Barcelona, Spain

Monument Colon (Christopher Columbus column) (on the left), the 19th century Port of Barcelona administrative building (center), and the pedestrian (bridge) Rambla de Mar (to the Barcelona Aquarium), Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

Monument Colon (Christopher Columbus column) (on the left), the 19th century Port of Barcelona administrative building (center), and the pedestrian (bridge) Rambla de Mar (to the Barcelona Aquarium), Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

 

Barcelona, Spain, proud old capital of Catalonia on the Mediterranean coast, is said to have been founded by the Phoenicians.  This dynamic city of 1.6 million people (about 3+ million in the greater metropolitan area) is filled with shaded parks, large squares, and dramatic buildings seemingly around every corner.  The city’s Gothic Quarter holds a wealth of architectural wonders, from Roman walls to imposing palaces to the massive cathedral. Picasso, Gaudi, and Miro are among the artists who lived and worked in Barcelona, inspired by the city’s vibrant spirit.

 

Close up of the Monument Colon (Christopher Columbus column) (on the left) and the pedestrian (bridge) Rambla de Mar (to the Barcelona Aquarium), Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

Close up of the Monument Colon (Christopher Columbus column) (on the left) and the pedestrian (bridge) Rambla de Mar (to the Barcelona Aquarium), Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

 

Our favorite seafood (lobsters and prawns) at the boisterous Mercat de la Boqueria (La Boqueria market), selected as the world’s best at the biennieal World Congress of Public Markets, Barcelona, Spain

Our favorite seafood (lobsters and prawns) at the boisterous Mercat de la Boqueria (La Boqueria market), selected as the world’s best at the biennieal World Congress of Public Markets, Barcelona, Spain

 

To quench your thirst at the Mercat de la Boqueria (La Boqueria market) there are numerous vendors selling colorful, cold, fresh-squeezed fruit juices for 1.5 Euros (around US$1.65), Barcelona, Spain

To quench your thirst at the Mercat de la Boqueria (La Boqueria market) there are numerous vendors selling colorful, cold, fresh-squeezed fruit juices for 1.5 Euros (around US$1.65), Barcelona, Spain

 

Typical 19th century residential facades on the apartments fronting the main thoroughfare and most famous street, Las Ramblas, in the city, Barcelona, Spain

Typical 19th century residential facades on the apartments fronting the main thoroughfare and most famous street, Las Ramblas, in the city, Barcelona, Spain

 

View from Parc de Mont Juic of historic Barcelona, Spain, the Port Vell waterfront and the 20th century high rise buildings, with the Monument Colon (Christopher Columbus column) on the left

View from Parc de Mont Juic of historic Barcelona, Spain, the Port Vell waterfront and the 20th century high rise buildings, with the Monument Colon (Christopher Columbus column) on the left

 

Our ship docked at the World Trade Center in Port Vell in the center of Barcelona, Spain, with the gondola tower (center, early 20th century steel tower) for the ride up to Parc de Mont Juic

Our ship docked at the World Trade Center in Port Vell in the center of Barcelona, Spain, with the gondola tower (center, early 20th century steel tower) for the ride up to Parc de Mont Juic

 

The heart of Barcelona, Spain, with La Sagrada Familia (Gaudi’s famous, unfinished Church of the Holy Family) (left), the Cathedral Basilica Metropolitana de Barcelona (center-right) and the Foster (English)-designed “egg” office building

The heart of Barcelona, Spain, with La Sagrada Familia (Gaudi’s famous, unfinished Church of the Holy Family) (left), the Cathedral Basilica Metropolitana de Barcelona (center-right) and the Foster (English)-designed “egg” office building

 

Traditional, 500+ year old Catalan dance of celebration – statue in Parc de Mont Juic, Barcelona, Spain

Traditional, 500+ year old Catalan dance of celebration – statue in Parc de Mont Juic, Barcelona, Spain

 

3 thoughts on “Barcelona, Spain

  1. Rich,

    We love Barcelona. I wish I knew you were going to be there as we know a woman who does excellent Jewish tours of Barcelona. Also, we found a place in Oakland! Steve

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