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Barcelona

Barcelona is an amazing city, especially in December.  The city comes alive with festive lights and holiday decorations that give it an enchanting vibe.

The central street in the tourist area, La Rambla, is a bustling , tree lined mall that never seems to stop.  La Rambla stretches from Plaça de Catalunya to Port Vell, where a monument to Christopher Columbus stands tall.

The monument is quite nice but the most interesting feature, at least to me, was the marijuana leaves that adorned it’s mid section.

One of the must-see places in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia, this place is very cool with a history that spans over one hundred years.  The work on this fascinating place continues to this day which is apparent from the cranes still visible in the shot below.

This architecture on this building is both old and new.  The reliefs on the outside portray scenes from the bible that are simply amazing.

This inside has so much to look at that it is impossible to recognize all of the things in front of you without a guide.  The stain glass windows are amazing with intentional placement that signify the birth and death of Jesus Christ.

If you get a chance, take the trip up to Montserrat to visit the Black Madonna…the trip is totally worth it!!

You may have heard that soccer was big in Spain, well that is an understatement because it is huge in Barcelona.  The stadium there is called Camp Nou and they literally pack this place several times a week during the season to watch the home team play.  Tickets aren’t cheap but if you can squeeze a game in, do it!

The food was not as amazing as I hoped it would be, but that may be a negative side effect of eating super salty food in the US.  The market place was colorful and interesting at least to look at and take pictures.

The hot chocolate was different, it was very thick but very delicious.  The coffee way amazing, I had multiple cups of cafe con leche and you should too, trust me.

Overall, the city was a very nice and safe place to walk around even at night.  I will definitely try to visit again and who knows, maybe the food will be better if I go with lower expectations.