Category Archives: Barcelona

Getting to Montserrat

There are three ways of getting from Barcelona to Montserrat, Catalonia’s most sacred mountain and Spain’s first national park. You can rent a car and drive northwest for about 60 km; you can take the R5 train (toward Manresa) from … Continue reading

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MM 2-40 — Barcelona’s Barri Gotic in Monochrome

The Barcelona Cathedral is surrounded by several Gothic palaces, most of which have been turned into museums.  On our walk around the cathedral last October I paused to take this shot of the courtyard in the Palau del Lloctinent which … Continue reading

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Barcelona’s Barri Gotic

On our Day # 3 in Barcelona we went on our second Rick Steves walk. This time we explored Old Barcelona, better known as the Barri Gotic (Gothic District). All of Rick’s walks start at the Placa de Catalunya and … Continue reading

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Barcelona Cathedral in Monochrome

I have been working on some of the photos I took on our walk through Barcelona’s Barri Gotic district one day last October and I came across this shot that I thought might look interesting in monochrome. So here it … Continue reading

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Our Bus Tour of Barcelona — Part Two (the Red Route)

After our stroll down La Rambla on our second day in Barcelona we hopped on the hop on / hop off sightseeing bus to continue our sightseeing tour of Barcelona (see here for my posting on our Blue Route tour). … Continue reading

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Monochrome Madness 2-35: Gaudi’s Crypt in Colonia Guell

We visited the village of Colonia Guell outside Barcelona a few weeks ago to see the unfinished church designed by Antoni Gaudi. It’s called Gaudi’s Crypt because only the crypt portion of the church was ever completed. This shot of … Continue reading

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Our Walk Down La Rambla

After lunch on Day # 2 in Barcelona we followed what Rick Steves in his Pocket Barcelona calls The Ramblas Ramble. It’s about a mile walk from Placa de Catalunya down La Rambla, Barcelona’s most popular street, to the waterfront.

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Monochrome Madness 2-34: The Burial of Christ

We visited Barcelona’s Cathedral (Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia) one day last month and I came across this sculpture by Josep Llimona i Bruguera in one of the many cloister chapels adjacent to the church. It’s called … Continue reading

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Bike Borrowing in Barcelona

It’s called “bicing” and pronounced “bee-sing.” You borrow a bike at a station near your home and then ride to another station near your work. Periodically during the day you will see these trailers redistributing the bikes among the various … Continue reading

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Our Bus Tour of Barcelona — Part One (The Blue Route)

On our second day in Barcelona we decided on two sightseeing bus tours: the Bus Turistic Blue Route tour in the morning and their Red Route tour in the afternoon. In between the tours we had lunch at a nice … Continue reading

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