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Old October 22nd, 2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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BARCELONA, Espa˝a


In July 2011, as part of a family holiday to Lloret de Mar, north of Barcelona and not far from Girona (the airport into which we arrived). Lloret de Mar is not a particular interesting place but there are pictures nonetheless. Up the coast sits Tossa de Mar, a much more traditional sea resort with a lot of history. And of course - Barcelona itself. We made a day trip to Barcelona and were not disappointed!

The city is a must-visit on anyone's list! Having been to Valencia in 2010, which reminded me a lot of Barcelona, we found this city fantastic. Barcelona is Spain's second largest city after Madrid and holds the Europe Union's sixth largest urban area Barcelona is today one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influences in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. Indeed, it is a major economic centre and a growing financial centre (Diagonal Mar area and Gran Via); one of Europe's principal Mediterranean ports, can be found here as well as Barcelona international airport, which handles about 30 million passengers per year.

Country: Spain
Region: Catalonina (Catalunya)
Mayor: Xavier Trias i Vidal de Llobatera
Elevation: 12m (39 ft)
Population
- City: 1,621,537
- Metro: 5,083,000

For more information, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona

Many photos will follow. Hope you enjoy!
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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PART I
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 12:17 AM   #3
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beautiful!!!
will appreciate if you do have some shots of the interior of the Sagrada Familia
'cause honestly I haven't seen one.
thanks though for sharing.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 11:42 AM   #4
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Lovely and very nice shots from Barcelona, Mike
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 07:15 PM   #5
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beautiful!!!
will appreciate if you do have some shots of the interior of the Sagrada Familia
'cause honestly I haven't seen one.
thanks though for sharing.
Thank you! Unfortunately I did not go inside. Being there in the height of summer the queues were absolutely horrendous and I didn't want to waste time so sorry to disappoint. I would like to go back in a non-busy time to see though.

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Old October 23rd, 2011, 08:38 PM   #6
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I love Barcelona and was taken there for my birthday a few years back. The best birthday ever.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 03:51 AM   #7
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great pictures!!
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Old October 24th, 2011, 09:12 AM   #8
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Awesome photos of Barcelona....esp. Sagrada Familia.....thank you.
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Welcome ...and please post more
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Old October 24th, 2011, 09:32 PM   #10
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I love Barcelona and was taken there for my birthday a few years back. The best birthday ever.
What a great choice for a birthday treat! I was also there for my birthday but the weather was not great that day (better in the UK in fact). Can't wait to go back for longer than a day.

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Old October 24th, 2011, 09:36 PM   #11
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PART II
Ronda de Universitat

Consider this an intermediate update as the next one is likely to be much bigger. This avenue is of relatively short distance but nevertheless very busy and runs northeastwards from Placa de Universitat and Placa de Catalunya.



























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Great photos of this world class city. Looking forward to the next lots.
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Lovely city!
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Old October 25th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #15
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Very nice urban photos of beautiful Barcelona I really love Sagrada Familia, it's so fantastic Thanks for sharing
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Old October 26th, 2011, 01:49 AM   #16
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Great photos of this world class city. Looking forward to the next lots.
Thanks mate! Here comes the next lot.

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Very nice urban photos of beautiful Barcelona I really love Sagrada Familia, it's so fantastic Thanks for sharing
Thanks very much! It's certainly an impressive building but an absolute b**ch to get into.
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PART III
Plaša de Catalunya

Plaša de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city (see Barri G˛tic and Raval, in Ciutat Vella) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet at Plaša Catalunya: Passeig de GrÓcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla or Portal de l'└ngel, in addition to Ronda de Sant Pere, Carrer de Vergara or Carrer de Pelai. Flocks of pigeons gather in the centre giving it a very Trafalar Square feel.























































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