The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) in Barcelona is a perfect place for a walk. The streets are winding and narrow, making it more fun to explore around the next corner. There are tons of boutiques that sell just about anything you can imagine, from gaudy (pun intended) tourist trinkets, to the designer clothes at the upscale boutiques of Passeig de Gracia. You’ll find a large assortment of restaurants and cafes, and in the evening you won’t have any trouble locating a place to have a drink, or go dancing. If your tastes are more art and architecture, the Gothic Quarter will not disappoint. Barcelona’s Cathedral is in the center of the district and should be one of the places that you have on your “must see” list. Many people think that Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s Cathedral, when in fact it was only just consecrated as a church in 2010. Make sure to visit both of these great landmarks. Visiting the Cathedral is free, but the visit to Sagrada Familia will set you back 12 Euros.
Speaking of Gaudi, the Barri Gotic is where you will find many of the most famous buildings that he designed, including Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. I’d suggest making plans to visit the specific places that you absolutely want to see, such as the major tourist attractions, specific boutiques, the museums, and some of the many plazas. Then, when you have had your fill of planning and doing the typical touristy things, take an evening to just meander around the smaller streets and alleyways, like the one in the photo above. I always say that in an interesting place like the Barri Gotic, you can’t get lost. You can only discover new places that you would never have had the chance to see, if you planned your route. To me, this is the best place in Barcelona to explore on foot, so bring a good pair of walking shoes!
Over the last week, my blog has experienced the unpleasantness of being deluged by spam messages in the comment area. Over 2,000 of these spam comments have come in during the last 6 days, and I’m stuck with the task of filtering through them, to make sure that none of the good comments get deleted. I am used to getting spam, all blogs with comment forms get spam, and while it is a pain to deal with, I can handle 50 or so a day. However, now I just can’t afford to spend the time doing this anymore. I’d much rather be doing something like taking photos, writing another blog post, or eating glass shards. I was already using a spam filter (Akismet) that works well to flag the spam posts, but it wasn’t perfect. So the solution, at least the solution for the moment is, that I added one of those dreadful captchas that you have to fill out before posting a comment. Sorry! I’m the first one to hate these things, and I wish there was some other solution. So if anyone out there on the interweb can lead me to a better and more reader friendly solution, I’d be grateful.
I appreciate every single comment that is posted here on my blog, and so I hope that this won’t deter you, my beautiful, intelligent, funny, and discerning readers with awesome taste in blogs and photography (how’s that for boot licking?) from posting comments in the future.
Now pardon me as I go listen to Wagner’s RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES and chant:
Death to Spammers!!
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