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Barcelona cruises to a new cruise record

PHeymont ·
Barcelona, which has expressed some doubts recently about just how much tourism to promote, has scored an all-time record for a weekend's worth of cruise ship visitors, with just under 60,000 arriving.   That includes over 26,000 on Sunday alone...
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Air controllers strike Spain again today

PHeymont ·
Air traffic over Spain will be tangled today as air traffic controllers stage a 12-hour protest strike, the next installment of the long-running battle between Spain's air traffic controllers and Enaire, the public corporation that manages Spain's...
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Lots to do all over Spain this month

PHeymont ·
This is the high part of the vacation season, and many places in Spain are geared up with special events to attract visitors. Events range from culture to music to just plain spectacularly silly, like the annual Tomatina Tomato Fight in Bunol,...
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Barcelona, wary of tourists, has more hidden gems

PHeymont ·
Barcelona, and its new mayor, have recently expressed worries about too many tourists, and about their behavior (see yesterday's NewsLink below), but the crowd is not likely to stop anytime soon.   And if all the famous sights were not enough, a...
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Barcelona's new mayor: Maybe too many people like us!

PHeymont ·
Too many people rambling on Las Ramblas? Barcelona mayor things so.          Photo: Jeffwarder / Wikimedia   Barcelona's new mayor, Ada Colau, an anti-austerity and anti-eviction activist, has floated the idea that maybe...
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5 Things You Must Try While In Barcelona

Kaitlyn Angles ·
It's absolutely easy to fall in love with Barcelona after seeing its incredibly beautiful sun-kissed beaches, unforgettable hospitality, and incomparable culture. Barcelona is the city that attracts all kind of tourists. The city has different kind of wines that one can enjoy on a wet beach while enjoying sunsets and sunrises, they have some lost lanes that cane be explored, and masterpiece paintings that can be seen. In this city, you can find the Roman ruins, some modern homes, extremely...
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A Neighborhood Market in Barcelona

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits and enjoys a small market in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 1, 2014: Moderniste Convent, Barcelona

PHeymont ·
  Now a restaurant, this late 19th-century example of Moderniste style was built as a convent for straying young women of Barcelona's wealthy industrialist class. It's on Tibidado Avenue, in a neighborhood filled with mansions the young women...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 15, 2014: From Girona's Walls

PHeymont ·
  Girona, Spain is an ancient city northeast of Barcelona, with a fascinating medieval core and a walker's treasure: The Passeig de la Muralla. The old city walls are among the most complete and best-preserved in Spain, and have been turned into...
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On the Beach: A sculptural homage to La Barceloneta (Where Gumbo Was #34)

PHeymont ·
The Gumbo gang did a number on this one: the answer came in pieces from Still Country Photo who placed it in Barcelona, Jonathan L who suggested Spain or Catalonia, and from PortMoresby who identified it as the sculpture  Homentage a la...
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Casa Batlló: At Home with Antonio Gaudi

PHeymont ·
Antonio Gaudi is the most famous of the Catalan modernist architects whose work in the late 1800s and early 1900s gave Barcelona a reputation for innovation and a trove of works that, whatever their original use, are significant tourist sites...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 26, 2014: Big City, Small Details

PHeymont ·
Barcelona is noted for its modernist architecture, with works by Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and others giving the city an exuberant image; the buildings are highly decorated and interestingly shaped. Part of our love for Barcelona comes from the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 15, 2013: Grazing in Barcelona's Bouqueria Market

PHeymont ·
 Barcelona’s La Bouqueria Market is one of Europe’s oldest and largest covered markets, with an area larger than a football field covered with stands selling fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and especially seafood in incredible variety....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 7, 2014: Bouqueria Market, Barcelona

PHeymont ·
Customers contemplate the bounty of the sea in Barcelona's  famous Bouqueria Market.   One of Europe's oldest and largest indoor market halls (and one of over 20 in Barcelona), this is a mecca for both wholesale and retail buyers and for the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 17, 2014: Gaudi Bits

PHeymont ·
Nearly everyone is familiar with the iconic towers of Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, seen above in a night view with cranes. So, I thought I'd offer a few clipped views of what you see when you turn your eyes away from the high ground,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 21, 2014: Tapas Bar Delights

PHeymont ·
Ready for opening (in late evening), here's a well-appointed traditional tapas bar in Barcelona, although one with a twist: Irati specializes in Basque flavors. It's self-service at the bar; when you're done, you pay by the number of plates or skewers...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb. 21, 2015: Fitness Reminder

PHeymont ·
This one speaks for itself on the beach at Barcelona...and with tongue in cheek.  
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 7, 2014: Bench or Art?

PHeymont ·
  Barcelona's Moderniste heritage is not limited to the famous and flamboyant buildings of Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and Puig...it spills over into public facilties and street furniture, such as this bench at a bus stop on Via Laietana just...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 15, 2014: Festa Major de Gràcia

PHeymont ·
Every year, several Barcelona neighborhoods have summer festivals, drawing visitors from all over the city, and beyond. Festa Major de Gràcia is the biggest; it's an annual 5-day street party that draws more than 1.5 million each year....
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Marveling at La Sagrada Familia

Karina ·
Being perpetually surrounded by the ordinary things of everyday life made me a bit unprepared for the reaction I had when I experienced my first man-made marvel. Never had I felt in awe of the “genius” behind a calculator, or the...
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Where in the World was Gumbo #51 - Park Guell Barcelona

Jonathan L ·
Congratulations to PortMoresby for recognizing that this market place is in Park Guell in Barcelona. The park was designed by the famous Catalan architect   Antoni Gaudi. He is best known for designing in the Modernisme style. One identifying...
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Spain Index

PHeymont ·
BLOGS Sept. 5, 2013     PHeymont      Barcelona's "Other Architect" Feb. 18, 2014     PHeymont     The Alcazar of Jerez: A Window into History Feb. 20, 2014     PHeymont      Six...
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Spain worries about too many tourists and not enough

PHeymont ·
Spain worries about being swamped in tourism as other countries lose business, and also worries that the visitors are not spending enough.
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Nov. 19, 2016: Lionfish, Barcelona Science Museum

PHeymont ·
PHeymont finds the lionfish intriguing: its bright colors are quite visible here, but not against corals...and even its shape is hard to define.
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Catalonia crowds call for secession, despite splits

PHeymont ·
As Catalonia's secession movement continues to grow, discord among secessionist parties may be a roadblock.
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Norwegian and WOW add routes, sale fares

PHeymont ·
Two low-cost carriers, Norwegian and WOW, are opening new U.S.-to-Europe routes for next summer, at discount prices...and fees.
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Barcelona gets serious about 'over-tourism'

PHeymont ·
Barcelona is enforcing rules on holiday rentals with fines on offending agencies. It's also banning Segways and groups in crowded spaces.
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Chocolate Capitals of Europe You Should Visit

ChloeM ·
A few years ago, I got a chance to stay in Europe for 6 months. During that time, I managed to visit all the cities titled as the "capitals" of chocolate. Have you ever been in any of these? Do share your thoughts. (Belgium remains my favourite because Switzerland is expensive as hell). So, anyway, here's a list of my favourites: Brussels, Belgium It's basically a chocolate paradise. Belgium has more than 10 factories of chocolate and around 16 chocolate museums. With Brussels being the...
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Sagrada Familia School (Escoles de la Sagrada Família), Where Gumbo was #183

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting Sagrada Familia Schoolhouse. Built more than a century ago to educate the children of the construction workers who were building Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, it is a excellent example of simple yet beautiful design that was the hallmark of much of the Modernisme architectural movement.
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January 9, 2017: Cafe Granja Viader, Barcelona

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares a lunch-time visit to a grand old cafe in Barcelona.
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Barcelona gets a beach for dogs

PHeymont ·
Barcelona has set aside a section of beach with full dog amenities as a pilot project.
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La Boqueria Market. 2) Produce

DrFumblefinger ·
We continue our visit to the fabulous La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, this week looking at some of it's tempting fruits and vegetables.
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La Boqueria Market. 3) Meats and Seafood

DrFumblefinger ·
Our final visit to Barcelona's fabulous La Boqueria market focuses on the meats and seafood so popular with Spaniards.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 22, 2013: Fantastic Skylight in Barcelona

PHeymont ·
http://www.travelgumbo.com/blog/architecture  The fantastic skylight of Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a highlight of a building full of highlights. Built at the turn of the 20th century by...
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Paris-Barcelona Now Linked by High-Speed Train

PHeymont ·
Paris to Barcelona has been a difficult trip by train, requiring at least one change and some slow trains. Now, the two cities have been linked by a direct French TGV train that makes the trip in 6h25m, challenging the airlines, when you count out the...
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Barcelona-Vienna-Beijing Route Coming Soon

PHeymont ·
Air China is launching a new long-distance route from Barcelona to Beijing, with one stop in Vienna, hoping to catch the two big waves of Chinese tourists heading for Europe and Europeans visiting China. Details  HERE
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Bari reclaiming seafront for people, not cars

PHeymont ·
Bari is about to transform its waterfront to open it to pedestrians and cyclists and reduce motor traffic. Copenhagen and Barcelona are its models.
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'Uncomfortable memory' tour faces Barcelona slave history

PHeymont ·
Barcelona, and other cities, confront the 'uncomfortable memory' of slave-built fortunes that paid for many of their famous sights.
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Barcelona's bookstores re-invent to survive

PHeymont ·
Fighting to stay alive, Barcelona's bookstores find new ways to draw customers in, including food, meeting space and tournaments.
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Catalunya: What to Know Before You Go

oliviardiamond ·
Despite eras of repression, the Catalan language and a strong feeling toward independence persist in Catalonia and its capital, Barcelona.
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Stormtroopers (and Wookies and Jedis) invade Barcelona

PHeymont ·
  Barcelona loves parades and the world seems to love Star Wars−especially this year, with a new movie opening just before Christmas. Put that all together, and you've got Barcelona's annual Star Wars parade, bigger than ever.   This...
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Ticket Desk Helpers

PHeymont ·
Two familiar faces, Einstein and Darwin, sit in at Barcelona's science museum.
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Is Spain becoming a Drone Zone?

PHeymont ·
Spain's local governments are finding innovative uses for small drones, but Madrid's new city government cancelled its order.
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Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona

DrFumblefinger ·
Not as touristed or busy as the La Boqueria market, Santa Caterina is a great place to watch Spanish people go about their shopping and eating.
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June in Spain: Festivals all over

PHeymont ·
Spain has a bit of something for every taste in June, including a huge book fair, a Bosch anniversary, and fire-walkers. More inside...
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Building Big: huge arena projects for Barcelona and Verona

PHeymont ·
A new stadium for FC Barcelona, built around the existing field, and a competition for design of a removable retractable roof for Verona's ancient arena.
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Barcelona declares itself 'veggie friendly'

PHeymont ·
Barcelona's signed up to be a veggie-friendly city, and to promote Meat Free Mondays, but the famous jamón and other meats won't disappear.
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Where they're going: NY, Paris top Airbnb New Year list

PHeymont ·
The recent terror attacks in Paris apparently haven't put off its lure for visitors; Airbnb reports it's the top New Year holiday booking in Europe, and second only to New York world-wide. The vacation rental company says it has 45,000 people booked in Paris for the holiday, and 47,000 in New York. The rest of the top 5 are London with 35,000, Sydney with 25,000 and Barcelona with 24,000. The figures indicate a quick and solid comeback for Paris's tourism industry; immediately after the...
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Barcelona Shoebox: the rest of the story

PHeymont ·
Beyond the most famous sights and names, Barcelona has a lot more to see and visit. Have a look!
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Palau Güell, Barcelona (Where Gumbo was #170)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting on of Gaudi's first home projects, Palau Güell, in Barcelona. See the fine architectural details of this interesting home.
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