Monday, 6 May 2013

Travel Inspiration: Barcelona

I thought it was time for another travel inspiration post, since our weather up here has still not gone beyond a slightly sunny autumn type day - if we're lucky.

We've been to Barcelona a few times and it never ceases to delight and inspire me. Apart from the amazing Gaudi architecture and the bustling Ramblas with its myriad of stalls and people, there is an indefinable atmosphere in Barcelona - perhaps it's an air of enjoyment.

It's difficult to avoid their famous architect in the centre of town, as the unusual Gaudi designs and shapes are everywhere. The large bone coloured Casa Mila, or La Pedrera,  sits right on the corner of the main street, its twirly, 'ice cream cone' turrets just visible on the roof.

Then there's the stunning La Sagrada Familia which you can reach by the frequent metro or bus. Never quite completed, and almost always under some kind of construction at certain parts, it's one of the most ornate buildings I've ever seen, with its quirky little sculptures here and there.

Another famous Gaudi sight is the Parc Guell which is situated in a hilly part of town. It's advisable to take a bus as it's some way out of town and an uphill walk. It's well worth the visit. Gaudi's trademark ornate designs welcome visitors with a building at either side of the gate. The biggest attraction here is the colourful mosaic salamander which is always surrounded by tourists and their cameras.

The whole city of Barcelona is a delight and when you tire of busy sights and streets, the sea front provides a lovely long walk away from the buzz. Or take a cable car and enjoy an overview of this vibrant city.

While I'm talking travel, I must mention my dear husband, Simon, who has been a professional travel agent for more years than he wants to remember and now works with Designer Travel. A few weeks ago, he was at his company's conference in Teneriffe and he came home with this lovely award for Business Development! I think he very much deserves the recognition, although he was stunned. It's clear glass so it was difficult to get a good picture of it.

And as usual on a Monday, I'm featuring a children's author on Flights of Imagination - today it's American author, J.D. Pooker with her book for the 8+ age group, The Ifs.



Wendy's Writing said...

Well done to Simon, that's a great award - fancy having a travel agent for a husband, no wonder you've been to such lovely places. I went to Barcelona with two friends for my 40th birthday many years ago and visited the places you've mentioned - it's a great place to go and I'd love to go back.

Vikki said...

I love Barcelona! Even although I've been 3 times now I'd still go back. Well done to Dad again for winning the award x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks, Wendy - it certainly helps! Glad you enjoy Barcelona.

Thanks for commenting, Vikki - I'm very proud of him too!

Jean Bull said...

Congratulations to Simon!
We went to Barcelona for our honeymoon and were told that La Sagrada Familia would be finished in 25 years. I said we must go back for our silver wedding anniversary, which we did. But was it finished? No, of course not!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Jean! I don't think it will ever be finished.

Paula Martin said...

It's somewhere I've never been, but it's on mu bucket list!

Anita Chapman said...

Lovely pics Rosemary. I haven't made it to Barcelona yet, but would love to go one day-so many friends have said it's a beautiful city well worth visiting. Congrats to your husband on his award. Hope the weather looks up!

Sara Bain said...

Another toot for the Gemmell household. Well done Simon. Loved your take on Barca with its unusual style of architecture. Have never been there but my daughter, who lives in Madrid, loves it and tries to get there as often as she can.
Right, back to work now!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's worth a visit, Paula!

Thanks, Anita - and I hope you gete there one day!

Hi Sara - thanks for commenting. Hope work is going well.

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