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    • Day 28

      Strike a Pose

      January 3 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      We thought it was much better value to ignore all the cruise ship photo offers and get a photography session/walking tour in Barcelona. It was a fraction of the price and a lot more meaningful. I won't get the photos for a few days so I'm sure I'll swap some of my dodgy efforts on this page in due course.Read more

    • Day 1

      Barcelona, ¡allá voy! 🇪🇸

      March 27 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Heute morgen ging es endlich los nach Barcelona. Nach einem Kaffee hat Julian mich zum Flughafen nach Stuttgart gefahren und sogar noch so lange auf mich gewartet, bis alle nach Mallorca Reisenden, die "zu spät" dran waren, eingecheckt hatten ✌🏻

      Mein Flug verlief super entspannt, obwohl starke Turbulenzen, durch einen Blue Jet, angesagt waren. 🌪

      An der Sants Estación angekommen holte Chiara mich ab und nach einem kurzen Abstecher in ihre Wohnung gingen Chiara, Juan und ich los in die Stadt. Dort verbrachten wir unseren gesamten Tag und Abend 🏙 🌇

      Als erstes gingen wir leckere Tapas im El Caserón essen. Vor allem die Croquetas waren unglaublich gut, leider wusste keiner von uns so genau, woraus die Füllung bestand 😂 Im Anschluss setzten wir uns hoch an das Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya und genossen dort den Ausblick über die Stadt, der durch die Musik der Straßenmusiker dort oben noch besser zur Geltung kam. Dann ging es weiter in die Stadt in den Parque de la Ciudadela, den ich auch schon von meinem letzten Ausflug nach Barcelona kannte. Dieses Mal schauten wir uns aber noch Teile des dortigen botanischen Gartens an, der sehr schön gestaltet war und sich in alten Gewächshäusern befand. Zwischen den einzelnen Gewächshäusern wuchsen Orangenbäume, unter welchen wir durchschlenderten und die unglaublich gut rochen. Man hat direkt den Sommer gefühlt 🍊🌳

      Den Abend verbrachten wir im gothischen Viertel, wovon ich heute ganz neue Ecken gesehen habe. Auch hier stand beinahe an jeder Ecke ein anderer Straßenmusikant. Die Musik schuf die perfekte Atmosphäre für den Abend 🎶 Außerdem durfte ich dieses Mal endlich die Catedral de Barcelona komplett von außen sehen und das Gebäude ist wunderschön. Als ich das letzte Mal hier war, war die Kathedrale wegen Bauarbeiten "eingepackt" mit Netzen, auf denen XXL-Samsung Werbung angebracht war 😅

      Abschließend ging es nochmals zum El Caserón zu einer weiteren Runde Tapas, bevor es wieder nach Hause ging. 🌃
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    • Day 1

      Day 179: Barcelona

      July 7 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      Following festival fun at 3 am, we agreed that we would treat Barcelona Sunday like the Spaniards do: eating, lounging, and more eating. We slept in until 10am and didn’t get out the door until 12pm. Started our day with a delicious tapas brunch and walked around the Arc de Triomf. Coffee was necessary after Mary took two sleeping pills to sleep through Saturday night at the hostel.

      Blessed with the perfect temperature to explore the city: 75 degrees. We walked from Plaça de Catalunya to the Gothic Quarter, passing the Barcelona Cathedral on the way. Next, we moved to Barceloneta beach, watched the waves, and ate paella with local drink Vermut. After, we bussed to the Basílica de la Sagrada Família which has been in construction since 1882. Construction has taken so long that both the designer and the designer’s son have died before it could be completed. One side looked new while the other looked like melted candle wax.

      Our final stop was the National Museum of Art to enjoy the sunset and city views. We grabbed fantastic tapas and Catalan local paella for dinner and got to bed early for our excursion to Monserrat tomorrow.

      Restaurants:
      Casa Ràfols
      Bodega Ibèria
      Santa Ana

      Food:
      DIY Tomato & Garlic
      Stuffed Pardon Pepper & Cod
      Burrattatina
      Ham Croquettes
      Seafood Paella
      Chorizo Sautéd in Red Wine
      Potatas Bravas
      Fideuà Paella
      Cava Wine

      Spots:
      Plaça de Catalunya
      Cathedral of Barcelona
      Arc de Triomf
      Barceloneta Beach
      Basílica de la Sagrada Família
      Plaça de Espanya
      Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
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    • Day 52

      Castell, the human tower

      July 2, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      What fantastic luck to see a Castell being built. The human tower is unique to Barcelona, it’s a feat of strength, agility, skill, teamwork and fearlessness.
      I was in the History of Barcelona Museum, waiting to see the Sardana, folk dancing when I looked out the window and saw two big groups of people in red and maroon shirts entwined in black cloth and wearing bandanas. I joined the crowd and saw the performance of a lifetime.Read more

    • Day 40

      Barcelona - Day Two

      May 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Today was officially a wandering day with a few chosen highlights to hit. La Rambla, frankly isn’t all that interesting. Just a series of touristy/bad to meh restaurants and shops. I do like the hustle bustle but not that.

      We stumbled upon a celebration set in one of the many public squares (Saint Jaume) for May 9th or Día de Europa. The next day a huge music performance with Sufi dancers covered the plaza.

      First stop was the expansive La Catedral. It seemed less packed with dead guy stuff and more mother and child/Mary and baby Jesus/The Virgen and Child. You get the picture. The Choir seats are my favorite, each carved with different stories and people. Everything is so old here. Some dating back to the 14th century. Each successive century leaves its mark culminating in a record of the times and manners of worship.

      We went to the roof to take in the views across Barcelona and hear the bells chime in 11 o’clock. We could hear the singing from the Europa festival too. Nice.

      After a good Greek food lunch we went to the Basilica de Santa Maria Del Mar. It felt unhurried and peaceful as I made my way around each of the stalls (I’m sure they aren’t called stalls). We googled the difference between a church and basilica. It’s the shape of the building (no cross) and that it was used as a marketplace with evenly spaced aisles - I think.

      I visited the Picasso Museum alone. I loved it. It took you through the progression of his different periods and study. He started at 13 producing incredible works. It held few line drawings and only one of what I call his “twat series”. Those works are just for shock value to me. The portraits of his colleagues and friends in art school and salons captured personalities with obvious affection.

      Gail graciously agreed to accompany me to an Argentinian restaurant which had rabbit on the menu. My favorite. However, they only have rabbit if you order it one day in advance. False bunny. I ordered it for tomorrow and we left for a tapas place nearby where I got a pisco sour and Gail got her caipiroska with scant vodka and sweet maracuyá (passion fruit). We were both happy.
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    • Day 18

      Barcellona

      August 16, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

      Arrivati a Barcellona... ultima tappa del nostro viaggio. Seguendo le indicazioni di un sito internet "Barcellona in un giorno" abbiamo visitato le principali attrazioni: playa Catalugna, il quartiere Barrio Gotico, Placa Nova, Plaza del Rei, con il Palau Major, il Ponte Gotico, Palau de la Generalità e l'Ajustament, Placa del Pi, pausa in una delle migliori cioccolaterie La Pallaresca. Poi a seguire passeggiata sulla Rambla e pranzo al mercato La Boqueria. Nel pomeriggio Casa Batllò, la Sagrada Familia e il parco Guell dove si trova la salamandra simbolo della città.Read more

    • Day 4

      Performance vor der Kathedrale

      October 10, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Auf meiner Suche nach Tapas am Dienstag Abend gab es mehrere Highlights. Leider gehörten keine Tapas dazu. Entweder sie hatten keine freien Sitzplätze oder nichts auf den Menü sprach mich an. Dafür erlebte ich diverse andere Highlights. Seifenblasen Künstler und internationaler Breakdance.
      Schließlich wurde ich im Merkat de la Boqueria fündig. Allerdings waren es auch dort keine Tapas sondern eine asiatische Gemüserolle.
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    • Day 44

      Stadtführung mit Galeriebesuch

      March 15 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Google zeigte mir 9 min mit dem Fahrrad bis zum Startpunkt der Führung (hatte ich über die meetup-App ausgegraben). Die hatte aber nicht ein berechnet, das man hier an jeder Ampel (und davon gibt es viele!) steht und ein Drittel der Strecke durch eine pulsierende Fußgängerzone ging 🤪Zum Glück startete die Führung nicht pünktlich 😅. Eine Ukrainerin führte uns eine Stunde lang durch den historischen Stadtkern. Ziel war eine ukrainische Gallerie. Als wir ankamen, war gerade noch ein Workshop zum Bemalen von Ostereiern mit einer traditionellen Batiktechnik. Liebe Framings, hatte Oma nicht solche Ostereier?Read more

    • Day 2

      Cathedral of Santa Eulalia

      May 2 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      A little bummed that the antiques market in this plaza is gone now. Still a beautiful church!

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      The Barcelona Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is a masterpiece of Gothic splendor at the heart of the city's Gothic Quarter. Its imposing facade and soaring spires command attention, while inside, the grandiose nave leads you to intricately carved side chapels, each a testament to divine artistry and devotion. The cloister, with its serene garden and fountain, is home to a flock of white geese, adding a unique, peaceful charm. This cathedral not only serves as a place of worship but also as a cornerstone of Catalan identity, encapsulating centuries of architectural and spiritual heritage.Read more

    • Day 9

      Old Town of Barcelona

      May 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Barcelona was founded by the Romans about 2,000 years ago under the name Gerona. Not much remains from the Roman tmees, but one significant section of the Roman wall and city gate is part of the cathedral walls (see another post for the cathedral).. That is the 1st picture. 2,000 year old stone work still being used. The Roman engineers were amazing. The 2nd picture is directly across the square from the 1st. This art, that wraps around the building, is claimed by Pablo Picasso as his work. It may be the only free to view Picasso anywhere.
      The 3rd picture is the Music Palace, another Catalan Modernist building. The 4th picture is what remains of one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. The Shephardic Jews were expelled in 1492. So this predates that.
      The 5th picture used to be a large public market. However, during some construction, a lot of ancient ruins, including some dating to the Romans, were found. So the market was closed and moved. The result is a large archaeological museum.
      The next 3 pictures are in a significant church in the old town. This is Saint Mary of the Sea. The church dates to the 14th century during the height of Barcelona's maritime prosperity. The building is Catalan Gothic. The door is a rear entrance, not the main door.
      The last picture is a typical street from the time when the city was confined within the walls. Limited land for new construction caused buildings to be built above, such as over the street, like this one.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Catedral de Barcelona, La Catedral, Barcelona Cathedral, Сабор Святога Крыжа і Святой Еўлаліі, Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Katedralen i Barcelona, Καθεδρικός της Βαρκελώνης, Katedralo de Barcelono, Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, Bartzelonako katedrala, کلیسای جامع بارسلونا, Cathédrale Sainte-Croix de Barcelone, קתדרלת אולליה הקדושה, बार्सिलोना गिरजाघर, Cattedrale di Barcellona, サンタ・エウラリア大聖堂, Црква Санта Еулалија, Kathedraal van Barcelona, ਬਾਰਸੀਲੋਨਾ ਵੱਡਾ ਗਿਰਜਾਘਰ, سانتا یولالیا گرجا, Собор Святого Креста и Святой Евлалии, பார்சிலோனா பெருங்கோவில், بارسلونا کا گرجاگھر, Nhà thờ chính tòa Barcelona, 巴塞罗那主教座堂

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