Barcelona is my favorite city in the world that I’ve been to so far in my travels. I lived there for a summer during college and have been back a couple of times since. I love the laid-back, cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city and the nightlife is second to none. This past week, a friend asked for some recommendations for an upcoming trip to Barcelona so I thought I’d list out some of my favorite things to see and do in the city.
A good portion of Barcelona was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. One of my favorite Gaudi sites is Park Güell. The lizard mosaic at the entrance is one of the most recognized symbols of the city. The top of the park also provides one of the best views over the city and the ocean. You can see more about Park Güell here.
A Spectacular Fountain Show
Right off of the Espanya metro stop is the best fountain show I’ve ever seen. It takes place Thursday through Sunday nights and is well worth an hour of your time to see the vibrant colors and designs of the water.
Another Gaudi masterpiece, Sagrada Familia is probably the coolest site in Barcelona. It has three distinctly different designs and the third side is still under construction to this day. You can read more about Sagrada Familia here. The surrounding area also has lots of little cafés. I know this because when I lived in Barcelona for a summer, my apartment was only about half a block from where this picture was taken. What is still my favorite Sangria comes from a little café there called La Boulangerie, which was conveniently located directly across the street from my apartment. I quickly got to know the place well!
This week’s photo is of the famous lizard mosaic at the entrance of Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain. The sculpture was designed by the modernist architect Antoni Gaudi and is one of the most popular symbols of Barcelona. The city remains one of my favorite and one of the major reasons is all of the unique art like this.
It’s that time again folks! Another year has passed and some amazing new memories made. I want to share some of my travel highlights with you as we close 2012 and look towards the new year.
I always start off in January with one of my favorite events of the year: the North American International Auto Show. It’s a great place to check out all the new cars that will be coming out soon and see all the exotic cars that maybe someday I’ll be able to afford.
After not traveling much in the first part of the year, it was time for some much-needed beach time in Miami. I had done South Beach before, so I decided to go visit a friend of mine and see the other side of the bridge.
Shortly after getting back from the beach, it was time to jet off to Colorado for all the TBEX festivities in June. I arrived in Denver a couple of days early to explore since I had never been. I visited some great breweries, got to tour some interesting museums, and met a lot of the travel bloggers I’d be hanging out with for the rest of the week.
This week’s photo is of a rain forest in Madrid. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Wait, Madrid is a big city. How can there be a rain forest there?” To answer your question, inside of Madrid’s Atocha train station lies a not-so-tropical rain forest.
This week’s photo is of a sunset from along the river in Sevilla, Spain. Also check out some more night shots from Sevilla.