This isn't the first time I've been to Barcelona, I need you to know that now. I've been previously 3/4 times, all within the last 18 months. Long story short, my girlfriends mum lives here and I of course always say yes to tagging along, I'm good at that.
However, this visit included neither my girlfriend and nor did it include her mother, this was all me. Whilst they're both sunning themselves up in Cuba they asked me if I'd like to go look after the apartment in Spain.Let's cut to the chase, you already know I said yes, I'll crack on...
WHAT I LIKE
There isn't much I don't like about Barcelona but we'll get in to that a bit later. Where do I start with this place? There is so much I could go on and on about but I'm going to try and keep this relatively simple.
I can’t begin to imagine some of the stories that some of the faces have to tell around here. The locals are some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met and mix that with the many faces tourism brings in to the city, it's a people watchers paradise.
Take the older male generation for example. I found that each day I walked down towards Sagrada Família, there were different gentlemen that would sit and either take in the morning sunshine or be reading the local papers. Whilst I was in Barcelona they held the Catalan regional elections where by the people of Catalonia voted for their favoured autonomous community. I won't go into Spanish politics here but this was kind of a big deal with what had happened in Barcelona not so long ago. Google will tell you all you need to know if you so wish.
The ladies however, not a newspaper in sight. These ladies are all about the gossip… I caught them in their little gang on Christmas morning and my Spanish isn’t too good but what I got from them standing there for the 15 minutes I hung around was that they were clearing their chests of quite a few things.
And then you have got the tourists. They are everywhere. Even more so at the Sagrada Família... even at Christmas the tours don't stop, thousands and thousands of people from all around the world flock to this place to come and see the most famous piece from Antoni Gaudi.
One of the things that Barcelona is most famous for, there are said to be around 60 art museums within the city including arguably the most famous, Museu Picasso. A museum that holds over 4,000 pieces of work by the world famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.
I made my way around the Picasso museum but I can't show you any pictures because there is a strict no photography policy within the museum. The museum takes you through the interesting life of Picasso showing you his work from when he was as young as 15 up to the day he died.
100% recommend going to see this museum when you're next in Barcelona.
What I can show you is some of the Museu Nacional d'art de Catalunya or the MNAC. As well as the amazing art that you get to look at it's all inside of one hell of a building, the Palau Nacional.
You've got the lot in the MNAC. From Gothic Art to Roman Art and even artwork from the Renaiscance dating back to the 16th Century.
As well as there being some incredible art, the actual building itself is something else. The dome you see above is a piece of art in itself.
There are different areas of the city which are represented by different types of architecture. My personal favourite is the 'Gothic Quarter' in the south of the city.
The tall building and the small alley ways hold so many untold secrets about the city. You have to go and check it out for yourself...
I've kept this one short and sweet because we don't really need words here, just take a look...
WHAT I DON'T LIKE
Pick pockets are rife. There are warnings everywhere on the underground system about pick pockets because they operate mainly underground. Always keep your things close to you and be aware of who and what is around you.
I assure you that is all I don't like. Unless we're talking about certain foods then I'm not a fan of the mushroom sauce that Flax & Kale put on the eggs Benedict. Other than that, I'm in love.
To summarise Barcelona in one word,
Honest. The City is amazing. I can 100% guarantee that you will be blown away each and every day that you are here if not multiple times a day. This is presuming that you get as excitable as I do about PEOPLE, ART & ARCHITECTURE like I do!
But on a serious note, you wanna know if Barcelona is a city you should visit... 2000%, absolutely, yes. Sorry, I struggle with serious... and maths.
The city is incredible to look at, the people are super interesting and the sun shines pretty much all year round. Go get your vitamin D immediately.
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