I really outdid myself this year. Barcelona? Check. Venice? Check. Amsterdam? Check. Dubrovnik? Check. I visited three of the most often named destinations suffering from mass tourism.
Oriol and I returned form Catalonia in Spain with Vueling, flying from Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport to Brussels Airport in Zaventem, Belgium.
Oriol made a big effort showing me around in Barcelona. He made sure we tried all kinds of public transport in the metropolis.
In September the Tibidado Funicular wil cease activities as a regular mode of transport in Barcelona. It will close down for necessary security related engineering works and at reopening it will be part of Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo, a theme park on Tibidado (the mountain).
The Tren dels Llacs, literally Lakes’s Train, is a scenic train route in Catalonia in Spain. It’s operated by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGT).
I like trains. That’s no secret. So Oriol took me to Vilanova, south of Barcelona. There’s the Museu del Ferrocarril de Catalunya or Catalonia Railway Museum.
Thursday in Barcelona with Oriol turned out to be a day of amazing views of the city.
Oriol and I started Thursday in Barcelona with a visit of Torre Bellesguard. The medieval villa (torre in Catalan is villa, not ‘tower’) was renovated and redesigned by Antoni Gaudí.
The theme of day two in Barcelona was Catalan modernism. The architecture style made famous by the likes of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet and his Sagrada Família is a trademark of Barcelona and Catalonia in Spain. But Oriol first took me to the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, nowadays known as Sant…
I was in Barcelona, in Spain‘s Catalonia region, for the first time since 2006. This time with Oriol who grew up in the city. On the first night, we walked through the El Born and Barri Gótic neighbourhoods.