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Barcelona - Revisited

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A June 2001 trip to Barcelona by smmmarti guide

Gaudis Unfinished Masterpiece Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: One memory lingered from my first visit to Barcelona. Birds. And Bees. I had made the trip from the Costa Brava where I worked as a tour guide during summer vacation from college. A young, handsome German was part of my group. He had invited me to spend the day in Barcelona with him. I remembered seeing birds in public places, a café, the Ramblas. It was all vague, overpowered by the memory of his getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him! We’d known one another only a week and were different as night and day. What do you say to someone who’s put his heart on his sleeve like that when you only wanted to do some site-seeing? "Let’s go back." I waited many years to return to Barcelona, this time to experience the wonders of her history and power of her arts.

Barcelona - Revisited

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Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Like other great works of art, you simply have to see Gaudi’s work in person to appreciate it. It’s so organic that photos can’t begin to do it justice. The phantasmagorical creations of ceramic, stone, metal and mortar are so ahead of their time, so outside the box and so stunningly challenging to any preconceived notions of what buildings and houses should look like that peering at them tends to free your spirit. Which explains the attitude and atmosphere in Barcelona at large. Then when you walk down the Ramblas and soak in the "culture of people" who crowd this pedestrian passageway day and night, you can understand the carnival atmosphere that is so renown here. Hawkers and gawke...Read More

Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton)

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Hotel | "Hotel Artes Barcelona"

Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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It was the flowers I noticed first -- a fanciful and clever profusion of arrangements in a mulitude of style and colors, the likes of which I have never seen quite before. The floral art throughout the hotel changed a few times during our stay and never failed to startle in a pleasant way. After our early-morning arrival, we waited for check-in behind a rather tedious line of cruise passengers arriving on overnight flights from America. My room was not ready, but I was escorted to the veranda on the second level. What? Another sight for sore eyes, the Frank Gehry designed "bronze fish" three stories tall overlooking the Mediterranean ocean. Fresh herbs bloomed in the little patche...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton)
Carrer de la Marina, 19-21
Barcelona, Spain
93-221-10-00

La Sagrada Familia

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Attraction | "Sagrada Familia"

La Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, is one of the most recognized cathedrals in Europe. Born during the Catalonian "La Renaixença" near the turn of the last century, it is yet to be completed. Seven spires remain to be built and perhaps one day a roof will cover the main sanctuaries. It‘s hard to say, as Gaudi met his untimely demise before he could clearly illustrate his intentions for the balance of the structure. One thing remains clear; Sagrada Familia represents some of the past century’s most stunning creativity in terms of architectural innovation and showcases Gaudi‘s devotion to the Catalonian spirit. It helps to visit ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2002

La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Barcelona, Spain 08013
+34 93 2073031

One of the Olympic Village restaurants Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona was the last port of call on our two week sojourn through the Mediterranean on the good ship Lunatic. That's a pseudonym, of course, for the luxury yacht we had yearned to test out after hearing so many accolades about it for years. The opportunity had arisen after we had become the unsuspecting high bidders one night at a charity auction where we had had too much wine to compensate for not knowing a soul in the room. In our giddy and romantic state we decided to go for it and pay the top dollar for the top ship for the top itinerary because, hey, we are out to experience the best…and we are idiots. So we somehow felt we deserved our greedy fate when we encountered the ship fi...Read More
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Barcelona's Pasea de Gracia is lined with choices of Tapas Bars. I tried quite a few of them, but really, I can't give a recommendation to one over the other. Each offered a similar assortment of tasty snacks and drinks, perhaps a specialty here and there, but nothing I could discern as noteworthy. One thing that most had in common was the determinedly slow service. The Spanish really like to sit for long periods of time in conversation and socialization. It is the hallmark of their society, really. Waiters will not ask you repeatedly if you need something. They will assume you have hours to pass and don't want you to feel pressured. This is a great thing if you are looking to pass time an...Read More