Yes, Barcelona has a Museu de la Xocolata! Tells you how much they revere this ingredient… In every city that we visit, we ask our daughter to pick a museum or place that she wants to visit so that she participates in our itinerary and she has some control over the sightseeingâ€¦in Amsterdam, it was the Childrenâ€™s Science Museum (very interesting), in Barcelona, we got to the Aquarium (a disappointment compared to Asian Aquariums) and she wanted to see the Chocolate Museum (good grief, a chocoholics dream). It was a bit of a walk from our apartment so we took it slow, meandered and stopped here and there. We spent about 30 minutes in the small but nice museum, beside a patisserie school, viewed the STUNNING works of chocolate art (including reproductions of great monuments, buildings or well-known art work such as the Sagrada Familia and the Pieta), some Dutch houses, rodeo scenes, cartoon characters etc. You could read about the history of chocolate, how chocolate is made, watch short films, explore old equipment used to make chocolate and generally just get intoxicated with the smell of chocolate coming from the in-house cafÃ© that served hot chocolate and chocolate desserts. It was one experience a chocolate lover should not miss. Otherwise, it was good for 10-15 minutes if you happened to be in the neighborhoodâ€¦
On our way back, we stopped by the Picasso Museum (yes, on this day, the Chocolate Museum was considered the main destination) and viewed the interesting collection of works mostly donated by the Picasso family. Also, around the corner was E & A Gispert, a superb food store that carried freshly roasted coffee beans, nuts, chocolate, jams, etc. Around for over a century, it was a throwback in time and yet incredibly chic. Itâ€™s the kind of store I would like to own, but it would lose a phenomenal amount of money. We also managed to taste several helados on this day as well as pass by dozens of wonderful storefronts that you just donâ€™t see too often back in Asiaâ€¦ a hat store, a costume store, a card and board games store, art galleries, etc. Finally, we stepped into Caelum, a beautiful small shop that specializes in food products/delicacies produced in monasteries and other religious sources. Here you could find polvorons, things that looked like yema, and all other sorts of munchies that were probably the basis for much of our own sweets here in the Philippines. Next up, a tapas post then helados for dessert and it’s off to Florence!