There was a time when you could let an entire lazy afternoon slip away watching Parisians parade past your laminated wicker café chair. Or chat up a few Londoners from a wood bench in Soho Square.
Like New York or Los Angeles, those capitals have become so prohibitively expensive and congested try to truly relax and you’ll soon feel like the telecommuter caught in his favorite threadbare college tee.
A handful of Europe’s formerly baby sister cities have grown up. You can now find in places like Milan, Barcelona and Glasgow many of the treasures of the major capitals (albeit on a smaller scale) combined with the pleasures of a slower pace and more affordable prices.
Barcelona’s pleasant winter weather (the coldest it gets is usually around 48 degrees), concentration of creative residents (design and architecture get high priority here) and plenty of free open areas mean there is enough to do to keep you busy for days or plenty of space to relax at a snail’s pace for hours or days at a time.
There are many reasons to love Barcelona, as the posts here show. Despite all its wooing, our romance never caught fire due largely to the food. As a vegetarian and foodie, I travel on my stomach. And I just didn’t like the food in Barcelona.
Click here to see all the posts about Barcelona.
Begin here by watching this video to get a feel for what its like to walk the streets of the city.
Instrumental Ken Burns style slideshow of architectural highlights of Barcelona.
- Once you are in Barcelona, this is a reasonably priced audio tour of Barcelona.
- This is a nice basic calendar of events happening in Barcelona.