Frolicking through Barcelona


Barcelona, Spain has a certain energy.  A fresh, fun, and exciting spirit!  Arriving by train from Madrid (a 3-hr. trip), my traveling companion and I dropped our luggage at the hotel and began walking.  First along the waterfront…

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Then we found a park with–of course–a fountain and magnificent statutes.

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Heading towards the “Gothic” area…we saw “Street Art”…

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 Fun shops…

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That’s me in the window…acting silly!!

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Colorful veggies, fruits, bread and candy…a true Farmer’s Market!

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  No visit to Barcelona would be complete without viewing some of Antoni Gaudi‘s architecture.  I love his whimsical style!

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The famous Sagrada Familia’s completion is planned for 2026…the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death.  He designed it to have 18 towers, 12 for the 12 apostles, 4 for the 4 evangelists, one for Mary and one for Jesus.

In 1926 Gaudí was hit by a tram. Because of his ragged attire and empty pockets, many cab drivers refused to pick him up for fear that he would be unable to pay the fare.  He was eventually taken to a paupers’ hospital in Barcelona. Nobody recognized the injured artist until his friends found him the next day.  When they tried to move him into a nicer hospital, Gaudí refused, reportedly saying “I belong here among the poor.”   He died three days later and was buried in the midst of Sagrada Família.

I know this isn’t a very good photo…but it’s so tall…hard to fit it all in, so I’m only showing a small portion…

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Tomorrow we’ll enjoy “bare buns” in Barcelona.  Oh, and thanks so much for reading!

76 thoughts on “Frolicking through Barcelona

  1. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities to visit. The gorgeous Gaudí architecture (Casa Batlló is my dream house); people watching on Las Ramblas or in Parc Güell; shopping in La Boqueria; tapas bars in the Barri Gòtic. I want to go back again and again.

    Take the book Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and sit in the cemetery at Montjuïc to read and soak in the atmosphere.

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  2. Me encanta el arte de Guadi! It’s been 6 years since I was in Barcelona and had practically forgotten about that trip. Thanks so much for the post – brought back some great memories!!

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  3. I loved Spain when I was there. Missed Barcelona, but was in Alicante. Close by and similar. That’s a fabulous photo of the tall building. Very colourful blog with all the fruit and vegetable markets. You’ve given us a really good sense of the character of Barcelona.

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  5. I love the Architecture, especially that palace with the fountains and your 2nd to last shot … those balconies and roof lines are oozing with character. Nice shots!.

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  6. You didn’t see the stall that sells insects then? LOL!! Once again, a lovely little account of one of my favourite places – pity it’s so far away! So, when you coming to Almería then? 🙂
    Best wishes….

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