Category Archives: Spain

The question is “Barcelona or Porto?” And the answer is…

A friend asked us “Barcelona, Spain or Porto, Portugal?” and it’s a close call. Both cities rank high on our list of best places we’ve stayed. So, how to decide, if it’s an either-or choice? Our previous post, “Choosing where … Continue reading

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Front row seats

We had front row seats so all details of the heated glass being twisted and turned, blown and snipped were easily viewed. Three glassblowers from the Corning Museum of Glass demonstrated just how they would implement their vision to create … Continue reading

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Change of strategy

Energy to pull off visits to the ports on our own fizzled right after our first stop, when Joe came down with a nasty cold. We skipped a visit to Malaga, Spain so Joe could recover. We took a short … Continue reading

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TO DO: cathedral, palace, and wifi

We decided to make the final leg of our around-the-world trip a transatlantic cruise – our first major cruise. The ship we chose, the Celebrity Equinox, had 5 ports of call along the way – all new places we’d never … Continue reading

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Not just alive, but vibrant

We discovered a big reason everyone says, “Barcelona! You’ll love that city!” It took us a few weeks to figure out just where the magic comes from. The shops in our neighborhood are mostly small and carry a wide variety … Continue reading

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A park where no one bothers looking at the greenery

We love to visit parks to see plantings, trees, and birds, but that’s beside the point at Barcelona’s Park Güell. Everyone makes the trek up to Park Güell for one thing: to take in Antoni Gaudi’s inspired conception of what … Continue reading

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Keep Yours Eyes Open

We kept our eyes on traffic as we crossed a busy street in Barcelona and then almost ran into a huge bubble floating nearby. Where did that come from? Not far away we saw public water faucets and each featured … Continue reading

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Imagine living in this house

What would it be like to live in this house, completed over 100 years ago? Take a look: Josep and Amalia Batllo had wanted a beautiful and innovative home. They bought a 26-year old large house on a prestigious avenue … Continue reading

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Sunday afternoon in the park, Barcelona-style

Quiet descended on the city. It had to be Sunday. The blue sky and still warm October day was the perfect excuse for many in Barcelona to head for Parc de La Ciutadella. When did we realize how cleverly the … Continue reading

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