Before our cruise, we visit lovely Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain –– A 40-minute walk from our hotel, including one wrong turn, finally brought us to our restaurant in el Raval district, about 20 minutes late for our 8 p.m. reservation. We found the lights out and the door locked. A man greeted us. He said they had a problem with the water and were closed. He had reserved a table at a nearby sister restaurant—but because of our tardy arrival that table had been taken. …

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Teaching a teen about the virtues of travel

Teaching a teen about the virtues of travel The sheer size of the place can’t help but impress  even the most jaded teen. Some of the towers soar more than 100 feet. The massive pillars look like tree trunks, stone chameleons, tortoises and turtles.  Welcome to Antonin Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous site and one of Spain’s most visited. It’s a great place for a scavenger hunt with the kids. (Find the fruit  …

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Five days in Barcelona, plus side trips: Plenty to do and see

Well, the trip is over. We have said “adios” to Barcelona and after a long, but oh-so-comfortable, flight in Business Plus on Iberia direct from Barcelona to Miami, it’s all over but the trip to the dry cleaner. Barcelona and the surrounding area offer that proverbial something for everyone. Barcelona is a beautiful city. Wide avenues, wonderful buildings, gracious people. The sea on one side, mountains on the other. But always — from everyone in shops, hotels …

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Interested in Salvador Dali? Barcelona is a great area for exploring his full body of work

Art lovers will enjoy the Barcelona region. Okay, so you don’t find Dali delightful or Picasso peachy, Miro might be your mission. Not to worry, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful city. (And even if these three world-renowned Spanish artists aren’t on your top 10 list, you might want to visit these museums as each is an artistic experience.) Once you’ve explored Gaudi’s great Sagrada Familia church, it may be time to head for other artistic …

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Barcelona boasts a beautiful port, which greets ships throughout the spring and summer

It goes without saying that photos of the Sagrada Familia church are synonymous with the city of Barcelona. But this beautiful city is much, much more than the one site. Barcelona boasts beaches and art galleries, shopping centers galore and a magnificent cruise port where an amazing ship parade begins each spring and runs through the summer on many Mediterreans itineraries, while others offer Barcelona-Venice turn-arounds. I toured the port the day before yesterday, visiting Terminals A …

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Barcelona: The Sagrada Familia is still the city’s most amazing sight

Editors Note: Barcelona is one of the major European ports that will be visited this upcoming Med season. If your cruise begins or ends here, it is well worth a few days stay. Marcia will be reporting on some of the city’s highlights. Barcelona is a beautiful city. I am staying, with a group of five other writers, at the ME Barcelona hotel, a Sol Media product in Barcelona’s Industrial District, now being rehabbed into a cultural …

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