Barcelona, Spain; October 2008
You can’t get more classically Spanish than bull fighting but as an animal lover it’s not particularly appealing to me. Stumbling across this chocolate sculpture of bull fighting at the Chocolate Museum in Barcelona was as close as I got to witnessing the real thing during my holiday in Spain, and that’s fine by me.
If you are thinking of going, I must warn you that the Chocolate Museum is not quite as good as it sounds but there are some fun sculptures and a few examples of machinery used in chocolate processing. The ticket is a piece of chocolate with the entry details printed on the wrapper, which got me in the mood straight away. You don’t need to pay to get into the café where they serve a decent hot chocolate and sell handmade chocolates from the attached pastry school.
Bull fighting might be classically Spanish but it’s not Catalonian and it seems the citizens of Barcelona don’t care for it much either. Rather than the matador, the ultimate Catalan symbol is almost certainly Gaudi’s famous colourful lizard. The original is in Parc Güell in the city’s north, but naturally the Chocolate Museum had a sweet copy as well.
The Chocolate Musuem is nothing if not international so not all the scenes were Spanish – there was also an American presence with Bambi and Ben Hur and, my personal favourite, the classically French Asterix.
This post is part of Photo Friday, an event run by Debbie at DeliciousBaby, a travel blog for parents. Bloggers can post a photo that tells a story and link to Debbie’s post. Check out the other submissions this week and my photo post on the famous Gaudi-designed cathedral La Sagrada Familia over at my travel blog Roaming Tales.