Barcelona, Spain is a magnificent city full of a mix of culture from the Catalan and Spanish backgrounds to a number of groups of people who have come to live here from all over the globe. Sometimes taking photographs while strolling solo is a bit more than the famous landmarks we have all heard of such as the Sagrada Familia, and others.
Actually walking the streets of the city just to see the everyday life is just as interesting as tourist destinations. In the photo opening this piece, I was leaving the Sagrada Familia, just as enthralled as everyone else and I randomly decided to walk toward the sea, about a mile and a half down a street or “carrer” in local Catalan language, called “Carrer de la Marina”.
Passing through the Fort Pienc Neighborhood I came to an over pass and looked back in a north west direction, upon the road I have traveled. Row after row of apartment buildings with homes crawling up the hills in the distance and the towers of the grand Sacred Family to the left. Seeing the view, my eyes absorbed the city as more than the individual attractions, but as a city of real everyday life. I stood in the center of the street, luckily at a moment when cars were not in the center lane but only bikes.
Strolling through a city on a random street gives you a feel for how things are away from the big crowds. You see the occasional tourists but there is so much to absorb. Local faces and businesses and just people going about their day. No one trying to sell you and relaxation so easy. It leaves you with more of a feeling for the real sides of the city.
Eventually the street..”Carrer de la Marina”, takes you to the shore. You now feel a million miles away from the streets. The Beauty of Barcelona.
Thanks for taking a quick walk with me. Hopefully you will see Barcelona for yourself. Click on the Momondo box on this page and look for a ticket! You will be happy you did!
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