Welcome back to Timeless Travelers…we’re delighted that you’ve decided to join us once again. On this trip, we’re trying to visit many of the ports we missed on our abbreviated 2020 World Cruise.  Starting with two delightful days in Barcelona, we’ll be cruising the Mediterranean to Istanbul, where we’ll spend several days before flying to Cairo. Once there, we’ll be sailing the Nile before heading home. One thing that’s different this time is that since our world cruise, we’ve added a new member to our family. Mocha Latte is a 2 year old mini Bernedoodle who has captured our hearts. She’s spending this time with her pals at Our Furry Friends, and we’re grateful to Ms. Babette who will make sure she has a great vacation too.

Mocha Latte

Although two days isn’t nearly enough time to experience everything Barcelona has to offer, we ignored our jet lag and packed as much as we could into our precious time there.

Barcelona is an exciting urban center that blends the historic with the contemporary in a way that delights the senses and literally offers something for everyone. With a tremendous focus on art and architecture, it’s truly a feast for the eyes! The influence of such greats as Gaudi, Picasso, and Dali is found everywhere.

The street lamps of Barcelona are exquisite, and range from very simple to absolutely extraordinary.

Barcelona’s markets are bustling centers for local commerce. One of the largest is Mercado de la Boqueria. Originally established in 1840, this market offers a huge selection of Spain’s renowned cured meats, cheeses, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and mouth-watering prepared foods.

Las Ramblas is one of the most iconic boulevards in Barcelona. Thousands of daily visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of the street, including the live statues that will “perform” for you for a small fee.

Murals, public art, and graffiti are found throughout Barcelona, and colorful street signs add interesting local flavor.

But the crown jewel of Barcelona is Gaudi’s masterwork, La Sagrada Familia. The largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world, it was supposed to be finished in 2026 in celebration of the centenary of Gaudi’s death. Covid, however, delayed the church’s completion, and some speculate that it will never be finished. A mix of architectural styles, the church is truly a masterpiece, deserving of a complete story of its own. Here is just a sample of this intricate, magnificent work of art.

There is so much more to Barcelona, its people, art, food, and culture, but with only two days to visit, we simply didn’t have time for everything. Here are just a few more photos that capture the spirit of this vibrant place. We would love to return some day.

21 thoughts on “Barcelona

  1. So glad you guys arrived safely and are enjoying your wonderful adventure. I visited Barcelona back in 1999 and it was a wonderful city to explore. I did enjoy the church and also the food. A highlight which was special was I collect Lladro and I found a couple of shop owners who had secret awesome exhibits of their private collections that they shared! Have a wonderful and safe trip. luv you both!

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  2. Great pics and fun spot. The cathedral has made progress since I saw it in 2008 so maybe it will get finished….someday! Enjoy your adventure and thanks for keeping me on the distribution.

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  3. I would love to go to Barcelona. That church is remarkable. Looking forward to following every step. Praying for smooth sailing, easy travels, and health for everyone. Love you

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  4. So enjoyed your post and beautiful photographs. It brought back many memories. Enjoy Istanbul; I look forward to your report. We were there in 1987 for our honeymoon and then again in 2005 with a group of friends from Cleveland. Wishing you safe and happy travels!

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