One of the nice things about living in Prague is that the Czech Republic is literally in the heart of Europe. It is fairly easy and inexpensive to fly from here to other major metropolitan areas around Europe. My husband and I are preparing for our trip to Barcelona next week...so its a busy time with all the "to do's" before the trip! But, I've been trying to set aside some time to do a little bit of reading about Barcelona. There are many travel guides online, such as Fodor's, Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and even the Travel Wiki. There is also a website, called Virtotourist.com, where you can see many pictures of some of the famous sights in Barcelona. Each of these websites offers many details about Barcelona, along with a look at the city's history, where to shop and stay and eat.
Barcelona is an ancient city--legends tell of the area orginally being settled by Carthanginian Hamilcar Barca (father of Hannibal) in the 3rd century BC. Later, in 15 BC, the city was taken over by the Romans. Barcelona is the secong largest city in Spain, and is the capital of Catalonia. The city sits on the Mediterranean Sea and has a long maritime history, and beautiful beaches. Barcelona is famous for its architectural works by Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenench i Montaner, and is also famous for being the home of the renowned artist, Pablo Piccaso. It is full of museums, ancient and modern architecture...and truly looks to be a place that offers something for everyone.
My husband and I are really looking forward to having some time to spend in this city...it looks like a beautiful place that offers many sights to see, and many cultural opportunities, along with gorgeous parks and beaches. And it looks like we will be doing a lot of walking while we're there!
There is more to tell, but that's all for today...I've got many errands to run this afternoon. If you would like more information about Barcelona, please click on the links (above) for the travel guides--they are very interesting and helpful!
You all have a very happy and safe 4th of July!
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