From Vienna we flew to Barcelona where we arranged for our Airbnb hostess, Esther, to pick us up and take us to her lovely, seaside apartment in El Masnou.
There are times while traveling for a long time that you feel you’ve reached the point of ‘sightseeing overload’ and just need to take a few days rest to recharge your batteries. The last time we stopped to recharge was weeks ago in Lake Bled, Slovenia and now El Masnou, Spain.
El Masnou is close to everything. It has massive beaches and is just a 20-minute train ride into downtown Barcelona. We were lucky to be staying right across the street from the marina where there are dozens of restaurants to choose from. We really needed 3 days of doing nothing but reading, walking, eating and sleeping.
While enjoying one of our favorite pastimes, pursuing restaurant menus, we met the owner of two of the nicer properties. He asked what we wanted eat, and we told him we were looking for a nice place with a large selection of fresh fish. He lead us down the walkway to his other property, Moll • Oest. After looking at his menu and the beautiful venue, this became our go-place two days in a row!
We were thrilled to be joined for our first lunch at Moll•Oest by our good friend and fellow traveler, Debbie Campbell of Senior Nomads. Michael, the other half of this traveling duo chose to spend his lunchtime on the huge beach just down the way, allowing Joyce, Debbie and me several hours to sip a good Chardonnay, devour a delicious shrimp salad and catch up with each other’s travel itinerary.
Rain found us on our last day while walking back from the village’s small shopping area. The view from a roof-top overlook gave us this shot of downtown Barcelona with the storm clouds gathering.
On our last day we once again had lunch at Moll•Oest but that evening wandered into a small cafe just outside our front door, La Julia. Thinking of our good friend, Barb Pagano who loves this dish, we enjoyed their freshly-caught grilled octopus. It was sooooo good and a perfect choice for our last night of R&R in La Masnou.
We had now recharged our bodies with lots of sleep and delicious food. Time to hop on the train and head into Barcelona for 4 days of sightseeing….especially Gaudi!
Until next time……