Barcelona was the very first city I visited in Europe. That was back in the mid-1990’s when the city was still basking from its Olympic glory. I was excited to return with Keith and combed the city to explore the old and the new. I found the city still oozed with Catalonian charm that I fondly remembered. I also found it to be more polished, more dynamic and more seductive.
Barri Gotic or Gothic Quarter is the oldest part of Barcelona. It charmed me with its picturesque labyrinth streets, old world feel, gothic architectures and museums. Now it also seduces with its cool boutiques, trendy cafes and restaurant, and fine street artists.
An outdoor café at Plaza Rei in the Gothic Quarter.
Excellent street performance is a typical feature in the charming narrow streets of Gothic Quarter.
Gothic Quarter: Fine street performers
Gothic Quarter: People enjoying a street performance.
Gothic Quarter: Sant Jaume Square, the administrative center of Barcelona.
A girl and balloons in Plaza Catalunya.
Las Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona, is lined with flower shops, cafes, trinket store, boutiques and street artists. It is frequented by tourists and pickpocketers – beware!
One of the flower shops in Las Ramblas.
La Boqueria, Barcelona’s colorful and lively produce market, is another one of our favorite spot in the city.
La Boqueria: The most beautiful mangoes we have seen. The most expensive one too – that’s almost US$10 a piece!
La Boqueria: The feisty seafood vendor.
La Boqueria: Garlic and peppers for sale.
La Boqueria: Refreshing fruit shake for sale.
Tapas, paella and sangria – the perfect meal for our first night in Barcelona.
Shades and shadows at Parc Joan Miro, built in homage to Barcelona’s world famous surrealist.
View of Plaza Espana from the Palau Nacional (Museum of Catalan Art), situated on the foot of Montjuic Hill.
The Olympic Tower built as communication tower for the coverage of the 1992 Olympics.
Part of the revitalized Port Vell is Maremagnum, a huge modern shopping and entertaining complex that also houses Europe’s largest aquarium.
La Barceloneta is the city’s old fishing port. Docked in its marina are the yachts of Barcelona’s rich and famous.
La Barcelonata is known for its sandy beaches as well as its upscale seafood restaurants and bars that lined its boardwalk.
Vendors of knock-off products lined up the waterfront of La Barceloneta at night.
One of the many tapas bar in the city.
A contemporary and colorful entrance to the metro.
A digital billboard in the middle of the metro track.
Relaxing at Parc Guell, a colorful park designed by Barcelona famous architect Antoni Gaudi. A vist to Barcelona is not complete without seeing his famous works. For more about Gaudi and his landmark architectures, please see Barcelona Part 2: Understanding Gaudi.
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