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Balconies of Barcelona

My husband and I have always talked about going on a Mediterranean cruise...sailing around Spain, the South of France and Italy. That opportunity came our way last month for just such a cruise so we took it and off we went!  The ship sailed out of Barcelona allowing us a chance to spend some time before and after our cruise in this bustling Mediterranean city so full of life, beauty and amazing architecture.  Whenever we travel, we always try to get "a room with a view" and preferably a balcony...and Barcelona is one city that has no shortage of those.   

Over centuries balconies have played an important role as a beautiful architectural feature of homes, hotels and buildings worldwide.  As we toured Barcelona, one of my favorite balconies was this one at Casa Batllo, a home (now museum) designed by Antoni Gaudi for a wealthy Barcelona Aristocrat.  Gaudi's work is internationally admired and one of the most influential architects of Spain whose work is seen all over the city.

Balconies of Barcelona
CASA BATTLO

Balconies of Barcelona
CASA BATTLO

Balconies of Barcelona
Our hotel...first time through

Balconies of Barcelona
View from our hotel of balconies full of flowers


Balconies of Barcelona
Our hotel...after the cruise


Balconies of Barcelona
Our Balcony


Balconies of Barcelona
More balconies...


Barcelona street lamps
I fell in love with these ornate street lamps...


When visiting a foreign city, one of the best ways to see the most you can possibly see in a short amount of time is to take a double-decker bus tour.  You can either get on and off at the different points of interest or just ride upstairs, get some sun and listen to the narration through headphones.  Being a little jet-lagged, we opted to just ride the entire two-hour tour and reserve our energy for the cruise since we had just arrived on the overnight flight from the states.   

 Barcelona is quite a large city of over 1.6 million with over 4 million including the out-lying areas. With the number of balconies we saw, I'm guessing each and every one in Barcelona enjoys their very own balcony...:)


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