2016-09-13 Port Vell, Barcelona, Costa Dorada, Spain

The bikes are getting a good workout again today!!
Where ever you look, the architecture of Barcelona is certainly outstanding
It is hard not to pass a Gaudi building during our sightseeing excursions everyday

Again we come to Gaudi’s beautiful Casa Mila or ‘La Pedrera’ as it is also known
Today we decide to stop and have a coffee in the small restaurant called “Cafe de la Pedrera” on the ground floor
The Birthday Boy !!
Continuing on we pass plenty more interesting buildings

Looking toward Casa Arnus which is at the foot of Tibidabo, the highest peak of the Serra de Collserola Mountains
We secure our bikes and board the funicular to take us up to Tibidabo

We arrive at the top at the funicular station and find the views over Barcelona from here were the most spectacular we had so far seen of the city
The magnificent Church of the Sacret Heart of Jesus is perched on top of Mount Tibidabo
The stunning interior of the church is certainly worth visiting
The Tibidado Funfair, a leisure facility at the foot of the church is a popular attraction for young and old
We decide to go up higher to the next level of the church
We were then able to continue to the highest visitor point of the church
We certainly were a long way up!!
It was quite amazing being so close to the statue of Christ on top the the church
The views from up here were even more spectacular looking over Barcelona

The Tibidabo Funfair park looks dwarfed below the church. We were not that interested in taking one of the rides below for obvious reasons!!!!
The ‘Birthday Boy’ looks like he is having a happy day!!
Time to return back to the funicular and hopefully our bikes
As we ride back down we pass a very elegant part of Barcelona with beautiful mansions on either side of the road
Next we ride through La Rambla
Again we pass the still figures!!

Back past the ‘Face of Barcelona’
……….and to the Tangaroa to relax and freshen up before Ric’s birthday dinner this evening
After following a maze of alleyways we arrive at Tast-Ller [15 Loft] the restaurant which we booked for  tonight’s special dinner, with the owner and chef Mickel greeting us at the door
Once inside the Mikel shows us to a delightful table on the mezzanine floor
A selection of wonderful breads arrive with oils in interesting dispensers and a selection of delicious butters
When we made the booking for the restaurant, we were told there was a set 7 course degustation menu. We were very pleased to hear this at the time and were very much looking forward to enjoying the dining experience

A lovely surprise arrives at the table for Ric
Happy Birthday to you… Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday dear Ric……..
Amazing desserts!!!!
What an amazing dining experience with every dish designed to please both the palette and the eyes!!! The combination of the fabulous flavours and textures we truly outstanding!!! Well done Mikel Peinador!!!
Once our wonderful dining experience had finished, we took a leisurely stroll back through the interesting squares and streets to the port


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