My Shirona = BAR-CEL-ONA!!

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Sunday, November 28, 2010

As we drove along the sea towards Barcelona, we were suddenly inspired to stop at one of the little tidy train stations along the way. The outer reaches of the city was surprisingly clean and well designed.
When we secured a free parking spot we hopped on the train and ventured into the city, finding it at once as clean and open as ever. The station was called 'Arc Del Triomf' where there was a little red Parisian like arch. Appropriate, but some what unimaginatively named. There was however an awesome old dude on a pushbike that had a side-car for his little dog.

The city of Barcelona has enormously wide avenues like that of New York, only these streets were so wide and you never got closed in on like a lot of other big cities.
Cities that are similar in style are Paris and Vienna. Only Barcelona is consistent at being inconsistent which gives it the most unique atmosphere that genuinely works as its own style. What we mean is; every single building is extravagantly different from the next. Also, the city is home to a specific style called ‘Catalan Art Nouveau’ (a Spanish answer to the style that came out of central Europe). Which needless to say, brings us to a man named Antoni Gaudi.

This guy made all these flamboyant buildings throughout the city, organic, colourful, and downright bizarre. The first and most important building we sought out was his cathedral ‘La Sagrada Familia’, an unfinished but outstanding thing to behold. Looking like some kind of coral springing out of the stone. There is nothing like it.

We walked and walked and walked, awed by the architecture throughout the city including several other of Gaudi’s, all rainbowed in colourful random mosaic.
There was something different in this city that was quite hard to define. There certainly was no seedy aspect to it, which was incredible, but it seemed like the richest culture of art and design we had seen anywhere, as if the city truly had love and passion bursting at every corner. Remarkable.

We visited the national gallery and ventured down the gardens, then into the marina.

When night had come we walked through the medieval district, then into the gothic cathedral. Every little corner would have an amazing musician playing away.

We did having a hard time leaving, not because it was awesome or anything, but because we became lost and disoriented. And the fact that we had worn our walking feet to nubs didn’t help much either.

We were so genuinely impressed by Barcelona, without a bad word to say about it. It was such an awesome day together and we both agree that it is our favorite (modernish) city in the EU (and English is spoken well, the weed dealers even speak well). We would definitely welcome another trip back again. Perhaps in 2025 when Gaudi’s cathedral is complete.
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