"Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday..."
(17 - 20 June 2001)
In 2001, I went to Spain twice. Early of the year we had a long holiday venturing Spain and Portugal with the three children. Later of the year, I followed hubby for a short business trip. On the way back, we stopped over in Zurich.
Barcelona is Spain's second largest city and the capital of Catalonia, one of the 17 regions that form Spain. The city has a wealth of unique historic architecture and has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Barcelona is an unforgettable city of art, culture and beauty. Gaudi's works, museums, concerts and FC Barcelona’s football team homeland. If you walk along the Ramblas, you will enjoy street musicians, living statues, hustlers and just plain loonies.
You can choose to hop onto the Tramvia Blau for a tram trip up to the top of Tibidabo and take in the magnificent sights of the city below you. Shopping can be done along the Passeig de Gracia, at the most well known boutiques in Barcelona. Later, you can a sunset drink at a chiringuito bar on the Barceloneta beach, then after dark, join the locals for pub crawling at the Barri Gotic for a huge selection of tapas bars and cafés.
La Rambla. The most famous boulevard in Barcelona stretches from the harbor to La Placa Catalunya running through the Ciutat Vella like a spine. Come here to see the street performers jump out at unsuspecting tourists, enjoy the flower and pet stalls, or just sit back and watch all of Barcelona walk by. During the day, La Rambla is packed with tourists, at night, the locals come out as well.
Bull-fighting – We had the opportunity to watch bull-fight show, basically a dance with death - one wrong move and the Matador could become the victim instead of the bull. It is the Matador's job to make this dance dramatic and enjoyable for the audience.'