Beautiful BARCELONA - Easy Travel Guide

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Beautiful city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia (a Spain's province), is situated on onrepparttar shore ofrepparttar 147165 Mediterranean sea and bordered at either end by 2 river deltas. Barcelona isrepparttar 147166 second largest city in Spain after its capital city Madrid. Barcelona has a population of 1.5 million, over 4 million including suburbs. The varied, eventful history ofrepparttar 147167 city dates back 4,000 years torepparttar 147168 first settlements by ancient farmers. Later it became a Roman colony,repparttar 147169 Visigoth's capital city, then it came under Moorish rule. It went through sieges, destructions and occupations, finally to become an autonomous democracy 1975. The city has always played an important role in political and cultural life of Spain and it is well reflected inrepparttar 147170 variety and quality of historical buildings, museums, many other tourist attractions. Today Barcelona is one ofrepparttar 147171 most diverse european cities with unique culture and rich traditions. You can find here a formidable balance ofrepparttar 147172 traditional things andrepparttar 147173 avant-garde. A cosmopolitan metropolis, Barcelona affords visitors a warm and sincere welcome, being aknowledged worldwide as one ofrepparttar 147174 best tourist-friendly cities in Europe.Barcelona's organisation ofrepparttar 147175 1992 Olympics provided regeneration of this dynamic city, gave a fresh start to its infrastructure development. WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE: POINTS OF INTEREST - La Rambla is a tree-lined pedestrian boulevard packed with buskers, living statues, mimes and itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. Pavement cafes and stands selling craftwork, street performers surrounded by curious onlookers, a noisy bird market, Palau de la Virreina, a grand 18th-century rococo mansion,repparttar 147176 Gran Teatre del Liceu,repparttar 147177 famous 19th-century opera house- these are all colourful parts of La Rambla's mosaic. La Rambla ends atrepparttar 147178 lofty Monument a Colom (Monument to Columbus) andrepparttar 147179 harbour. Barri Gotic - also known as Gothic Quarter, it isrepparttar 147180 old part ofrepparttar 147181 city. Picasso lived and worked in Barri Gotic from 1895 to 1904 and Joan Miro was born and lived here during his youth. Gothic Quarter is situated onrepparttar 147182 right hand side ofrepparttar 147183 La Rambla, it contains a concentration of medieval tall Gothic buildings (14-15th century) on narrow cobbled streets and now is home to much ofrepparttar 147184 city's nightlife. La Sagrada Familia - La Sagrada Familia is one ofrepparttar 147185 most famous and magnificent among Barcelona's landmarks. The life's work of Barcelona's famous architect, Antoni Gaudi,repparttar 147186 magnificent spires ofrepparttar 147187 unfinished cathedral imprint themselves boldly againstrepparttar 147188 sky with swelling outlines inspired byrepparttar 147189 holy mountain Montserrat. Above each facade there are four towers, 12 in total, which are dedicated torepparttar 147190 Apostles. The tower inrepparttar 147191 center,repparttar 147192 tallest of all at 170 m., is dedicated to Jesus Christ. Around these there arerepparttar 147193 towers ofrepparttar 147194 four Evangelists, andrepparttar 147195 tower overrepparttar 147196 apse is dedicated torepparttar 147197 Virgin. They are encrusted with a tangle of sculptures that seem to breathe life intorepparttar 147198 stone. Gaudi died in 1926 before his masterwork was completed, and since then, controversy has continually doggedrepparttar 147199 building program. Nevertheless,repparttar 147200 southwestern (Passion) facade, is almost done, andrepparttar 147201 nave, begun in 1978, is progressing. La Pedrera - Casa Mila (Mila House) is an apartment building,repparttar 147202 last example of Gaudi's civil architecture.It is one of his finest and most ambitious creations, extraordinarily innovative in its functional, constructive, and ornamental aspects. Visitors can tourrepparttar 147203 building and go up torepparttar 147204 roof, where they can see spectacular views of Barcelona. One floor belowrepparttar 147205 roof is a modest museum dedicated to Gaudi's work. Montjuic -repparttar 147206 largest open space inrepparttar 147207 city, its main attractions arerepparttar 147208 Olympic installations,repparttar 147209 Spanish Village andrepparttar 147210 hilltop fortress. Montjuic,repparttar 147211 hill overlookingrepparttar 147212 city centre fromrepparttar 147213 southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks andrepparttar 147214 main group of 1992 Olympic sites. Montjuic is covered in ornamental gardens with water features and isrepparttar 147215 most popular destination in Barcelona on Sundays. Tibidabo - isrepparttar 147216 highest hill inrepparttar 147217 wooded range that formsrepparttar 147218 backdrop to Barcelona. It has amazing views ofrepparttar 147219 whole of Barcelona, a stunning cathedral, and a family fun park Parc d'Atraccions with old-style rides offering breathtaking views. A glass lift atrepparttar 147220 park goes 115m (383 ft) up to a visitors' observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower. Modernisme - spectacular modernista architectural creations dotted aroundrepparttar 147221 city by famous Antoni Gaudi and his contemporaries. Camp Nou - home of F.C. Barcelona, one of Europe's leading soccer teams, with capacity of almost 100,000 spectators. The Seu Cathedral - Built in medieval times onrepparttar 147222 site of a Roman temple, La Seu is one ofrepparttar 147223 great Gothic buildings in Spain. Parc de la Ciutadella - Barcelona's favourite park and a Sunday afternoon rendezvous for families, friends and ducks The Sardana - traditional Catalan dance, performed outsiderepparttar 147224 cathedral and at national festivals, with everyone encouraged to join in.

MUSEUMS - The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art -the only museum in Europe devoted exclusively to Pre-Columbian cultures. Housed in a gothic palace, its collection is one ofrepparttar 147225 finest of its kind and gives visitors an insight intorepparttar 147226 rich world ofrepparttar 147227 earliest cultures onrepparttar 147228 American continent. This tiny museum contains one hundred pieces, including wood and stone sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, jade, often found in international exhibitions and prestige publications. The exhibits representedrepparttar 147229 Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochica and Inca civilisations. Palau de la Musica Catalana - one ofrepparttar 147230 world's most extraordinary music halls, it is a Barcelona landmark. From its polychrome ceramic ticket windows onrepparttar 147231 Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt side to its overhead busts of Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner,repparttar 147232 Palau isrepparttar 147233 flagship of Barcelona's Moderniste architecture. Museu Picasso - is Barcelona's most visited museum. 3,500 exhibits make uprepparttar 147234 permanent collection. Picasso spent several years (1901-06) in Barcelona, and this collection, is particularly strong on his early work. Displays include childhood sketches, pictures fromrepparttar 147235 beautiful Rose and Blue periods, andrepparttar 147236 famous 1950s Cubist variations on Velazquez's Las Meninas (Ladies-in-Waiting). Gaudi Casa-Museu - Gaudi lived in this pink, Alice-in-Wonderland house from 1906 to 1926, which now houses a museum of Gaudi-designed furniture, decorations, drawings, and portraits and busts ofrepparttar 147237 architect. Fundacio Miro - it was a gift fromrepparttar 147238 famous artist Joan Miro to his native city. The museum opened in 1975, and now it is one of Barcelona's most exciting showcases of contemporary art.

SanAntonio is for Everyone!

Written by Lisa

When I take a family vacation I want a little bit of everything – some fun, some thrills, some culture, some good food, a learning experience. San Antonio has it all! If this will be your first San Antonio vacation, you almost definitely need to plan it downtown. The downtown area isrepparttar key part of San Antonio's tourist draw, with excitement throughrepparttar 147071 day and well intorepparttar 147072 night. A walk along San Antonio's famous Paseo del Rio is enough to send any tourist into a state of relaxation. This river walk winds through some ofrepparttar 147073 downtown's most exciting areas.

The Alamo It’srepparttar 147074 home ofrepparttar 147075 Alamo … and so much more. One ofrepparttar 147076 most interesting things to know is that The Alamo is inrepparttar 147077 middle of downtown San Antonio. The 18th-century mission church where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and 188 others waged their last stand againstrepparttar 147078 Mexican army for Texas independence has become a state symbol. The most famous historical site in Texas,repparttar 147079 mission has been restored to its original condition and offers tours, relics ofrepparttar 147080 past, and a gift shop with memorabilia for history enthusiasts. Before you tourrepparttar 147081 Alamo, take inrepparttar 147082 IMAX movie, “The Price of Freedom” it is a 45-minute docudrama aboutrepparttar 147083 13-day siege and fall ofrepparttar 147084 Alamo. Watchrepparttar 147085 battle unfold, where 189 defenders who fought and died forrepparttar 147086 cause of Texas liberty. The immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system placesrepparttar 147087 viewer inrepparttar 147088 middle ofrepparttar 147089 action. It will tellrepparttar 147090 tale to your children, and stir your soul. After you’ve seenrepparttar 147091 Alamo and visitedrepparttar 147092 souvenir shop (pick up some bluebonnet seeds) check outrepparttar 147093 Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum andrepparttar 147094 Plaza Wax Museum. Then take a horse-drawn carriage ride.

River Walk San Antonio’s River Walk is just downrepparttar 147095 way fromrepparttar 147096 Alamo. You descend, via stairs, to find yourself in another world – 3 beautiful miles of shops, restaurants, clubs and artists. Alongrepparttar 147097 horseshoe shaped riverbend,repparttar 147098 river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. Take a boat ride and getrepparttar 147099 historical tour ofrepparttar 147100 City as you look up atrepparttar 147101 buildings you pass. Come at Christmas time and it’s all lit with Christmas-tree lights. So relaxing and beautiful and very romantic.

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