Barcelona Spain’s Restaurants and Hotel

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Barcelona Restaurants OK, let’s get down to food in Barcelona—one of our favorite topic. One of our dinners was devoted to a cooking class (we booked with Barcelona Cooks) where we prepared a meal of traditional Catalan dishes: gazpacho (OK, but Joyce dislikes all gazpachos so it may have been great for all she knew), [Read more …]

Barcelona Spain’s Museums

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In addition to exploring the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, we visited two museums: The Fundacio Joan Miro (which is in Barcelona) and the Dali Theater-Museum, (which is in Figueres, about an hour train ride away). Miro Museum Fondacio Joan Miro provides a brief retrospective of the career of artist Joan Miro, tracing his [Read more …]

Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi

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Antoni Gaudi Museum If we were in Barcelona, we had to explore the works of Antoni Gaudi. The city of Barcelona is, in some ways, a living museum to an architect who died unknown—mistaken as a homeless beggar—in 1926. The city, and every tourist to it, seems to have a severe, chronically fun case of [Read more …]

Exploring the Neighborhoods of Barcelona Spain

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We loved Barcelona on our first trip. We loved it even more the second time. But despite all this love, our blogs on it will be unusually brief. And we blame it all on Barcelona. There is so much to do, and dinners are so late, that our daily schedules kept us out from 7:00 [Read more …]

Rioja Spain

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We love Rioja wines but never visited the area. But since we were so close to it, we decided to take a day trip from Bilboa Spain into the town of Haro, the center of the Alta Rioja region, whose higher elevation and a climate coolor than the more inland Rioja Baja (from a combination [Read more …]

The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

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Our visit to Bilbao Spain focused primarily on Museo Bilbao Guggenheim—for the famous Geary building itself, as well as for its art.   Although building is as striking as it appeared in the pictures we have seen, it is much larger and multi-faceted than we anticipated. It is fun just walking around and through the [Read more …]

Bilbao Spain: The Traditional and the Modern

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From San Sebastian, Spain we took a bus to Bilbao. This is an industrial and port town that, although it does have a small, historic, medieval Old Town, has never really made it into many tourist itineraries until it retained architect Frank Geary to design a new branch of the Guggenheim museum. We visited the [Read more …]

San Sebastian, Spain

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The next country on our trip was Spain. And our first city in Spain was San Sebastian. Our last trip to Spain was in the pre-historic era…1980s. Frankly, we didn’t remember a lot from that trip and our photos (35 MM slides) have somehow disappeared. So it was time for another trip to see what [Read more …]