Day Nine - I’ve been using these last few days to revisit some of my favorite places in Barcelona. First stop: Marcat de la Boqueria. My mom asked for something sweet, so I got her candied cherries (she loves cherries). I didn’t leave empty handed on my end, though. I got myself the perfect little tote. It has “Mercat de la Boqueria” written on it with these cute little illustrations of meat and veggies and other market-y things.
From there, I went to see a free art exhibit La Virreina Centre de la Imatge. Obviously, it wasn’t enough art for me (because there’s no such thing as “too much art”), so I walked over to the CCCD, where I saw what is now one of my favorite exhibits of all time, Photo Phenomenon. It’s an exhibit on the art of photo books—how they’ve been put together, purchased, collected, and traded throughout the years. I got myself the catalog because the exhibit had some of the most intriguing texts I’ve ever read. I usually find myself looking at the pretty things at an exhibit. But this one? I wanted to learn as I looked. And now I’ll have the texts forever!
I walked around a bit before I went back to the apartment to rest, as I’m feeling slightly under the weather, and I watched some ‘Downton Abbey.’ I finished season one and I’m trying not to get too attached to any character in particular. I have a sense a lot of my would-be favorite characters will die off in the coming seasons. Sparing myself the heartache.
The Mercat la Boqueria is a temple to gastronomy. The market offers a paradise for the senses, a collection of smells and colours and all things edible.
Take a look at where locals and visitors alike can get lost in the riot of food options, from fresh fruits and vegetables to prepared juices and salads to jamon and tapas and seafood, meats, bread, spices, and so much more. Best of all the prices are all really quite reasonable. So if you are like me and love enjoying many options, you can go crazy with a selection of treats from many of stalls.
One caution though - It is not for the faint of heart or vegetarians. These markets do not shy away from using all parts of animals in their cuisine, and some of the meat stands vividly display the various organs and heads of the animals. Maybe it is best for you to skip on ahead to the pastries and breads!
Often simply referred to as La Boqueria, the market is in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla.