Another day in Barcelona before embarking on our cruise. We started the day with a trip to La Boqueria, the market. It was a really different market experience, even for foodies like us. Amazing variety of fresh seafood, fresh squeezed juices, rabbits and chickens with the heads still attached, still bloody from their feathers having just been plucked. Until I found the chocolate vendor - amazing! So much gorgeous produce, too. After the market, we headed back to the hotel so my hubby could grab a swim in the pool. Now that was a good lesson learned - I should always check out the hotel before anything else. Two pools. The first one, on the roof, was amazing. It was right next to a tapas bar with loungers and a guy drinking at 10:30am. (Spain is like that.) But truly, it looked like something straight out of Miami. So chic! The other pool was in the basement. A brick room with a gorgeous, glowing blue pool in the middle. It’s actually the level their spa is on, and the environment is definitely serene. There were even lounge chairs IN the pool, complete with spa jets! I was impressed. We then grabbed a Serrano ham baguette (the one rated by “36 Hours in Barcelona” in the NY Times - or should I say overrated. Delicious, but the best sandwich I’ve ever had? Dude needs to come to Buffalo) and jumped on the metro to Sagrada Familia, the church built by Gaudi. The metro is really easy to navigate in Barcelona. We hopped off at Sagrada Familia (which, coincidentally, is also the name of the stop) and got in line for the church tour. The church is amazing. The façade is covered with hundreds of statues, all situated amongst sculptures that look like winding vines with leaves. Inside, the church is still very much under construction. I hope to be able to return in 50 years to see the progress. It’s such modern architecture. Really unique. Gaudi was strongly influenced by nature, and his designs have great curvy lines juxtaposed with sharp angles. Fascinating to see it being built! We took some time to walk around the neighborhood before heading back to La Rambla. After perusing the other side of La Rambla for a bit, we grabbed some water, went back to the hotel to pick up our bags, and hopped a flight to the port. Did the whole embarkation thing - it’s a lot different from Disney, no free soda anywhere, no free specialty coffee, only one bathroom, small stateroom. I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s better because there are no children. J Hubby just took a dip in the hot tub. I’m not sure he’s sold on the cruise thing yet, but I’ll keep trying!