A weekend afternoon in Barcelona

So, this weekend the Honey Bee and I visited Barcelona’s famous and authentic N.A.P. Italian restaurant for lunch. As always, the place was packed. Knowing how grrrreat the food is, we decided to skip the first course and get straight down to business.

Yes, that's right! I love pizza!
Yes, that’s right! I love pizza!

We munched down on a mouth-watering ricotta cheese and mushroom calzone and a scrumptious Margarita pizza. To be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of calzones but NAP’s calzone has changed that forever. All this accompanied, by some great wine really made it a good afternoon. The grand finale was the dessert- delicious panna cotta topped with a delicious forest fruits sauce. As we ordered the check, something on the deserts menu caught my eye and I had to have it. It took a lot of will power and determination to fit anything more into my already full stomach, but I did it. A tall and heavily chilled shot glass of limoncello. What an afternoon! As the Italians would say “Meraviglioso!”

A short walk (on the beach side promenade) later, we decided to catch a movie. Thanks to some good timing and quick thinking, we were able to save € 9 on the cost of the tickets, by investing € 1 in membership at the theater. Nothing better than the feeling of bagging a great deal!

Tickets in one hand, snacks in the other and stomachs & souls content with delicious food, we caught the late afternoon showing of The Jungle Book. Growing up, my brother and I used to look forward to catching the animated cartoon version in Hindi on national television every Sunday. Most people may not know this, but the movie is set in India. And it’s no surprise given that the British author Rudyard Kipling was born and spent quite a few years in the country.

In fact, it may surprise you to know that almost all the names used in the movie (and the book) originate from the Hindi language. For example, the name of the mother wolf, Rakhsa, actually means protector, as she was the protector of her cubs (and Mowgli). Similarly Baloo, the name of the bear, actually comes from the Hindi word bhalu, meaning bear. Also, Bagheera from bagh meaning tiger and bandar-log, the name used to refer to the monkeys, literally means monkey people. I could go on and on.

As for the movie itself, I found it a little slow at the offset, but it picked up its pace about 30 minutes in. The esoteric assortment of voices also made the movie a fun experience for adults. Who could have ever imagined Bill Murray (of Ghost Busters fame), Ben Kingsley (of Gandhi fame), Idris Elba (of Pacific Rim fame) and Christopher Walken (does he really need any introductions?) in the same movie together?

Overall a great movie especially, for kids. For adults a good movie worth watching once, regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with the series.

 Another afternoon well spent!