Barcelona: An Urban Gem

Barcelona may be the perfect city. It’s an urban gem: compact, accessible, containing beautiful beaches as well as historic quarters, renovated sections that are tourist friendly without being blandly over commercialized.  Quaint cafes, milk bars and tapas restaurants appear at every turn.  It’s buildings, cathedrals and monuments are breathtaking. From medieval quarters of narrow passages, wooden doors, low arches and grand stone palaces and churches, to it’s modern museums and Gaudi’s eclectic masterpieces. It is easy to see how Barcelona provided unlimited inspiration for Picasso and Miro.

As for the food – what’s not to love? Chorizo to die for. Wine – ridiculously cheap and amazing. Need more be said?

It is a bicycler’s and pedestrian’s dream, and yet taxis are plentiful and cheap! Green spaces, walking and cycling paths sprawl fluidly throughout the city.

Barcelona is pure magic, from the depths of the Barri Gothic to the heights of  the charming amusement park Tibidabo. We could live here in a heartbeat.

Bus Touristica

Museo Picasso

Sagrada Familia

Slideshow: Barcelona

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8 Responses to Barcelona: An Urban Gem

  1. Andy says:

    Oscar Picasso Foot – he has some real talent there. AF

  2. Naomi Matsuzawa says:

    I love Barcelona and this is the city that I dream to live. It is awazing that you guys are already there.

  3. Maurene Hammond says:

    Its half as far away as Hong Kong and house prices must have dropped in Spain. I like the thought.

  4. Gail Foot says:

    Glad you loved Barcelona. Dad & I love the city, it has so much to offer.
    It would be a lovely place to visit you, if you lived there!
    Oscar’s art is amazing, he has real talent.

  5. Ron Jacques says:

    And Barcelona has the best football (soccer) team in the world! I must get back there soon, as I feel the same way about the city as you do. Great seeing you in San Juan del Sur!

  6. Siobhan and zozo says:

    Love your artwork, Oscar! You are very talented – can’t wait to see what inspires you next!

  7. Kent Wasson says:

    Great post as always. How did you do the youtube videos of your photos with the music. That was really slick. The photos bring back some great memories. Thanks!

  8. Ivor Ambrose says:

    Delightful photos and account of your family trip. “It is a bicycler’s and pedestrian’s dream, and yet taxis are plentiful and cheap! Green spaces, walking and cycling paths sprawl fluidly throughout the city.” – seems spot on.
    One of the most family-friendly European cities for tourists, you might say?

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