Beautiful Barcelona

It was our first trip to this lovely city and we were able to visit numerous World Heritage Sites. Our hotel was just off Las Ramblas, the charming tree-lined pedestrian avenue, and across the street from Palau Guell, a private residence designed by Gaudi, whose delightful buildings can be seen all over Barcelona. Every day was a feast for our eyes, our ears, and our tastebuds! We loved walking through the Gothic Quarter, where even FedEx delivers by tiny cargo tricycles to get through the narrow streets. Highlights included the Picasso Museum (the evolution of his work is fascinating), the Palau de la Musica Catalana (a stunning performance venue), and the Teatre del Liceu (opera house), where we were able to watch a performance of “War Requiem.” In an amazing stroke of luck, we were able to visit Circulo del Liceu, a private club established in 1847. It’s only open to the public once a year for two hours and we were so fortunate to view the spectacular artwork and interiors.

And of course, we had to visit La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece. The exuberant exteriors didn’t prepare us for the expansive, light-filled interior. What a vision Gaudi had for his masterwork.

You can watch Bob’s short video below, and scroll down for some of our favorite snapshots. Click on any photo to view a slideshow.

Want more Spain? View our earlier trip to Spain, Portugal and Morocco for more amazing sights. You can also view more of our touring adventures.