Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beautiful Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, with a population of nearly two million people, and the capital of Catalonia. The city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino. Catalonia's capital has a distinctly Mediterranean feel and it's revitalization for the 1992 Summer Olympics made Barcelona the place to be in Europe. A picturesque location, Europe's best-preserved Gothic Quarter, Gaudí's delightfully unique architecture and galleries with the treasures of Miró, Tápies and Picasso make Barcelona visually stunning indoors and out. Resturaunts and Tapas bars abound and the beaches are beautiful and the nightlife and music are on the cutting edge. I lived here happily in 2002 and learned Spanish here, it is the type of city in Europe that you can spend days on end walking around and taking in the absolute beauty and history which will leave a lasting impression for the rest of your life.
National Palace of Barcelona
National Palace from atop Montjuic
A view of Barcelona from the National Palace

A statue lying comfortably in front of the National Palace
Roman Columns at foot of National Palace
Fountain and Columns looking up at National Palace

Barcelona's Bull Fighting Stadium

Gateway to National Palace
Columbus Statue at Las Ramblas
Brendan in a cured meat store
Beautiful Gothic Quarter
La Sagrada Familia, Catholic Church designed by Gaudi
La Sagrada Familia
St. Joan Church in Gracia neighborhood
Barcelona's Ancient Synagogue Mayor built in 3rd Century in Gothic Quarter
So not kosher
Wall of Ham

1 comment:

xavier said...

How was the home coming? Are you planning to make any Rabbit while you're there?