La Barceloneta and Montjuic

Today we got up early and went to have breakfast at La Barceloneta. This is the same mistake we made yesterday. It appears that no one serves breakfast, and if they do, they start at 11am with a meal called lunch. We assumed we went to the wrong part of town yesterday, but today we traipsed around three suburbs and went back to the same desperate shop we found yesterday. It excelled in its statement dish of overpriced eggs and bread. There're other dispersed cafes doing the same thing when you look hard enough. It's that or bakeries from here on in. 

Anyway, this warm greeting made up for any lack of cafés in La Barceloneta. 

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In our breakfast hunt, we had stumbled across this at the beach. I wondered what he was doing for their social fabric....

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By this time it was 1130, and we went to catch the cable car up to Montjuic. BUT. The line was 60 minutes long. As we read the sign, I turned to leave, but this Spanish lady came and ushered us from the back of the queue "this way, baby preferred." Karl and I looked confused, thinking she was kicking us off the cable cars. Nek Minit, standing at the front of the queue. The looks on the grannies and single trendy people were priceless. Matisse you sly dog....

 View from the top of the gondola thing

View from the top of the gondola thing

 Montjuic

Montjuic

We went to Montjuic and went to the fort. It was cool, for a blatant tourist trap. After forking out 11 euro to get there, it was another 8 euro for another gondola ride to the fort and then a whopping 5 euro entry fee. The thing that made it deadly was the fact that people were doing archery down the side. I forgot to get a picture. 

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Another cool thing about Montjuic, apart from its incredible views over the city, is its 1992 Olympic stadiums. Unfortunately this one was gated up, but I peeked through a crack to see some kids diving. I want to go back and figure how to break in too.... Seriously, imaging sitting in these stalls, looking over an olympic pool event and taking in the whole of Barcelona. Magic. 

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 The Olympic diving pool stadium, as viewed through pin hole metal

The Olympic diving pool stadium, as viewed through pin hole metal

Karl went to see Atletico de Madrid v Barcelona at the football stadium. I stayed home with Matisse, not because I am a good parent, but because the tickets were 250 euro. Has anyone noticed my new preoccupation with the cost of things?Since becoming a housewife I have also taken up penny pinching.... 

This is an awesome video from the game. Each seat had a square of plastic on it, and when everyone held them up, this happened. Brilliant! The game drew 1-1. La Liga premieres are Madrid, for the first time since 1996.