Monday, March 11, 2019

Been There Done That…Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is my favorite city in the world!  The food, the architecture, the art, the people… all keep me heading back there time and time again. If you have been to Barcelona multiple times (which may be, since there are so many cruises that leave from Barcelona) then I’m sure you’ve strolled Las Ramblas, explored the Gothic Quarter and admired the best of Gaudi (Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera).  So where do you head next?  Here’s some suggestions…

For Art Lovers: Fundació Joan Miró is a museum of modern art honoring Catalonian artist Joan Miró. It was designed by Miro himself and traces his development through multiple periods and forms. Let me say that I visited this museum knowing nothing about his work. A two hour visit was enough time to make my way around and introduce me to his art.  The museum is located on Montjuic so be sure to take the funicular up the hill so you can enjoy the amazing views!

For Food Lovers: I bet many have passed Barcelona’s Boqueria Market located on La Rambla  but never ventured inside. You owe it to yourself to brave the crowds and walk through!  The sights…the smells…the tastings!!!! There’s not only food but wine and handicrafts too. La Boqueria Market has many places where you can enjoy high quality Catalan cuisine but keep in mind that most are not restaurants but tiny bars and space is extremely limited.  Still, it’s worth waiting for a table.   
For Architecture & Music Lovers: The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was designed by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. If you just want to visit this beautiful building there is a one hour guided tour in which you can marvel in the architectural detail, sculptures, glasswork, and windows.  However, if you are in the city in the evening try to get tickets for a performance.  I did not, and regret it.  It is on my list for next time.   

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