A family friend came to visit us a few weekends ago, somewhat unexpectedly, and we had a good excuse to go exploring Barcelona on a wintery evening. First up, Mexican tapas at Machito in Gracia. I love this tiny inviting restaurant, although not being an aficionado of Mexican food, I never know what to order! They do have pretty fantastic margaritas and a load of imported tequilas. The restaurant has a great vibe, and an indoor terrace, which makes you feel like its summer, with the light streaming in over draped paper flags, even in the dead of winter.
Afterwards due to the frosty, rainy day, we drove up to Montjuic, stopping at a few architectural highlights along the way. The Pavillion of Mies van der Rohe, which doesn’t look like much until you really think about when it was built, in 1929. It was designed as the National Pavilion, representing Germany for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition, held on Montjuïc. Although we didn’t go inside, we admired the pristine lines and magnificent marble panels, which are fitted together in slices to create mirror patterns. Quite lovely!
We continued up the mountain and stopped again to admire the giant flamelike structure built for the Olympics, The Montjuic Communications Tower designed by another architectural heavy: Santiago Calatrava to transmit television footage of the 92 Games.
By this time, the sun had completely set, and the moon risen over the city. We tightened our scarves, and headed back to our car, heaters blasting, back home.