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Barcelona June 20, 2012

Posted by gtwreck in Travel Log.
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My first post was about a trip around Europe, and I never mentioned the city that I am living in for the semester. Since Barcelona has been such a blast, I feel as if I owe it its own blog entry.

The pace of Barcelona is vastly different from that of Atlanta, or any other city I have been to in America. The people here will spend hours sitting outside of cafes drinking beer or coffee and chatting. In the afternoon, shops close down and the big metal blinds that cover virtually every window go down and the city takes a “siesta”. Even the students at our university sit outside in between classes and hang out. Even the dogs are more relaxed. There are no leash laws here, but they still stay within a few feet of their owners. They all look happy compared to American dogs and you never see them barking at each other when they pass on the street.

Some of the main attractions in Barcelona include the Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, Placa Reial, and Los Ramblas. 

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Sagrada Familia is one of the tallest structures in the city, and a clear landmark. It was started by Antoni Gaudi, but to date is not finished. Gaudi has left his mark all over this city, but this cathedral is by far his most popular work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Montjuic is a castle on top of the mountain that borders Barcelona to the West. There is a park leading up to thecastle, and the top of the mountainprovides breathtaking views of both the city and the ocean. There are also still remnants of the military activity there, like the big cannons facing the seathat used to defend the city from nautical attacks.

 

 

 

 

 

Placa Reial is a square in the middle of the old city of Barcelona. There is a large gothic feel to the whole area, but I have recently learned that most of it is a facade put up by the city to attract tourists to the area. It still offers gorgeous views and is a great place to walk around and look at stores and shops. Los Ramblas borders the old city and is the tourism center of Barcelona. It is covered in stores, restaurants, bars, and other tourist attractions.

Barcelona is an incredible city with a lot to offer. Though this was a very general overview of the city, I will break down certain aspects of it in future blogs.

 

Steven Wojcio

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1. gtpspdirector - June 20, 2012

Here’s a fun fact – Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Cathedral) was not only left unfinished, but has been under construction for more than a century!


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