TEN THINGS ABOUT BARCELONA

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  1. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. The people of Barcelona do not want to be considered Spanish, they are Catalan above anything else.
  2. The Catalan have their own language, Catalan.
  3. Some great names from Barcelona include Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudi, opera singers Montserrat Caballe, Victoria de Los Angeles and Jose Carreras. French  Open and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is also from Barca.
  4. There is a fairly vocal movement opposing tourism in Barcelona. The main complaints are around housing affordability.
  5. Barcelona must be the El Dorado for interior designers. There is a decoration store in almost every block.
  6. The tapas are served very elegantly.
  7. The two most popular sights, Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are no longer free.
  8. There are taxis everywhere- except the night when we stayed out too long and the last bus had already gone. We walked home - almost an hour.
  9. The light show at Plaça Espania fountains was awesome.
  10. Like Paris, English is widely widely spoken. In some ways this is a shame.
The super light show. We stayed a bit too long.... (Read item 8 above). 

The super light show. We stayed a bit too long.... (Read item 8 above). 

Superb tapas! We congratulated the restaurant, asked to take a photo, and then went to our hostel to eat a microwave pizza.

Superb tapas! We congratulated the restaurant, asked to take a photo, and then went to our hostel to eat a microwave pizza.

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The anti-tourism movement is very vocal at times.  Food for thought for sure.

The anti-tourism movement is very vocal at times.  Food for thought for sure.