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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Part 2, Icon’s of a City….Barcelona, Spain

Here we are again, I am so happy that you have returned to read Part 2, Icon’s of a City….Barcelona.

Las Ramblas

It is not a building, nor is it a restaurant, museum or the latest dance craze.  It is simply a a Boulevard, a street, whatever you want to call it in your language.

And yet it is so much more than a simple boulevard that you drive down on your way to somewhere more important.  Along with La Sagrada Familia, this may be the second most important Icon of Barcelona.  Las Ramblas is the monumental centerpiece of life in the Catalan Capital.  It throbs with Activity, as crowds at all hours of the day file past vendors, food markets, cafes and historic buildings, including the great Liceu Opera House.  Subdivided into five separate Ramblas, each of the different character and attractions are a lively succession of newspaper kiosks, fresh flower stands, bird sellers and crowd friendly human statues in elaborately conceived costumes and face paint.

The Rambla was originally a small stream flowing just outside the city walls. In the 16th century convents and a university were built along the river. In the 19th century the city wall was torn down and buildings were erected along the now dried up river. The original buildings were demolished but they are remembered in some of the names of the five different parts of the Rambla. Even though it is one continuous street, the Rambla actually consists of five ‘ramblas’. That’s why the street is also called Las Ramblas (Spanish) or Les Rambles (Catalan).

About half way down the Boulevard, to the left as you face the port, is the Placa Reial, a grand square with Cafes, palm trees, arcades and lampposts designed by modernista master Anotni Guadi.  Millions of toursits and locals visit the La Rambla’s area every year.  Be vigilant and protect your valuables.

Mercat De La Boqueria

One of my favorite places to go when in Barcelona.  As you walk down the La Rambla’s toward’s the port, about 3/4’s of the way down, to your right will be Mercat De La Boqueria.  Surprisingly it is easy to miss, so keep an eye out for it.  It is a large outdoor covered market filled with the sights, sounds and smells of Barcelona.

Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Cured Meats, Candies, Fresh Seafood and plenty of fantastic Spanish Wines and Cordials.  Mercat De La Boqueria is Europe’s largest and surely most dynamic food market, this Catalan classic is the foundation of Barcelona’s fascination with food.  You will be mesmerized and fascinated with simply wandering among the more than 300 stalls and several bars and restuarants.  Keep your eyes open for Bolets and Ceps (Wild Mushrooms), massive prawns, eels, octopus, emu eggs and so much more.

As a food guy (Food is my real business) I love this place.  I have been to markets all over Europe and this one has a special place in my heart and stomach.  What makes this such a real Icon of Barcelona is that the Catalan people love food, fresh, crisp, natural food, they desire only the freshest of fruits and vegetables available, and they know how to cook them into some of the best cuisine in the world.  It is a shame that all cities in the U.S. don’t have fantastic markets like this.

Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya

I have written about this fantastic museum of Catalan Art, you can read all about by clicking here.  At the base of Montjuic, within the domed Palau Nacional, this museum is anythign but a stale repository of religious art.  It’s medieval collection, which includes Romanesque works salvaged from churches all over Catalunya is unequaled.  Many of the superb altarpieces, polychomatic icons and treasured frescoes are displayed in apses, just as they were in the country churches where they were found.  Other highlights are paintings by some of Spain’s most celebrated Old Masters, including Velazquez, Ribera and Zurbaran, as well as nine newly acquired Picassos, exhibited in their own gallery.  If your on a tight time schedule, make plans to visit in the afternoon and stick around for the light and sound show of the Font Magica at the base of the Palau Nacional.

FC Barcelona

Any list of Barcelona’s Icon’s would not be complete without the mention of FC Barcelona.  If your not aware of who or what FC Barcelona is, just find someone who loves Manchester United and ask them about FC Barcelona.  Ok, bad idea don’t do that.  Football people, Football.  Now for those of you in the United States, it is not the football you know, it is Soccer to you.  But it is the Worlds Biggest Sport and FC Barcelona is the one of the World’s biggest sports teams.  If you find yourself in Barcelona, it is worth it to get yourself to a game if possible.

I want to be clear about one thing, this list does not in anyway attest to being the ultimate and definitive Iconic list of Barcelona.  Frankly there is so much to see and do in this beautiful city, that it would be nearly impossible for me to create that definitive list.  Instead, I suggest you all make your way to Barcelona and create your own list, but don’t forget to share it with me.

Happy Travels


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2 Comments on “Part 2, Icon’s of a City….Barcelona, Spain”

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