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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 29th 2014

Dinner tonight wasn't as good as Cafe de la Academia.... read more
Arcano address
Fortius wine
Eggplant with cream

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 28th 2014

I've been to many churches, cathedrals, temples and mosques and this was the most fascinating by far. The outside facade has two different looks. Front and back are totally different. When we walked inside I was expecting something that would marry with the exterior. Nope, it was like being on a movie set for Star Wars. Clean lines, very modern considering the year it was designed. We went up to one of the towers. If you are afraid of heights or have a bit of claustrophobia, don't bother going up. The young girls in front of us kept stopping to take selfies, not a single pic of the view. We tried to photo bomb but were unsuccessful. More about the church: The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which ... read more
Back of Basilica
Basilica
Basilica

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 28th 2014

We went for a tour of the concert hall. Very noisy, difficult to hear guide, but very beautiful building. The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth). It was inaugurated February 9, 1908. The project was financed primari... read more
Very ornate chandelier
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Horses with leather reins

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 28th 2014

They are everywhere of course.... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 28th 2014

For me, this was a plain and simple church. Here's the history: The first mention of a church of Santa Maria by the sea dates from 998. The construction of the present building was promoted by the canon Bernat Llull, who was appointed Archdean of Santa Maria in 1324. Construction work started on 25 March 1329, when the foundation stone was laid by king Alfonso IV of Aragon (III of Catalonia), as commemorated by a tablet in Latin and Catalan on the façade that faces the Fossar de les Moreres. The architects in charge were Berenguer de Montagut (designer of the building) and Ramon Despuig, and du... read more
Beautiful interior
Santa Maria
Santa Maria

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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 28th 2014

The hotel recommended a restaurant just steps from the hotel, Cafe de L'Academiac. It was delicious, I have a feeling we will return this week. UPDATE: Yup we went again and it was fabulous.... read more
Intimate setting
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Salad

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 27th 2014

The hotel recommended PLA for dinner. Extremely close to the hotel and the meal was excellent.... read more
PLA address
Iberian ham starter
Braised lamb

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 27th 2014

We walked around the market today. Even though it's winter, there was quite a lot to see.... read more
Colorful and fresh
Fresh eggs
Chicken

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona January 27th 2014

The construction of this imposing cathedral started in the 11th Century on the foundations of a basilica destroyed by the Moors in 985. The nave was built between 1298-1448. The construction of the neo-gothic facade was finished in 1890. The church houses 29 side chapels, 10 of which are located around the apse of the altar. In one chapel there is a supposedly miraculous crucifix. It is said to have helped defeat the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto. The church is about 83 metres long and 25 metres high. Cloister of the Cathedral The Cathedral is dedicated to Santa Eulàlia martyr, the patron saint of Barcelona. She was tortured to death in the late Roman period. The body of Santa Eulàlia lies buried under the high altar. Her feast day is always celebrated on the ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona January 26th 2014

We are staying at the Mercer Hotel. It's a small beautiful boutique hotel and in a great location, the Gothic Quarter. Staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful restaurant for breakfast.... read more
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Breakfast area




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