City of the week: Barcelona, SPAIN
I have definitely been bitten by the travel bug this week. I can't seem to get my mind off of visiting Spain once more. I have spent way too much time looking at plane tickets, orchestrating imaginary itineraries and coordinating what restaurants to visit.
Early summer in Spain is perfect, the weather is not yet sizzling and you can still find a good park that hasn't been overcome with oddly dressed tourists.
Barcelona is one of my favorite Spanish cities, offering its own culture and unique flare. Las Ramblas is an all too familiar tourist trap in famous downtown Barcelona, but only a short walk through an obscure street or two and you can find what seems unchartered territory.
The district of El Borne (La Ribera), a small but fashionable village, has been building it's foot traffic for the last few years. It's streets are lined by quaint stylish boutiques, traditional Spanish pubs, and open sunny squares. A moments from the grand harbor, its no wonder why El Borne is the local's favorite neighborhood.
Boasting the home of violin makers, designers, and glass makers there is no wonder as to why. The highly celebrated Picasso Museum, is located inside this charming village and if you're looking for a good spot to find a hearty meal and some strategic people watching, CAFE de la Princesa 23 (www.cafeprincesa.com) is your home sweet home. El Borne is also known for its attractive nightlife and romantic appeal. Cobblestone streets and dimly lit restaurants add a pinch of mystery, letting you breath in old Barcelona and its charm.
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