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Spain 2008
Paul, Barb and Vicki accompanied 26 students to
Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Cuenca, Valencia and Barcelona for 16 days.
It was a great trip!
Our group at the Valle de los Caídos
Lorenzo, Jorge, Consuelo, Barb, Paul, Gema and her "novio" having tapas in Madrid.
Just outside of Cuenca is the Ciudad Encantada, an area of strange rock formations.
In Valencia it was hard to believe the fallas were made of
papier maché and flowers. . .
and the burning at midnight was spectacular!
In Barcelona, Parque Guell is like walking in a piece of art.
Paul at the 4 Cats (Picasso's old hangout)
Vicki at Montserrat
Girona's Old City
Seafood platter in Cadaqués
Sausage tree and snails in Sitges
Dessert wine and cookies followed the meal.
Who'd have thought the Last Supper took place on the beach in Sitges?!!

Restaurant Recommendations

Restaurant Montserrat –  beautiful setting overlooking the mountains
Costelles Xai – excellent grilled lamb chops
Ice cream dessert was lovely – several sauces, flavored whipped cream, w/fresh fruit

El Gran Café – C/ Avinyo, 9 (old quarter)- old style, up scale
Fabetes Baby Salteja – Baby broad beans with chipirones
Amanida de Bolets – Baked Camembert cheese round over warm marinated mushroom strips, chopped greens on a bed of fresh spinach leaves drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, sprinkled with English walnuts

Restaurante Hispano – Paseo Joan de Borbó, 21 – 932 21 42 97 – Barceloneta on the harbor
Grilled squid – Grilled Seafood platter – Delicious fideos con sepia (light noodles with pieces of squid) with an alioli sauce that is outstanding

El Convent – behind the Boquería Market – 9 € menu – the veal with Roquefort was very good

Restaurant Ix – Horta Sanes, 1 – on the harbor - wonderful sopa de peix

Restaurante Plaza Mayor – 969 21 14 96 - 18€ menu
 Codillo de Puerco (roasted pork shoulder) in its own juice- best entree!
Judias con oreja y chorizo – a wonderful mild bean in a pork gravy with pieces of pig’s ear and sausage pieces
Emperador con salsa – Grilled sword fish with a shrimp and clam sauce - delicious
Side dish of marinated zucchini – outstanding

La Forca Vella – C/de la Catedral – la Forca, 4 – 972 22 72 02 – wonderful  rabbit – reasonable price- cute atmosphere in the old town

Sidras Mingo – Paseo de la Florida, 34 – 91 547 79 18 -really good rotisserie chicken

La Oficina – C/ Cronista Lecea, 10 – 921 460 283 – www.restaurantelaoficina.com – beautiful atmosphere – roast suckling pig

La Masia- Passeig Vilanova, 164 – 93 894 10 76 – fun atmosphere – typical of rural meat house – cava from the region – huge chuleton de ternera – caracoles – sausages hanging on grape vines and pan de tomate served as appetizer – bizcocho type meringue cookies served with a local mostcatel  type sweet wine free for dessert – Popular restaurant, but no tourists

Gallo Moron - Plaza Santiago Rossinyol (next to the cathedral on the old quarter) – 10.50€ menu – nice setting, outdoor café or indoor Roman era diningroom

Restaurante Bisagra – Real del Arrabal,14 – 925 22 06 93 – reasonable menu 11€ - good pisto manchego, sopa de cocido and arroz a la cubana

Los Toneles – Ribera,17 (old town opposite bullring) 8 € menu