Barcelona Journals

Barcelona: High Energy to Ultra-Relaxed

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An October 2003 trip to Barcelona by Hal1026

Museu de la Xocolata/Museum of Chocolate Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Barcelona is surely everything the model 21st-century urban environment can and should be. It's also one of those places where you can come away with your "Own Private Barcelona": mine spanned activity to extreme leisure, a true mind, body and spirit extravaganza.
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This pension in the rather distant Barcelona suburb of Santa Coloma de Calamet truly defines "budget". Five nights cost this traveler just slightly over U.S. $100.00 during a recent stay in October 2003. What's more, Pension San Justo is clean, modern and practical: so if you're remaining travel budget is at a minimum, and you don't mind commuting into more central Barcelona locations and activities from a distant metro stop, this might be a possible option for you. Pension San Justo has no onsite frills: you get a small but clean and well-kept room with a bed, small side table, telephone, washbasin and stand, and a closet. Make sure you request a room that is not facing the small but busy ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Pension San Justo
San Justo, 13-15
Barcelona, Spain
93 4661120

Museu de la Xocolata/Museum of Chocolate

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Attraction | "Museu de la Xocolata (Museum of Chocolate)"

Museu de la Xocolata/Museum of Chocolate Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Does Barcelona have a longstanding love affair with chocolate? So it seems. Certainly few places can boast a museum tribute to the joys and secrets of chocolate. If you come to the La Ribera area for a visit to the Museu Picasso and have some extra time, you can fit in a visit to this one-of-a-kind museum as well. It's on a street just a few minutes away from the Picasso, and housed in an interesting looking old building that's been converted into museum premises. Admission is free, although the enticing bars of various types of chocolate sold at the museum shop will, of course, cost you. The exhibits include all sorts of historical background on how the cocoa plant came to be apprec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2004

Museu de la Xocolata/Museum of Chocolate
Carrer Comerc 36
Barcelona, Spain

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

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Attraction | "Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art"

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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I visited the imposing modern white structure of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (which is the formal Catalan name) on a very wet October afternoon. Consequently, I wasn't able to savor the building's exterior structure very well in pouring rain; from photos I've seen, the building designed by architect Richard Meier is really magnificent in sunshine. Inside, there's an internet connectivity area next to the reception/cashier area. The building's interior creates the feeling of spaciousness, but sometimes this seems to overwhelm what it's been built to contain. I did enjoy some of the works by conceptual masters that clearly were intended to provoke, amuse or just make the viewer t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça Angels, 1
Barcelona, Spain 08001
+34 93 4120810

Palau San Jordi and the Anella Olimpica

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Palau San Jordi and the Anella Olimpica Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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What Olympic size structure in Europe has played host to everything from indoors-international sports events to Paul McCartney concerts to an annual fitness exposition and any number of other events in between? The answer is, Palau San Jordi, an awesome structure to behold from surrounding elevations. Diagonal in shape, you need a vantage point from a distance to take in its massiveness. Palau San Jordi and the other nearby stadiums and monuments to the Olympics are in the Montjuic area. It's certainly worth a visit if you take the tourist bus route that winds uphill into Montjuic, then make sure to get out when you see the huge Olympic needle-like Telefonica tower monument. You'll be within wal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Palau San Jordi and the Anella Olimpica
Parc de Montjuic
Barcelona, Spain

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)

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Attraction | "Museu de Picasso"

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Here’s an additional great benefit to any outing you make to Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum): it’s located off the Carrer Montcada, which is much more than just a street—it’s an entire old quarter that is home to former palaces converted into a wide variety of museums. So aside from the Picasso Museum, nearby you will also find the Museu Barbieu Mueller of Pre-Columbian art, the Museu Textil i d’Indumentaria, and the galleries Montcada and Maeght for contemporary art. Also a few minutes walk away is the Museu de la Xocolata (Museum of Chocolote – see my other journal on this one). All in all, very efficient for the time-strapped but museum and gallery oriented traveler. But getting ba...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)
Montcada, 15-19
Barcelona, Spain 08003
+34 93 3196310

My Own Public Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona: a metropolis that seems to have truly harmonized its diverse and colorful past and present to face the 21st century: from the minute I arrive until long after I’ve left, I find myself still wondering just how this particular city has managed to develop into one that can do so with both efficiency, humanity and an eye to style rarely seen in big urban environmental planning? It’s not an abstract question, on the contrary it’s one prompted by many moments and encounters on my routes around the city over several days. What I’m left with, on the one hand, is a general sense of a place that has consciously sought to integrate its human, business, social, natural and cultural dimensions. ...Read More