Barcelona, I Had This Perfect Dream

I never get enough of Barcelona, even in the sweltering heat of July.

I hear this is a city built for hedonists with pulsating clubs and designer cocktail bars. I’ve never experienced this Barcelona of night owls and vampires. I am more familiar with the Barcelona of Freddy Mercury and Monserrat Caballe, perhaps Rufus Wainwright. Though I do wind up eating later than usual and staying up way past my bedtime.

My Barcelona is kissed by the Mediterranean sun, where people play hard but also work hard, averaging less hours of sleep than any other people on the planet. It is a magnet for design freaks, architecture and history buffs, and lovers of food.

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La Boqueria

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Las Ramblas

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Street Art in La Barri Gotic

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They must have gotten a good deal on the hats

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6 thoughts on “Barcelona, I Had This Perfect Dream

    • Except for El Prado, I also did not find Madrid very compelling. I’ve been told to give Madrid another chance with a longer stay to ferret out some of the smaller side streets and plazas.

      Barcelona is marvelous. I wouldn’t describe the Catalan as warm and fuzzy, but they are polite and not unkind. They are just very reserved, I think.

      Yep, that last photo – I thought I was having a religious conversion or something…

  1. Ahihihi … While the Spanish people are having their siesta, foregiengers are fighting their sleep-deprivation habit. Love the pictures esp. the architectures and that last photo of course. Nice Rufus Wainwright mention ;).

  2. Your opinion, pictures and experience with Barcelona are different from other bloggers that I’ve read. But the only thing that is the same everybody love this great city. Your lovely post is the nice addition to city description. I like it and thank you for sharing.

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