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A Tea with a View May 22, 2007
After the dragging 14 hours that it takes to fly in to Barcelona from San Francisco, with a connection through London, you're drained. The first thing that you probably want to do is have a deep, long sleep. But when you're visiting friends who have a top floor apartment in the heart of the Eixample, you realize that you'll have to sit a spell on the terrace before you're going to get anywhere near a bed. The home terrace is the number one item for any proper Spanish home and you see people using them every evening. Think of them in the same context that Americans used to think of the front porch. But, in addition to being a place for the family to relax, they are also ubiquitous in every street throughout the city.
So, as we looked out from the terrace, to our right, was the fading sun on the art nouveau skyline and in front of us was the distant Mediterranean. We thought what better way to relax than with a cup of green mint tea to chase away the evils of the cramped flight and mad rushes between Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
We sat a bit more and watched everybody in the neighborhood come home and turn on their lights. Each moment, we gained back more of our senses. Then, a slight evening breeze kicked up as we took our last sip. Now, the street was fully bathed in the evening lamps and the lights from kitchens as people were getting dinner ready. It was time to leave for a dinner of our own.
Where: Carrer Diputacio & Carrer Girona
Tea: Marrakesh Mint