Beautiful Barcelona, Spain by da-AL

Heading off to La Rambla

This is the first of several posts on my a-w-e-s-o-m-e vacation to Spain and France.

Barcelona is wonderful off-season. In October, the weather was mild and the densely populated ancient city offered my husband and me a great start to a Spain/France adventure. We arrived a Friday evening, bleary-eyed from an overnight flight. Once at our rented room in a centuries-old flat, we stepped outdoors for a quick unexpectedly gourmet dinner. Upon return, we tumbled into bed where stupor overtook us. Fourteen hours later, we woke at two the next afternoon. Our self-imposed itinerary, not to mention our equilibriums, was already thrown off kilter. After sandwiches across the street, we set off for Barri Gòtic, (the Gothic Quarter).

The Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square) was the first of the gorgeous sites we enjoyed over the next few days. Barcelona is part of the larger community of Catalonia. At the square, an unfinished upside-down staircase towers over Catalunya’s first president, Francesc Maciá, representing Catalonia’s ongoing history. The monument was designed by artist Josep Maria Surbirachs.

The Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square) was the first of the gorgeous sites we enjoyed over the next few days. Barcelona is part of the larger community of Catalonia. At the square, an unfinished upside-down staircase towers over a bust of Catalunya’s first president, Francesc Maciá, representing Catalonia’s ongoing history. The monument was designed by artist Josep Maria Surbirachs.

da-AL at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is an eye-popping church still under construction since it began in 1835, scheduled for completion in 2028. Cranes continue to erect the innovative structure, its spires akin to the most amazingly intricate candle on the verge of melting heavenward back to the fantastical spirit world from whence it came.

Revelers after pro Spain rally

The cultural and economic arguments for and against Catalunya becoming independent from Spain are beyond the scope of this post. The weekend before we visited, a rally for succession ended in police brutality. Many worried that a subsequent pro-Spain rally scheduled for the Sunday when we were there might end badly too. Fortunately for everyone, the gathering was peaceful and we enjoyed a walk along the La Rambla neighborhood.

skateboard park - rennovated warehouse district

An ally near La Rambla

Throughout Barcelona, art reigns supreme, from the Museu Picasso (Picasso Art Museum) to architect Antonio Gaudi’s many buildings, to street art including this music/graffiti/skateboard park.

da-AL with cousin at Barcelona Cathedral

Our vacation started with a highlight: reconnecting with a cousin I hadn’t seen in far too long and meeting her lovely husband.

Catedral de Barcelona

After they guided us through the vicinity of the Barcelona Cathedral, they drove us up Montjuic for a delicious meal and an impressive aerial view of the city.

dinner at Montjuic

The following morning, we woke refreshed. We rented a car and let the GPS lead us to Basque Country, which lies half in Spain and half in France.

Learn more about Barcelona, the monument at Catalonia Square, Antonio Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, the Barcelona Cathedral, and Montjuic.

84 thoughts on “Beautiful Barcelona, Spain by da-AL

  1. I was there in my young high school years for maybe two days of a weeklong tour of Spain. This was so wonderful to see you in the olive green sweater over peach top, da-AL! ❤ This was a beautiful post. Thanks for helping me to remember some of the beauty and antiquity of Barcelona. So glad you had a chance to catch up with your cousin and her husband. Take care! 🕊 ~Robin

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  2. Beautifully written. Cervantes once said : “Barcelona, archives of courtesy, shelter of the foreigners, hospital of the poor, father-land of the brave , vengeance of the offended and pleasant correspondence of firm friendship, and in site, and in beauty, unique.” A breathtaking city indeed.

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    • haha – & thank you – my secret just for you, dear friend: take extra pix, then unflattering ones ❤

      but then, your avatar always makes me chuckle – want to pinch your serious baby face & make it smile 🙂

      oooooh-M-G!!!! was about to click 'send' but then decided to hop over to your site first — & happened to look at your 'about' — you've finally added your photo!!!!! what a beauty you are! so now you must advise us of your secret – tho assuming that's your daughter, then it must run in your family ❤

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      • What a lovely reply – my head is swelling. haha And yes that is my daughter and thanks for all the lovely compliments.
        My serious baby face is my passport picture and that wasn’t a very smiley time for me dear da-AL – but that’s another story! So sweet that you want to make me smile though …💜💜

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