Monthly Archives: October 2019

Sagrada Familia

We left the visit to the Basilica almost to the end of our trip, not out of choice but because they were booked a month ahead. We ended up with a 5:15pm time slot and were afraid it would be … Continue reading

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Poblenou Cemetery

Our next foray into the life and history of Barcelona was a visit to the Cemetery of Poblenou (meaning new town), the oldest cemetery in Barcelona, created in 1775 by Barcelona’s Bishop Josep Climent as a solution to the lack … Continue reading

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A Question of Art

There are times when what is called art baffles me. People a lot more knowledgeable than me have asked the question: what makes something art? Obviously they’ve answered it, because museums and art galleries are full of paintings, sculpture, etc. … Continue reading

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The Grande Dame of Avenues

The grande dame of Avenues Starting from the main Plaza, Plaça de Catalunya and heading north is Barcelona’s largest, most imposing of avenues, the Passeig de Gracià. Originally known as the “Camino de Jesus,” it was the only road leading … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Churches

La Seu, the Cathedral of Barcelona, is one of the important examples of the Catalan Gothic style, which is plainer and flatter than regular Gothic churches. It is one of the oldest churches in Spain, having been built on two … Continue reading

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Sunshine and Water

Sunshine with only a few clouds. Light wind. 23C. Time to hit Barcelona’s beach. Or should I say:beaches. We started in Port Vell (Old Port) where the industrial waterfront was replaced by the Port Olympic (for the 1992 Summer Olympics) … Continue reading

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