Barcelona was the third and last city we visited in Spain.  Barcelona reminded me of New York in a way.  The busy, hustling lifestyle and souvenir shops in every corner.  I heart Barcelona cheesy t-shirts and keychains were readily available for purchase practically everywhere.  The city has a controversial history and as soon as you arrive, you will notice the Catalan flags posted all over the place.  Another noticeable change is the language.  In Madrid and Sevilla, we came across the Spanish and English language.  In Barcelona, they speak a third language…Catalan.  Barce is the first city of the proud region of Catalunya.

We stayed in a hotel called Condes de Barcelona Hotel.  It was fantastically located in the main street where all the high-end shops are.  Across the street was the Louis Vuitton store, which did not help with my addiction to those purses.  We’ll save that for a different post.  La Pedrera is about a block away, which you can view from the hotel’s rooftop bar.  Great location and, once again, pleased with our hotel choice.

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The city is filled with Architectural wonders.  Mostly made by the famous Antoni Gaudi.  One of his creations was La Pedrera.  This “house” (it’s more like an apartment complex) was built in the early 1900’s and still contains original furnishings.  We bought tickets online to avoid long lines and since we were so close to la Pedrera, we scheduled it for early in the morning.

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One of Gaudi’s most recognizable creations is the unfinished church, La Sagrada Familia.  This was his grand masterpiece and, sadly, he didn’t complete it.  The city has a projected completion date of 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death.  This is a must visit!  And to avoid long lines, you can purchase your tickets online.

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The Picasso Museum is a must visit in order to see some of Picasso’s greatest art work.  The museum can get crowded, so buying tickets online is a sure way to beat the lines.  Can you tell, I don’t like wasting vacation time waiting in line?  The walk to the museum is full of shops and little ice cream shops so plan on heading out there early so you can stop and shop. 🙂

Okay, so I have to talk about this restaurant because they have the best burgers in town!  It is called Your Burg!  and the burgers here are juicy and made to perfection!  You create your burger and the moment you walk in, you can smell the scrumptious patties cooking.  If you want to treat yourself to a good quality burger, don’t skip out on this restaurant.

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My favorite walk we did in Barcelona was in Las Ramblas.  It’s in the heart of the city and Barcelona’s most famous boulevard.  You’ll come across street vendors as well as street performers and there is much to see.  Walking on this street, you will find La Boqueria Market.  In this market you will find produce,  meats, candy, food, ham (you have to try Jamon Serrano) and other delicacies.  La Boqueria is one of the most popular markets as it is conveniently located in a central area.

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This concludes my tour of Spain.  I will be going back to Barcelona later this year to meet with my sister and brother.  And hopefully, I get to go back to Madrid…someday.