What's that, you ask? Tapas is the Soanish word for bite size appetizers that you find in many bars, usually with a slice of baguette as a base and meat, fish or cheese on top. Some of them are quite lovely to look at!
Legend has it that Tapas started when workers went to restaurants, found they couldn't afford both food and drink, opted for drink only and couldn't work in the afternoon! So the law was struck that drinking establishments had to accompany the sale of alcohol with small plates of bread, cheese and meat or fish. Isn't that a great story? ( our guide, Judith, told us that!)

We went to three tapas restaurants as part of the tour. All of the restaurants were in the old Gothic quarter, home of some fabulous architecture

Really old buildings!

All three restaurants had quite different atmospheres as well as meanies. The final tapas bar had us play a drinking game that involved drinking without letting the container touch your lips! We all tried it...mine ran down my chin but I think Yolande had been practicing before we got here!

An apple liqueur shooter finished off the tour and 24 happy cruisers walked back to the hotel...I am sure some were singing along the way! I wonder what tomorrow's activities will bring?

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  1. Barcelona is amazing! The food, architecture, and atmosphere are unlike anywhere else I have ever been. Enjoy yourself and make sure to beware of pickpockets - they are everywhere.

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    1. I agree, and we were very careful to keep our purses and wallets hidden!

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