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Barcelona local style...

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After a late Thursday night arrival, checking into the Hotel Astoria on Carrer de Paris, just behind Diagonal, we went for a late dinner at a branch of my favourite Mexican in Barcelona.

The next morning we woke late and went to the University of Barcelona on Grand Via and got an inside tour of the original rooms and offices from as far back as the 1400's and library. I saw a book that had been made in the 1500's! The colours were amazing and it was very well preserved.

After wandering around the University area some more, we went back to the Hotel to get ready for the wedding.

The wedding was in a beautiful church just behind Placa Catalunya - in Placeta di Ramon Amadeu. We then went to the reception in a Palace, outside the city to the north which was really beautiful. It was a really fun wedding from the jamon and cava in the palace gardens to yummy food, fantastic music (always good rocking out to Jet with the groom, the only one who knew the song...) and even bacon and egg rolls at 4am to keep everyone going! Even the kids were still partying at 3am, Catalan style!

The night only ended with a drunken bus ride back to Barcelona with about 50 other wedding guests!

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Finally the mythical Cadaques

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Woke late in the Hotel Astoria and struggled to check out... We went to Sants Station to pick up our hire car: a little Smart Car (for a 3 hour freeway drive, oh no...) then picked up our bags from the hotel and had lunch with family.

Eventually we got on the road about 4pm and drove up to Cadaques. We explored the beautiful little town: on a magical bay with little beaches, local sailing boats, whitewashed buildings and colourful flowers. It has a really arty feel due to the Dali and many other artists influence: I can understand why, its so photogenic and the light is magical.

Cadaques is a bit inconvenient to get to: a long drive across windy, narrow roads means that its not so overrun - this weekend was an exception as it was the last weekend of the Spanish holidays and the whole of Barcelona was there... we casually looked for accommodation whilst we were exploring the city... then more panicked, there was nothing!! Eventually we found a hotel with 1 last room in Port Lligat (where Dali's house is) over the hill on the other side of the peninsula.

With that done, we relaxed with a celebration: seafood paella accompanied with a local white wine, and flan for desert, mmmm!

Eventually we made our way back to the car and to our hotel: Hotel Port Lligat and crashed!

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