Thursday, August 24, 2006

Barcelona, Spain

Here is another one of my favorite ports.

Barcelona has long had a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, a fact that was undeniable to me the moment I stepped out on deck and took my first glance at the city. It is located in the heart of the Catalan region of Spain which any Catalan citizen will tell you is quite different from the rest of the country. They are a very proud, fashionable people taking the best of both Spanish and French cultures and making them their own. In truth, the city felt more like that of Paris or Nice to me than what I expected of Spain. The tiny streets of the historic Gothic district open on to wide graceful boulevards, parks and placas where Barcelonians can shop, promenade and be seen in style.

The pictures below are of the skyline as seen from our ship across the harbor (note the harmony of both the old and new architecture), their version of Columbus Circle which greets the ships in the harbor and even railroad travelers with Columbus pointing "that-a-way to the new world", the next two photos are of the tiny backstreets of the Gothic district, one of the many fountains which punctuate the boulevards of the city and finally La Rambla one of Barcelona's most popular pedestrian shopping streets.



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