Barcelona, Day 3 – Beach, glorious beach

Beach day today!  We took our time in the morning, had a leisurely breakfast and then took the metro to the Barceloneta beach.  By 11am we had rented an umbrella and a pair of lawn chairs from an African man in a Mets hat and were set for the day.  The weather was perfect (mid-80s with a light breeze and no clouds), the water refreshing, and reading material plentiful.  Except for periodic dips in the sea and a short run to a nearby grocery store for some baguettes and ham, we didn’t move from that spot until just before 6pm, when it was time to get ready for the concert later.  After two weeks of active, intense traveling, it was glorious to just relax and do nothing but lie in the sun for a day.  What a great way to finish this vacation!

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Morning view from our spot — this is what the beach looked like at 11am when we arrived;
by the time we left at 6pm it was body to body
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View to the left

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View to the right

I’m reading Hilary Mantel’s new novel, Bring Up the Bodies, about
Thomas Cromwell
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