Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hola Barcelona!

Last month we got to take a short but fabulous break in Barcelona. You might remember we visited Madrid last year and loved it. Everyone said Barcelona is even better but I had a hard time believing it...but now Im a convert.

Barcelona has a certain buzz that makes being a tourist there extra special. Everywhere you turn there is something wonderful to look at - the art, the people, the architecture, the history.

Enough babbling - here was our trip in photos.

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We also got to spend a day touring the surrounding areas and learning all about the life of Salvatore Dali.
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We had such a great time - 3 days in this city was definitely not enough!

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41 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos - makes me wanna go there! :-)

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  2. Ms_Bright9:28 AM

    Fascinating. That door knocker! Gaudi! Just beautiful!

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  3. I always love seeing the world through your photographs... and adding more cities to my ever growing list of places to visit! :) Thanks so much for always "taking us along"!!

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  4. Bekwales10:37 AM

    As always, your photographs are Fantastic! I especially like the architectural details.

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  5. BEAUTIFUL photos!!! I fell in love with Barcelona as a teenager and dream of going back!! Thank you for capturing the spirit of the city and sharing it with us. Definitely brightened my day! Now if only I could stop spending money on my condo I could go back!! :-)

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  6. I love that door knocker! Oh, and I had forgot about that curvy building... I remember seeing that back in a architecture class in college. Such a special place! Thanks for sharing it:)

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  7. Can we trade lives?

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  8. Janell Beals2:34 PM

    You are so well suited for a career in travel journalism and photography...I'm certain you've given it some thought? I suspect you are very successful at your 'real' job, but I hope you find a way to follow your wonderful talent in this direction if you ever decide to do so! Janell

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  9. Mr. Goodwill Hunting4:41 PM

    These are certainly amazing photos. I cannot wait to do some international traveling. First thing I need some money...lol


    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  10. Gorgeous pics, as usual! I love that chandelier, how fun! And I'd have had a hard time not stealing that door knocker. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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  11. you perfectly captured the unique essence of barcelona! stunning photos.

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  12. Beautiful pictures, my favorite is the chandelier.

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  13. Amazing. I feel like I just took a vacation! OK, almost. :)

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  14. Christine7:10 PM

    Those little yellow fluffy flowers are an Australian native :)
    They're a wattle tree. You'll see them blooming everywhere in Aus if you come in wintertime. There are a few summer varieties though.

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  15. Regina7:44 PM

    I need to get myself to Barcelona STAT. Loved your pics and love your blog.

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  16. Beautiful pictures! I don't know why but I love the one of the lady drinking her espresso.

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  17. Terri9:35 PM

    Stef, your photos are gorgeous. Glad you had fun and beauty...
    xo Terri

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  18. Mrs. Plank10:10 PM

    I love your eye! Its really really great.

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  19. So glad you had fun on your trip! Your photos are amazing!

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  20. Again, for the bazillionith time I've told you{hehe}, these photos are amazing! I, too, loved Barcelona! : )

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  21. Kathy@princessannecounty11:34 PM

    Your pictures capture the spirit of Barcelona better than any travel brochure could. I'm green with envy....k

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  22. I just looked at every one of your travel posts and I feel so inspired! Now I'm dying to go on a trip right now. :) I'd love it if you elaborated more on what you did during your time there, although your photos are AMAZING!

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  23. Exquisite photography.

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  24. Jbergum9:43 AM

    OMG I miss Spain! I studied there in college and visited Barcelona 4 times while I was there! LOVE

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  25. Your photos are absolutely stunning. You seem to find such interesting perspectives when you shoot. Inspiring.

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  26. These photos are stunning!

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  27. These photos are simply stunning.

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  28. Wow!! So many nice prints!! Very good blog! I Loved the last post about refurbishing the piece with the map! Looked so cool!!

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  29. i love that chandelier! and the woman sipping coffee...and the bikes...looks like you had a beautiful trip!

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  30. Michelle3:48 AM

    I had my second trip to Barcelona in September. I did the Segway glide tour around the harbour, beach and town what a great way to see everything. Is there anything better than tapas and sangria? I think not!

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  31. Martha11:32 AM

    Barcelona is my FAVORITE city. My mom is from Barcelona (she moved here 38 years ago) and I have spent many days exploring the city. You are right. There is something special about this city - food, people, art, sea, something. I just love it and I can't wait to take my kids to show them my adopted city. To feel and and see the magic. I love your photos. They make me want to plan a trip ASAP. : )

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  32. Your trip recaps are one of my all-time favorite things to read online. Stunning photos, as always. :)

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  33. Love that bed and the light and the...oh I love it all :)

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  34. MrsLimestone9:20 AM

    Thanks Janell - that is very sweet of you to say. I don't think my skills are up to snuff for a professional gig but if anyone ever wants to pay me to take photos, I won't be turning them down :)

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  35. MrsLimestone9:20 AM

    Thanks - I was wondering what that stuff was. Too bad I won't be in Australia in the winter - im sure it must look amazing in big quantities.

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  36. MrsLimestone9:20 AM

    Hi Julie. Happy to share what we did although its probably pretty typical.

    Day 1: arrived from overnight flight, got settled in our rental apartment, walked all around the area including the Las Ramblas street, went to the famous food market, the department store and out to eat - all within walking distance of our apartment on Passeig de Gracia.

    Day 2: We had pre arranged a full day tour to the areas outside Barcelona. Specifically the Dali museum, the medievil city of Girona and the seaside town of Cadaques.

    Day 3: We started off the day by touring one of the Gaudi houses that was near our apartment. Then we walked across the main part of the city (stopping into a fabric store on the way over) to rent little yellow scooter cars to drive around the city and hit some of the sites incluging the Segrada Familia (gorgeous church) and Parc Guell (interesting park designed by Guadi)

    Then it was time to go home. So much more to see than we could possibly do in 3 days but did cram a lot of fun in.

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  37. Clmw Cole8:29 AM

    What beautiful photographs.You were able to give such a wonderful feel to the city.

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  38. I am a huge Barcelona fan. I visited when I was 13 and it left an indelible mark on my design aesthetic. Amazing photos, thanks for sharing!

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  39. Giuliana5:50 PM

    Can you rec. a place to stay in Barcelona?  My husband and I are going in July and...well, we just have our tickets and that's it.  Your photos are beautiful though and make me feel good about the leap of faith :)  Thanks!

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  40. We went with another couple and rented an apartment which was a great way to experience the city since we could shop at the markets for food and feel a little more like we were living there than we would at a hotel.  We stayed at this apartment which was pretty great: http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g187497-d1854302-Elegant_Apartment_in_prestigious_Paseo_de_Gracia-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

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  41. Nice photos! I loved them! You've made me remember my stay in Barcelona last year when I went to study Spanish at bcnlanguages... such great memories there! I wish I could go back soon and visit my school and teachers, they're amazing! :)

    regards
    pili

     

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