Bare Buns in Barcelona

The mile long — pedestrian only boulevard in Barcelona — known as Las Ramblas is filled with cafes, shops, and oddities!  My traveling companion and I were spending two nights in Barcelona, having explored some of Portugal and Spain already, before embarking upon a 12-night–Royal Caribbean cruise of the Mediterranean.

I’m busy snapping photos and my traveling companion says, “Sherry, there’s a naked guy”!  I look up just as he walks by me, with a look on his face that could be described as smug satisfaction.

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Luckily, I had my wits and thought to take a photo.  Aren’t you lucky!  I thought it interesting that everyone is ignoring him.

He could help advertise along with the billboard next to him–2 tapas and paella!!

This is the street minus him!

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This guy was levitating…not quite sure how!

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We all know how this is done!

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 There were a number of sidewalk artists and they were talented!

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Another trickster…

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I guess he wants to be nibbled on!

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His grin looks sinister to me!

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 Give me more, more, more!!

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!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Europe

Europe has the most sites by far…with 44 Italy has the most and Spain is the runner up with 41.  N. America has 20.  These are the UNESCO sites I’ve been to within Europe…

 

 

Sintra, Portugal

 

 

Barcelona, Spain…Works of Antoni Gaudi

 

 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

 

London, England…Tower of London

 

 

Paris, France…Banks of the Seine

 

 

Paris, France, Cathedral of Notre-Dame

 

 

Old Town of Corfu, Greece

 

 

Vatican City, Holy See

 

 

Rome, Italy

 

Venice, Italy

 

 

Cinque Terre, Italy

 

 

Segovia, Spain

If you’d like to learn more about these areas…check out the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Thanks for stopping by!!