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July 30, 2010

• La Sagrada Familia •

I lived in Barcelona for four months when I was 18 and cannot believe I haven’t been back since. I stayed with a Spanish family and attended University where I took classes on Spanish art, religion, and obviously the language of Catalan (which later turned out to be very difficult when fulfilling my language requirements in college, but that’s neither here nor there). Although I frequently traveled to other cities and countries on the weekends with my good friend Alana, I often find I reminisce most about my days spent in the wild and decorative Spanish city.

When it comes to architecture, there is really nothing like roaming the Gaudí filled streets of Barcelona. Between the Sagrada Familia (pictured above), La Pedrera (below) and Park Güell (pictured just below La Pedrera), this city is like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of mystical buildings.

La Pedrera •

• Park Güell •

{ I know I’m not the only one to say this, but doesn’t Park Güell remind you of a little Gingerbread village!? }

While I could rant for days about my adoration for Barcelonian art and architecture, there are obviously many other incredible things about the city that I love. Call me typical but I will never forget the taste of my first Barcelonian paella and sangria - the warm, moist rice with fresh shellfish juxtaposed against the crisp, tart red sangria…I mean, I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Much like New York, I loved that no matter what time of day it was the streets of Barcelona were never empty. From lovers hand-in-hand to nightlife connoisseurs to obnoxious camera-clad tourists in khaki shorts and rolled up white socks, the city was always abuzz. From what I can remember, the fashion in the city wasn’t all too bad either. I definitely came home with two extra suitcases packed to the brim with clothes, shoes and trinkets & treasures that I ferociously gathered throughout my four month stay.

I recently had dinner with my friend Alana whom I studied and traveled there with, and all we could talk about was our desire to return to Barcelona, to recreate our memories from so many years ago. And so, I imagine that sooner rather than later, I will return to Barcelona with Alana because not only did we share our abroad experience together, but she’s just as much of a jetsetter as I am.

Have you ever been to Barcelona?

• Magic Fountain of Montjuic •

photos via google image search & flickr
9 Comments leave one →
  1. Renee permalink
    July 30, 2010 9:06 AM

    I have never been to Barcelona but have always wanted to go. Those buildings look incredible. I love these weekend getaway posts!


  2. Yasmeen Buttons permalink
    July 30, 2010 1:36 PM

    Those photos are breathtaking. I’ve never been to Barcelona but this post makes me really want to go :x The architecture is beautiful…it’s all so cathedral-like.


  3. samantha permalink
    July 31, 2010 11:33 PM

    amazing blog, the photos are breathtaking :]

  4. Mayflower permalink
    August 16, 2010 3:45 PM

    Barcelona is great! It’s one of my favorite cities! One of my best friends live there and I try to go and visit her each year!


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