Spain 2016: Barcelona—Beyond Gaudi

Gaudi’s creations are definitely all the rage, but the city’s other architecture doesn’t lack for beauty and intricacy either. And then there’s the unique design of its city blocks, the work of visionary urban planner Ildefons Cerdà, who created the octagonal blocks, which he considered ideal for traffic flow, as well as sunlight and ventilation.

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Spain 2016: Barcelona—Gaudi with a side of Flamenco

Gaudi’s architectural creations are an awe-inspiring mix of technical skill and artistic flair. I was beyond delighted to share my visit to Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà with my husband and my parents. Our senses got overwhelmed quickly—but in a good way!

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Spain 2016: Barcelona—A Walk Around Town

Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its rich art and architecture, as well as for its beaches on the Balearic Sea. And of course, the ingenious creations of Antoni Gaudi never fail to impress (think La Sagrada Família church, La Pedrera, and Casa Batllo). In between marveling at architectural eye candy, one should also get a taste of the city’s traditional food with a side of flamenco.

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Spain 2016: Toledo

Whenever I hear “Toledo,” I think of the world-renown swords whose superior strength and craftmanship ensured many victories in the hands of medieval warriors. The Toledo we visited was a peaceful town with plenty of old-world charm, a citadel city perched on the hill overlooking Tagus river, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula.

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