One of the other attractions of Barcelona is the weather and the promenade by the beach. We decided to take a walk and have a nice lunch by the beach.

Magician and Twinkie wanted to rent bikes… Since 2007, the Barcelona city council launched the innovative bicycle borrowing scheme called “El Bicing.”. Unfortunately, these bikes are only for residents, the tourists need to rent from bike shops.

We finally found a shop, and they rented their bikes… why I didn’t rent a bike? Well, I am ashamed to announce that I don’t know how to ride one…. And seriously do you see me on a bike? Where would I put my purse, and how can I bike with heels? And then the bike has to be in matching colors with my outfit… too complicated.

The boys proposed me to teach (I guess they wanted to laugh), I proposed them to put a basket in front of their bike and sit on it (as I am so tiny, lol)…

We finally decided that it will be wise to skip biking for Nat, wonder why? Lol.

All the restaurants seemed to have the same menu, we opted for “Bestial” (thank you wifey for your advice). This restaurant situated near the beach with a great terrace offers Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian twist.

Our hotel told us that it was like a Mc Donalds…

I don’t know if the Mc Donalds are very fancy in Barca, or they have never seen one, but this restaurant was far from one. To start with the decor is minimalist and modern, and the food is far better.

I guess they don’t take a commission from the restaurant…

Anyway, as we couldn’t make up our mind, we didn’t do any reservations… we tried all the tricks to get a table, they restaurant side was full, so we sat on “the lounge side”.

Let me translate that, we couldn’t sit at a proper table and order from the menu, but sit at the comfy couches and order only appetizers. This is where I see, Barcelona has become very popular. In the past, they will do everything to be pleasant and helpful…. Now the attitude is: “you are not happy, you can leave”. If we were in Turkey, they would have even proposed the menu of the adjacent restaurant.

I decided for once “to not have” a fight and we ordered our food. We had mushroom and truffle croquettas, some Spanish ham, calamaris and two mini pizza, one of them with cheese the other one with sun dried tomatoes and ruccola. All this with a rose, that looked more “fushia” than rose…

Everything was delicious; the service …. nonexistent!!! I don’t know if you are considered as a second-class citizen when you sit at the lounge, but our waiter never came to see us. Once our plates were on the table, he decided that we were done… We had to chase him. The worst? When he literally told us that we cannot order the other dishes from the menu, he served them to the next table…. Guess what I finally had my fight!!!

Thanks God for them, the restaurant is well located with good food, and it was an amazing day and great company… Thinking about it, maybe that’s what the hotel was implying when they said it is Mac Donalds… it is a self service ;) )))

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