Barcelona, Spain: The Land of Independence and Fearlessness
“Of all the places you have visited, which is your favorite?” The answer for me is always so simple; I never have to hesitate before I say “Barcelona.” I would choose the uniqueness of Barcelona over the bright lights of Paris, the busy streets of New York, or the glamour of London any day.
The Spirit of Barcelona, to me, is all for independence, individuality, and fearlessness. The city’s cultural heritage and history reflects its dedication to these principles. Barcelona is the capital of the region Catalonia, which has fought long and hard to gain and maintain autonomy. And even today, Spanish is not the first language in Barcelona; Catalan is. I believe it is impossible to visit Barcelona and not leave with a little bit of that spirit.
One of the major factors that captivated me about Barcelona is its unique architecture. I found that most European countries I visited had primarily old (still charming and beautiful) buildings but Barcelona has a balanced mix of the old and modern architecture that also reflect the individuality for which this city stands. I discovered the brilliant Barcelonan architect, Antonio Gaudi who is responsible for most of the modern and very gothic structures in the city, including the highly impressive Sagrada Familia cathedral (which is still under construction after more than 100 years). Check out some pictures below of the intriguing architecture:
Casa Batllo – Definitely Antonio Gaudi’s creation
Casa Mila – Another of Gaudi’s work
The most beautiful part of Barcelona, for me, is not anything visible or even explainable. Barcelona has this “thing” that evokes a feeling of home and freedom, and you just think that “I can be truly ‘me’ in this city.” Many people I talked with expressed similar feelings. I even met a lady who quit her job (completely out of the blue) in England and bought a one-way ticket to Barcelona, and she did not even speak Spanish not to mention Catalan! Barcelona has such an exquisite beauty and warmth that could pull one in and makes one want to stay. Do not take my word for it; visit Barcelona and draw your own conclusions. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these additional pictures:
The foodie in me was incredibly happy to see this in La Boqueria on the famous La Rambla street. How beautiful!
Night view of part of La Rambla
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