Barcelona

Barcelona is undoubtedly one of my favorite cities in the world and I was beyond thrilled to be able to return this year (more about that here and here).  Since we had only 3 days, much of it was spent on food, Gaudi, more food, shopping (hello, new pair of espadrilles I'd fly back for) and walking.

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They say Barcelona is a city about reinvention; constantly rebranding- respect for the old but embracing the new.  It's apparent walking around, everything from the architecture, to food and fashion.  

The city itself is super clean and tourist friendly.  Compared to, let's say Rome, it's also easy to navigate.   

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It's interesting because La Rambla is KNOWN as the pickpocket epicenter of the world...and it's kinda true.  When I was there a couple of years ago, I witnessed several incidents, including a guy I was walking with attempting to get padded down.  I luckily had my NYC living paranoia with me at all times so I remained unscathed, but since I was a traveling solo, I would walk down La Rambla alone at night.  Now it seems like the mugging problem has gotten waaayyyy worse, especially at night. 

Those who have been are probably familiar with the guys who come out to sell cocaine, I mean beer.  Well one point when we were returning to our hotel (near the top of La Rambla where it used to be much safer), about 6 of them all of the sudden started to surround us.  Being the saavy women we are, we all immediately broke apart and just bolted in another direction... After that first night, I wouldn't let my mom, sister and I walk it at dark at all this trip.  

Way too sketchy.  I really hope they do something about it.

  

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We saw a ton of Gaudi... 

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La Sagrada was especially fun for me to visit again since there were noticeable changes.  I can't wait to go back.

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And a few cell shots...