Oh, Barcelona

So let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street
In Barcelona. Las Ramblas, I’ll meet you
We’ll dance around la Sagrada Familia
Drinking Sangria
Come on, let’s be free in Barcelona

Words from Ed Sheeran

Well although it was a little too crowded for dancing in the street or even near the Sagrada Familia, this is an amazing city. It is full of fabulous architecture , new and old, interesting shops, restaurants and a fabulous market. The town is very large and we found our best approach to see the place was with the assistance of an on/off bus. Mostly we stayed on to listen to the commentary and see the sights.

Not to be missed: Sagrada Familia -The Basílica is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). The contruction has continued for many years and is largely funding by private donations and entrance fees to the Basilic and tower. Gaudí’s work is unique and often characterized by a connection to nature with bright colors. As you travel through the city you can find many eye catching examples of Gaudi’s architectural infuence.

Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Barcelona’s population in 2016 was 1,608,746 people. This is a big, busy city and with the addition of thousands of tourists, it is very crowded.

 

F98FF3FD-3889-49CB-889D-F1276798DBC7The Columbus Monument is a 60 m (197 ft) tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla.  It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888).

And wouldn’t you know it, left-wing councillors in Barcelona have called for the city’s iconic statue to be removed on the grounds that it “praises” the conquest of another nation. What is wrong with maintenance of history for all countries?

 

 

Well, for us, one of the outstanding attractions was the market place St Josep, La Boquera. Buzzing with activity, filled with typical Spanish food and drink.

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There is so much to enjoy in this market, it was a feast for all your senses!

And a group favorite,the Padron Peppers.

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I celebrated my birthday in Barcelona and was treated to a birthday serenade by our traveling companions, Gerry and Anita. Well, they did not do the singing but they found this adorable crooner!

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Next we were entertained by local acrobats flying through the air. Just not any ordinary Birthday!

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I leave you with just a sample of Barcelona. Since I don’t speak Spanish, with little knowledge of the history or art, I felt challenged to truly comrehend the greatness of Barcelona but I encourage anyone interested, to take it on. The people are friendly and helpful and the city has a unique fibe of old, new and future.

adiós mis amigos

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Connie and Bill