Sunday and a day to relax. The kids went out on the town last night ending up in a Latino disco. As they were the only Americans in the disco, they were stared at quite a bit, but this did not stop them. Shannon and I stayed up to past midnight to read about the sights we had seen that day. She was very interested in what we were reading. She is 11. We read until midnight, then went to sleep.
We woke up around 9:00AM and found out that everyone else had been out until 4:00AM. We all voted to go sleep on the beach. We had a light breakfast, then headed to the Metro for the beach. Apparently everyone else had the same idea, as the Metro was packed. We realized quickly that we needed to wait for the next train. We also headed down the platform to try to get a better car. This may have worked because we were able to at least get on, but it was still very crowded. After a couple of stops, we got off the train and headed to the beach. We quickly realized that all we needed to do was follow everyone else. We were afraid that it would be wall-to-wall people and that we would not find a place for 6 people on the beach. This was not the case. Although it was crowded, it was still very nice. The beach sand was a little darker than we are used to and more coarse and fairly steep to the water. We laid out our blankets and Justin, Erin and Kevin went in the water. They said it was freezing, but stayed in for awhile. Shannon and I went down after awhile and I got in to my ankles. 🙂 She did, too, but later went in all the way. Not many were in the water and I don’t think Heather went in at all. There were vendors on the beach selling nearly everything, including Mojitos, but we had brought snacks and water. We did get hungry and tried to get into a restaurant on the beach, but were unsuccessful. If you do go to the beach, make sure you make a reservation ahead of time or at least when you arrive or you will not be able to get in. We walked a few blocks to a nice little restaurant called Siempreviva, where we got a table outside and had Sangria and tapas. Kevin ordered Paella and, as usual, we all shared.
The wind picked up as we were finishing our meal and we had discussion about whether to go back to the beach or start the walk home. The wind was cool and we were not dressed for cool weather, so we all voted to head back home. We starting walking back to the apartment as we determined it would only be a 20 minute walk. We decided to get off the beaten path and enjoyed a leisurely walk through the Gothic District, where we had been on Friday. We stopped for ice cream along the way and walked by the Picasso Museum and the Church of Santa Maria del Mar. It is 7:10PM now and no one is in a hurry to be anywhere.
This is my daughter-in-law, Erin’s, first trip to Europe. At first she said it all seemed pretty normal for a city, but as the days have gone by, she has found it increasingly interesting. I think she really enjoyed the walk back today, particularly since there was not need to be anywhere at a particular time.
We have found that it is simpler for just one of us to pay and then split it 3 ways. Google Wallet works perfectly and I highly recommend it, if you are traveling with friends. You can’t worry too much about whether one person orders more expensive food or not because you will go crazy. Fortunately, my children are good sports and so am I.