Barcelona

A quick 1 1/2 hour flight via TAP airlines from Lisbon to Barcelona, then 45 minute Metro ride (2 changes) to Jaume I station, then about 10 minute walk to our AirBNB place near Carrer del Cecs de Sant Cugat .  The apartment is small, but two bedrooms.  We are certainly part of the community yet near many attractions.  With the window open, one can hear all the sounds of people getting ready in the mornings and sharing their evenings together.  A little too close for me – any moment, one expects to hear ‘garde à l’eau!’  Thankfully, that practice has long been outlawed.  Yet, there is an abundance of urine and poo from dogs in the city.

Nevertheless, Barcelona is a lovely city, with a plethora of attractions. The city purchased the limelight with the 1888 World Expo and then more recently, the 1992 Olympics.  Tourism exploded from 1 million to 10 milion in the ensuring 25 years!  Wow!  that’s really tough on infrastructure and for the people who live here to maintain their lovely and peaceful way of life.  We all must be careful about financial success based on tourism.  Suddenly, the very aspect of quaintness and relaxed lifestyle that drew in tourism is destroyed.

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Arc de Triomf – gateway to the 1888 World Fair – Barcelona
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Inside Sagrada Familia – Construction began in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026
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Typical neighbourhood street of Barcelona
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Nativity facade of La Sagrada Familia
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi  (Basilica Saint Mary of the Pine)
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Cloister at Barcelona Cathedral

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Stunning stained glass from the fourteenth century at Royal Monastery of Pedralbes

 

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