Saturday, February 17, 2018

August 2018 - Barcelona and Madrid, Spain


This year in August I'll travel with my girlfriend to visit Barcelona and Madrid. Four days in each city. We will use AirBnb for accommodation. I have already started putting money aside for this trip. Total budget is $5000. I really don't like to travel but I'm looking forward for this trip.

I have a friend who read Eat, Pray, Love, which is a story about a woman’s travels and as soon as she finished the book, she got online and made reservations to go to visit the same countries. I have another friend who read 50 Shades of Gray and as soon as he finished the book, he got online... oh well, that is another story not for this post.

How about my neighbor? He is a wealthy sixty something man, doing a lot of traveling. He spend more time on the airports and hotels in a month than me in a whole year. But if you ask me, he is a completely nut case.


It appears that everyone likes travel. And I’m the only who doesn’t love it which makes me what - a freak, in a way. It’s like hating Christmas (which I admit I do) or weddings (which I despise) or kittens (which I don't hate. Who hates kittens? Fuck!).


It took me a long time to admit that I don't like to travel. In fact, I'm pretty close to saying I hate it. For years I said I liked it without really thinking about it, because I had the vague sense that it was part and parcel of being an educated, intelligent person. Right now I'm pretty sure that I'm not so intelligent so I can freely say if I have to travel, it mostly feels like punishment.


But I do travel, of course. I like seeing my family and friends, and if that involves travel, then fine. I can cope with the horror of flying for the fun of visiting new places. Exactly ten years ago with my family I visit Barcelona for ten days. Until this day, for me, Barcelona is the most beautiful city in the world.



In Barcelona, La Rambla is my favorite. Also called Las Ramblas The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said about La Rambla, 'It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end.' La Rambla starts at central square Plaza Catalunya and ends at the Columbus monument at the Port Vell marina. La Rambla it is not a spectacular attraction in any way, but very pleasant to stroll down and feel the human heartbeat of Barcelona. If you have not walk on La Rambla, you cannot say you have been in Barcelona.


I liked a lot the medieval city of Barcelona from the middle ages. It grew around the old Roman town of Barcino which is the oldest part of Barcelona. The gothic part of the city has many beautiful churches, plazas, markets and museums and you can see parts of the old Roman walls. We walked through the gothic quarter on foot enjoying peace and quietness so opposite from La Rambla street.


Parc Guell by Antoni Gaudi. Parc Guell i is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to one of Gaudi's most artistic works. Parc Guell is a Barcelona top attraction and must-see. The park is on Carmel hill so seeing this attraction involves a 900m uphill walk.


And the #1 in Barcelona must seen list is the fabulous and still unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi. This unique construction is Barcelona's most famous tourist attraction and most visited. It is also rated as one of the world's top attractions by Tripadvisor users. La Sagrada Familia welcomes 3 million visitors a year.


These photos were taken ten years ago. I was practicing ashtanga yoga for a 8 days at the local Barcelona studio and I went to beautiful beaches at outskirt of the city. I was impressed with the subway lines in Barcelona and we really had feeling being at home.

I am looking forward to visit Barcelona again and I would like to compare it to Madrid. We will travel to Barcelona, stay there 4 nights and then short trip by plane to Madrid and stay there 4 nights. All this will happen in the beginning of August. Yooohooo, I cannot wait. 😘


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