4 Special Experiences in Barcelona and Honoring a Legend
4 Special Experiences in Barcelona if you’re short on timeBarcelona is a City of joy, with people who are open and kind. You could easily spend a week or two and not tire of the activities Barcelona has to offer. But since I had less than 24 hours on my recent trip, here is what I did that I recommend as something unique and special:
1. Jump into a taxiOnce in the taxi, tell the driver (in Spanish, if you can) that you want to see the best of Barcelona. The locals are so friendly and sincere, that you might just get an incredible tour. For me, this comment led to an impromptu tour of the best of Gaudi, including a drive past the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà as well as the main areas of the city. This drive gave me an excellent overview to plan a walk later. Which leads us to…
2. Walk and explore!This is my favorite way to take in a new city. Mark your route to go past as much of the city as you can. Make sure to see the Plaça de Catalunya with its beautiful fountains, and walk down Las Ramblas to have the Barcelona tourist experience. I ended my walk at the beach, which I definitely recommend.
3. Visit the city beachesBe sure to walk along the beaches and enjoy the sea. Even in April I got my feet wet. Always jump in the sea if you can! Of course there are also many resaturanats and shops to explore along the promenade. Walk as long as you can, see the Olympic stadium or head towards the Costa Brava. Barcelona is one of the new major cities in the world with a beach on the ocean. Enjoy it!
4. Sample the amazing food of BarcelonaBarcelona has an incredible variety of organic, vegan food, as well as the traditional Jamon. Try the tomato squeezed on toast at breakfast. Sample the gelato, the fresh juices, and sweets. I sat at the community table at Flax and Kale on Carrer dels Tallers and enjoyed a large salad and some incredible juices and “milks”. I wished I had an extra stomach to enjoy it! The people were super friendly, and even humored me to make me think my Spanish was good. Barcelona currently is tied with Lisbon as my favorite city in the world. Barcelona also is a special connection because of the friends I made there. And Barcelona gave the world Gaudi, and Montserrat Caballé.
Better Together – Unifying DifferencesMontserrat Caballé singing with Freddie Mercury is a reminder that no matter how different our expressions, we can be unified in appreciation and support of one another. Together, we can bring out a greater quality in each other. We are better supporting each other, together. Barcelona is a city that epitomizes this joyous unity. Have you been to Barcelona? What was your favorite experience? Cheers, Kimberly
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