"Barcelona: Europe Old and New." Barcelona by gilescorey
Barcelona Travel Guide: 9,545 reviews and 21,877 photos
So, I finally up and did it. I left Los Angeles.
As a citizen of Ireland, I have the option of living throughout Europe. Missing my family, and working in the wine industry, Spain seemed a natural fit. Got myself a good understanding of Spanish and an affection for a Mediterranean climate. So, Barcelona it is.
And Barcelona it has become for many. The city is now one of the most visited in Europe and the strain of tourism is visible in much of the Old City. Civic leaders are trying to "spread the wealth", so to speak, to maintain quality of life and the flow of Euros at the same time. I have confidence they will succeed.
But, I too love this city. I do. New and Old at the same time. Vespas and Gaudí. Gothic weight and the effervescence of modern Europe.
I don't know about you, but I have an affection for cities that view their history as an afterthought. It suggests full confidence in their legacy - their place in the world. Barcelona is one of those cities. it contains all the energy and freneticism of a modern city on the edge of progress, and the gravitas of old Europe.
Some, here, describe Barcelona as a "small city".
Really? With it´s dense character, wild nightlife, and boisterous street culture, it sure seems a Hell of a lot bigger than LA.
Can walk right outside and hail a cab...Hella.
- Pros:Energetic, Cosmopolitan, Beautiful
- Cons:Tourist Overrun, pickpockets and..skateboarding capital of the world.
- In a nutshell:I'm coming home, Barcelona!
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