Good thing we had the ear plugs in our ears because the announcements to get off the boat came on really early at 5:30 am on September 7, 2012. The cruise ship was in Barcelona, Spain.
Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 7:30 am. We got breakfast at the buffet.
When we came back my iJen sign I made was gone. I got mad coz I didn’t take it down and that one of the housekeeping took it and threw it away. Ivan asked Aires about it and said I was really mad. He said they had to clean. They could have took it off and asked if we wanted it or not. He said his assistant probably took it and he’d ask her. I never got an apology which I thought was bad and never got my sign back.
Ivan and I packed everything up. We left the Carnival Breeze at 9 am.
We got the bus to the circle in Barcelona. From there, we got the Metro Diagonal. We walked to Avis. Ivan set up a rental car months ago online. It was easy picking it up. We got a cute little Citroen C3. Small cars are very common in Europe. Unfortunately, the car was manual (stick) so I wouldn’t be able to drive since I don’t know how to drive manual.
We put our backpacks in the car and then we were off to Glories Mall for the Carrefour. Ivan bought a USB internet stick at Orange. We also picked up some food.
At 12:20 pm, we started driving. The GPS was confusing and so were the roads of Barcelona – so we got a bit lost. We started driving towards Montserrat.
A few hours later, we were at the bottom where the train was to get up to Montserrat. We parked the car and then took the train up to Montserrat. It was beautiful going up.
Montserrat is famous for the monastery and the boys choir. Unfortunately, we missed the boys choir but Ivan read that it gets super packed when the choir is singing, so no big deal that we missed it.
The views were so beautiful up there.
On top of a building, we took some great pictures of the mountains.
We visited the monastery and walked around.
It’s really pretty inside. The mountains are so lovely.
We also checked out the shops. There were lots of stalls practically selling the same things: fig cakes, cheese and dried fruit. We got more than our fare share of free samples. Ivan found a shop and bought some baby bell cheese. We also bought a postcard and a fig cake. It was time to head back by the train to the car.
It was time to hit the road this time towards Cadaqués. Salvador Dali once lived near this little fishing village. The roads were windy. I think since we have a small car I feel like all the turns we take since it was making me a bit nauseous.. also, manual seems to be jerky and I’m not used to that.
We came upon Cadaqués which is beautiful with all the white buildings.
We checked in to Hotel Misty. We used the free internet in the lounge. The lady at the hotel said that it was 10 minutes to the village and 10 minutes to the Salvador Dali Museum House. Ivan said should we drive to the museum and she insisted it was really close by and there was no parking. She gave us a map and a list of events.
Ivan, Lil Dave and I were getting hungry. The walk to the village was 10 minutes away. We walked around to find a good place for dinner.
Dinner was at L’Hostal de Cadaqués. We got a freebie of pork and a fried quail egg on bread.
Since Ivan doesn’t eat meat and I do sometimes I got to eat both of them. We ordered patatas bravas (Ivan’s favorite), cod fritters, goats cheese salad and monditos with crab and pineapple. Lil Dave had banana fritters, monditos with bananas and chicken and a banana soup. The food was really good.
We walked around and found a big square. There was a table with a few people heating up the rum with lemon peels and some kind of spice.
We listened to the music while we waited for the rum to be ready.
This place is very authentic since most of the menus are in Spanish, Catalan and French (France is very close by) . There were not many menus that had English on them. We got the rum drink which was 2 Euros per cup. It was very tasty and reminded us of mulled wine.
There was a traditional Catalan band playing the latest hits (I presume) on a stage next to the water.
It was a lovely night out. We walked further along and found better restaurants than the one we went to. We were too hungry to walk further though. We’ll have to check one of these restaurants tomorrow.
We had a long day and were knackered (tired), so we went back to the hotel to get some rest.