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Monday, 28 April 2014

Show me the way to the next Tapas bar

Well, show me the way
To the next Tapas bar
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why
Show me the way
To the next Tapas bar 


Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why
For if we don't find
The next Tapas bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
-The Doors


Eventually we find the Tapas (small plates) bar on Blai street. There weren't any tourists here and they kept track of what we ate by using the traditional method of counting toothpicks....We met a nice guy on the train from Montserrat yesterday who recommended this tapas bar....it might be one of our highlights of our ten days in Barcelona...Thanks Marc if you read this...great tip...


In the morning we take the L5 and L3 subways to the funicular and then the gondola up to the top of the mountain to see the huge Castell de Montjuic...


 Lluis Companys was the democratically elected president of Catalonia who was exiled to France in 1939 after the Civil War.  He was extradited by Nazi German authorities to the Spanish government in Madridin early September 1940 and imprisoned in the cellars of the headquarters of the Dirección General de Seguridad.. He was  kept in solitary confinement, tortured and beaten, while senior figures of the Franco regime visited his cell, insulted him and threw coins or crusts of bread at him. After a military trial which lasted less than one hour, lacking legal guarantees where he was accused of 'military rebellion', Companys was executed at Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona at 6:30 a.m. on October 15, 1940. Refusing to wear a blindfold, he was taken before a firing squad of Civil Guards and, as they fired, he cried 'Per Catalunya!' (For Catalonia!).He is buried at the Montjuïc Cemetery, near the castle. The cause of death was given as 'traumatic internal haemorrhage'. 


Among other things, several million containers pass though Barcelona each year.



After the tapas and the castle, we visit the Maritime museum, wander back up the Ramblas and buy dinner...I like it here...a little sad we must leave and go to Florence on Wednesday...





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