It’s Been Awhile


It’s been awhile since we’ve been in a new place where we have never been and it always strikes me how different a place looks than you imagined when you looked at pictures.  It’s kind of a funny thing since you will likely imagine Barcelona after reading this blog that is very different from what it will actually look like when you come here, which I hope you all will (if you haven’t been here already).  Before coming many people told us Barcelona was their favorite city and my biggest concern was the “this is the best restaurant” or “that was the best movie/book I ever saw/read” and it’s always a disappointment.  So far no disappointments here.  Barcelona gets many visitors/tourists/travels (whatever you want to call it) and I have confirmed that I will try never to come to Europe in the middle of the summer. I think one of the things that makes Barcelona so easy going is of course how nice everyone is but also how well they have managed the infrastructure of the downtown to accommodate visitors.  There are information stations everywhere, the signage is better than any city I’ve ever seen so you almost never get lost and it’s great for walking, something we love to do.  Here are a few preliminary views.

The entry doors to Palau Guell, the palace of the patron of Gaudi, the most well known Moderniste architect.  The palace was built in the late 1800s.
The entry doors to Palau Guell, the palace of the patron of Gaudi, the most well known Moderniste architect. The palace was built in the late 1800s.
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Many cities have they bike sharing arrangements but I’ve never seen it as well used as in Barcelona. The rack across the street from us was completely empty yesterday during the day but the bikes were back at night.
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A wall near our apartment- is it graffiti or is it art? If you are in the Renaissance to Modern class this is a question we’ll be looking at towards the end of our class so remember this one.
Downtown Barcelona looks like other Spanish cities and some in Central and South America.
Downtown Barcelona looks like other Spanish cities and some in Central and South America.
Narrow alleys get you away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy La Rambla
Narrow alleys get you away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy La Rambla
This street is in the Born neighborhood
This street is in the Born neighborhood
Near the Picasso Museum (more about that later)
Near the Picasso Museum (more about that later)
The Art Nouveau style that you see everywhere.
The Art Nouveau style that you see everywhere.
So many parks and unexpected plazas as you come out of one alley and go into another.
So many parks and unexpected plazas as you come out of one alley and go into another.
Catalan flags can be seen from many balconies especially after the referendum for independence passed about three weeks ago. Barcelona does have an air of being prosperous. I can see why they want to go their own way.
Catalan flags can be seen from many balconies especially after the referendum for independence passed about three weeks ago. Barcelona does have an air of being prosperous. I can see why they want to go their own way.
Date palms remind you that this is a Mediterranean country.
Date palms remind you that this is a Mediterranean country.
San Antoni market takes up a full block and is in the midst of a massive renovation. It's a much bigger market than the Boqueria (more on that later) in a less tourist traveled area. Look forward to a return trip to Barcelona to see it reopened as it looks beautiful.
San Antoni market takes up a full block and is in the midst of a massive renovation. It’s a much bigger market than the Boqueria (more on that later) in a less tourist traveled area. Look forward to a return trip to Barcelona to see it reopened as it looks beautiful.
The remains of an ancient Roman arch with sections of the wall preserved inside the small arch you see. There is glass to look through to see the remains.
The remains of an ancient Roman arch with sections of the wall preserved inside the small arch you see. There is glass to look through to see the remains.

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