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Solo travel in Spain

Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture – Casa Batllo in Barcelona

Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture – Casa Batllo in Barcelona

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo when I went for an evening stroll. Staying in La Ribera district I walked over to Passeig de Gràcia enjoying the people watching and admiring the architecture along the way. There are expensive shops and several tapas bars along with hotels and office buildings […]

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Guitar Concert – Santa Anna Church – Barcelona

Guitar Concert – Santa Anna Church – Barcelona

  Looking for things to do in Barcelona alone? One thing I highly recommend to other solo travelers is to experience the local culture by attending concerts, art shows, and other unique events while traveling alone. During an early morning walk in Barcelona I noticed a flyer advertising a guitar concert that evening at the […]

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Graffiti and Street Art of Barcelona Spain

Graffiti and Street Art of Barcelona Spain

I stayed in La Ribera neighborhood in Barcelona which is a wonderful walking neighborhood and I enjoyed wandering around exploring my surroundings and snapping photos of the various graffiti. I love checking out the outdoor galleries of cities – sometimes the graffiti is political – sometimes playful – sometimes profound. I can’t resist taking photos […]

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Visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar – Skip Sagrada Familia

Visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar – Skip Sagrada Familia

While in Barcelona I had time to visit both the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar (Church of Saint Maria of the Sea) and Gaudi’s more famous Sagrada Familia. If you haven’t much time in Barcelona I advise visiting the former and skipping the latter. Skip Sagragda Familia?!? Yes, if you have only a few days […]

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Vistas – Montserrat Summit – Hiking Sant Jeroni Trail

Vistas – Montserrat Summit – Hiking Sant Jeroni Trail

  Breathtaking vistas abound at Montserrat! During my recent trip to Barcelona I hiked around Montserrat one afternoon and enjoyed the outstanding vistas so much I returned again to hike Sant Jeroni trail. Montserrat is one of the best day trips from Barcelona. Life is short – book your vacation accommodation today! Booking.com     […]

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Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – Trencadis Ceramic Tile Mosaics

Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – Trencadis Ceramic Tile Mosaics

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece Casa Batllo! I was exploring the city on foot as I am apt to do in any city. I find walking a city is the best way to get to know it – observing the people and places along the way – occasionally engaging […]

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Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell

Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell

Antoni Gaudi’s trencadis mosaic tile bench at Park Guell is a major tourist attraction in Barcelona’s Gracia district. Trencadis is a type of mosaic using broken tiles and was popular with the Catalan modernism style. Gaudi utilized discarded tiles from a nearby factory for the magnificent serpentine mosaic tile bench at Park Guell. Park Guell […]

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Tapas – Tasty Finger Food Treats in Barcelona Spain

Tapas – Tasty Finger Food Treats in Barcelona Spain

I just spent 9 days enjoying all the wonderful places to see around Barcelona – you can view the highlights here. Tapas are an essential, and delicious, part of enjoying travel in Spain. It is common to start out with some Pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato) which is bread with a tomato sauce spread on top and best […]

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9 Days of Solo Travel in Barcelona – Highlights of my Trip

9 Days of Solo Travel in Barcelona – Highlights of my Trip

What are the best things to do in Barcelona? Following are the highlights of my 9 days of solo travel in Barcelona from May 15th to 24th are just a taste of what makes Barcelona an extraordinary city. I am in LOVE with Barcelona!!! If you are considering solo travel to Spain I highly recommend […]

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Casa Vicens – Works of Antoni Gaudi – Public Tours Soon?

Casa Vicens – Works of Antoni Gaudi – Public Tours Soon?

Casa Vicens located in the Gracia district of Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Works of Antoni Gaudi. Casa Vicens is a private residence so there is currently no viewing the inside of the house although once per year on St Rita’s Day – May 22 Casa Vicens is usually open to the neighbors […]

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Stained Glass in Barcelona Spain – Palau de la Musica

Stained Glass in Barcelona Spain – Palau de la Musica

  Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a magnificent concert hall in La Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and completed in 1908. The concert hall features an elaborate stained glass dome which was designed to help bring some natural light into the hall as there were […]

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Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

I flew out of Austin headed to Barcelona via NYC on Wednesday morning and a short while into the flight I noticed the clouds all seemed to be lined up in tidy little rows as if someone had planted them in the sky! I am always in awe of cloud formations – looking up at […]

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