This is a classic photo of one of the typical fruit stands at La Boqueria Market.
What is La Boqueria? To me, it's the heart and epicenter of this glorious city of Barcelona, Spain.
Carefully and beautifully arranged fruit in a display of colorful art to entice the senses of even the most jaded market visitor, this is La Boqueria's signature.
I take this shot every time I come to Barcelona, in fact. It's one of the many familiar places in this wonderland of Farmer's markets.
La Boqueria isn't really a farmer's market. You won't find many real farmer's there. (The true farmer's market actually set ups in the mornings right next to La Boqueria. It's tiny, but everything's cheaper.)
There are many markets in Barcelona. In my experience, most tourists don't bother much with the other markets.
We were last here in Barcelona two years ago, which might be the longest period of time we've gone without visiting this awesome city. It's been a culture shock to see how much more crowded it is now than ever before, and it's not even peak season yet. I have never seen Barcelona, La Rambla and La Boqueria so completely packed and overrun by tourists. I get it, we all love this beautiful city so much. But the Barcelona I first visited has grown and changed enormously.
Our love affair with Barcelona goes back three decades. Mike and I first visited and fell in love with Barcelona when we spent a week here for our honeymoon in July 2007 (we also went to Italy and France). We had the most amazing time and while we had more sangria than should ever be allowed, I still remember all the magic of the city very clearly.
We want to re-capture that magic and share it with you. That's why we've launched Gastronomad Experiences!
Naturally, for our very first of these experiences, and to commemorate our love of food, wine, travel and adventure, we had to choose Barcelona!
We're here in Barcelona for one month to finalize the details of this extraordinary event (which takes place in early September. Click here for details.)
We created these experiences with you in mind. As we've had our amazing adventures abroad and find ourselves having the incredibly magical times and epic experiences, we've always wanted to be able to transport you to our table for you to share the joy with us. And creating our Gastronomad Experiences is a wish come true for us.
Mike and I try to do that everyday. It's a work in progress but the more you practice it the better you get at it. We strive to make life fulfilling, meaningful, rewarding, fun, adventurous, and joyous.
The Barcelona Experience will happen only once! (We'll never repeat an Experience.)
We'll enjoy tapas of the highest order with true local chefs. We'll experience the true bohemian side of this city. We'll learn the secrets of Catalonian cuisine. We'll explore the musical rhythms of flamenco. We'll talk to cultural experts to enlightened us about all things Catalonia and among other things, we'll be visiting the true countryside of Barcelona for a proper wine country day! We'll visit wineries and make wine!
Let's live it up together!
If you're interested in joining us — or just finding out more — send us an email from this page. I'm looking forward to hearing from you! I hope you can join us! -Amira
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