Books, Food, Travel

Travel: Barcelona

If you’ve read BECKONED, Part 1: From London with Love then you know I am passionately in love with this Spanish city by the sea. “Why do I love Barcelona so much?” you might ask. Well, let me count the ways:

  1. It’s SO colorful. Barcelona is almost Seuss-like in its architecture with their surreal form and rainbow hues. My absolute favorite is the Palau de la Musica Catalana with its convex, stained-glass roof that evokes the Mediterranean sun featuring women with flowing hair as sun beams.
  2. It’s safe and easy to get around. It’s compact layout and size, incredibly efficient public transportation, and safe streets make it a tourist dream to visit. Single women can visit the city alone with relative piece of mind. Subway, bus, taxi: they are all safe and inexpensive.
  3. The food is amazing. Okay, so it’s not as food-obsessed as Portland, Oregon (which I swear, is the most food-obsessed city I’ve ever been too…even the dives deserve a Michelin star), but Barcelona has a well-deserved reputation for being foodie heaven. It helps that El Bulli’s Adrià brothers have opened a panopoly of restaurants in the heart of the city. Pakta was fun and quite a culinary adventure, however, my favorite restaurant in Barcelona is Con Gracia. It’s the first place I recommend to people.
  4. It’s like having the Riviera in Paris. I can’t think of another city that has the combination of beach and cosmopolitan city that Barcelona has. That’s probably why it’s become such a popular destination in the last 10 years as the Barcelonese have really been investing in the quality of their beaches AND IT SHOWS. No where else can you get high-quality cultural experiences, restaurants and beaches all in one place like in Barcelona.

My one tip: read the book by art historian Robert Hughes titled Barcelona before you go. And of course, read BECKONED, Part 1: From London with Love, which has many scenes set in Barcelona despite the title! Wishing you love and romance!








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