Barcelona

We saw most of “tourist” Barcelona in three days. Like many cities, there are probably many things we didn’t see. We stayed in the heart of the city in the Eixample district. It was the perfect place to stay. Plaza De Catalunya and La Rambla, a pedestrian street lined with restaurants and shops, were right around the corner. We visited the market off La Rambla every day. They say that there are no free-standing buildings in Eixample. I particularly liked the small side streets.

Barcelona was seemingly dominated by one artist — Antoni Gaudi — in the early 1900s. This includes his bizzarro Catholic Church — Sagrada Familia and his planned neighborhood (that never took off) — Parc Guell. He certainly has/had his own style; people frequently believe the word “gaudy” originated from his name.

Every country has it’s secessionists (Texas, Quebec) — Spain has Catalonia (in which Barcelona is the capital). They’ve got their own language (Catalan); many residents fly the Catalan flag from their balcony. Unlike Texas, there is a serious (and thankfully non-violent) effort to separate from Spain.

Barcelona is the Tapas capital of the world which always includes Calamares (Fried Squid Rings) and Patatas Bravas (Spicy Potatoes) plus many other appetizer-sized dishes. The Sangria was top notch too. Yum!

Day three was a beautiful, sunny day, so we explored Montjuic (site of many Olympic venues) and spent a couple hours at the beach to soak up some sun. We knew we wouldn’t be swimming, but there were plenty of surfers were there in their full body wetsuits. A few photos:

 

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  1. Karen Hoffmeier

    Every trip seems to have a lot of special events. Always enjoy the many photos. Was good to hear of this latest adventure. Glad you had some good weather for the beach.

  2. Linda

    I love the photograph of your kids running from the waves. You take such beautiful photographs; you will treasure all of the memories that you captured. Ryan is 14 today. We are having fun celebrating.

  3. Colleen Hartman

    Your tapas plates looked more generous than some around here! Yum! Except for the squid. You don’t need much as it is very chewy….or is that octopus? Or are they the same? But I would love to try the spicy potatoes! The beach pictures were very picturesque. Glad you are safely back “home.” I’m not sure how I feel about the side streets. They looked a little “close.” :>) Hugs

  4. Colleen Hartman

    What a coincidence! We just watched a 60 Minutes piece on Gaudi and the church there! I told Doc that this is what you had written about this AM. He hadn’t yet read the blog. So I came back to the blog and the pix to confirm what I thought I knew. ( I missed the first few minutes of the piece so hadn’t heard the location but was sure that I knew what I was hearing.) Thank you , Engles for making me aware of so much that I would never have known. What a lucky bit of info to catch on TV tonight.

  5. Colleen Hartman

    I don’t think I confirmed the last post???? But it’s here!

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