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Lasting Impressions: Barcelona

Horses + Chariot

While Barcelona is a very modern place, its lasting impressions are timeless. It’s one of our favorite big cities in Europe.

Sense of History
It takes only a few minutes here to realize that Barcelona is definitely a 21st Century city. However, in the center of town you can hardly look in any direction without seeing historic monuments, stunning churches, and grand public buildings.

Cafe in the Church

Rich Architectural Tradition
Classic structures abound, yet Barcelona has a history of architectural experimentation that is rare in Europe. Gaudi and the Modernista Movement were the start of a grand experiment that continues today.

Sagrada Familia

Vibrant People Living Out Loud
Whether it’s the performance artists on the street corner, skateboarders in the park, families celebrating with a late-night glass of wine (below our hotel room window), or a newly married couple strolling hand-in-hand on Las Ramblas, people in Barcelona love life.

Performance Artist

Happy Trails,
Terri and James

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28 thoughts on “Lasting Impressions: Barcelona

    • Thanks Emma. Barcelona is a wonderful destination. The Modernista Architecture is wonderful, and it has a hip, cool-city vibe that’s great fun as well. Hopefully, you can make it. ~James

      • We are planning to move to Perth, Scotland in July, and we plan to live near Denia, Spain starting in January, near the Costa Blanca midway between Valencia and Alicante. That puts us within a day’s journey of all the great cities of Spain, each of which has its own wonderful history. After that, who knows? The Bucket List is getting longer, not shorter. 🙂

      • Both places sound wonderful! I had to look at Denia on a map – looks like a fabulous location. You certainly select fascinating destinations. Just curious, how do you go about picking them? ~Terri

      • First, we pick places we have never been that others we have met rave about. Our search criteria takes into account cost of living and location. Then we try to connect with someone living in the area who can scout out a place for us. Since we do not have a car, we look for easy access to public transportation and shopping. We tend to stay away from the big cities as they tend to cost more for similar housing. For example, Perth is centrally located. It has a population of 45,000, and it is within an hour of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness.
        Denia is surrounded by numerous villages and is on the main highway on the Costa Blanca. We can access buses and trains easily while enjoying a quiet lifestyle. Based on our research, we believe the infrastructure of both Scotland and Spain are quite good. And because it is never too soon to begin looking, we are already investigating Croatia, Romania, Czech Republic, Portugal, Kenya, and Thailand. That should keep us going for a few years! 🙂

      • Wow, I love your approach! We have so much in common because we take a similar approach when we’re looking for new places to live. Thanks so much for all the detailed information. And the additional locations you’re investigating look fascinating! All the best, Terri

    • Congratulations on your award Elke – richly deserved! What a fascinating gathering of people you’ve assembled. We are touched and honored to be included in such eminent company. Many thanks. Can’t wait to check out all these enticing blogs.

      Please follow this link to our Awards Page to see our personal response and Thank You.
      Wishing you all the best, Terri & James
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    • Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for linking to our post “Lasting Impressions: Barcelona” – much appreciated! What an incredible life you’re living. Malta is one of my all-time faves. When I lived in Khartoum, Sudan one of my friends was from Malta and she always said, “You must come!” And she was right. Are you based in Valletta? All the best, Terri

  2. I completely agree with you, Barcelona leaves a lasting impression. I´ve only been there once so far but I´m planning a return soon and I can wait. It´s one of those places where ever corner you turn a new surprise awaits you. I just love the buzz around the city, the architecture and the beauty. Great piece! Thanks for checking my blog out and leading me to discover yours!

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