In the Catalonia Region of Spain: Barcelona, Part 2

Barcelona is very unique and distinct in its culture, history and architect. Another popular attraction is the Gaudi House Museum. The museum was designed by Francesc Berenguer I. Mestres and was sold to Antoni Gaudi for his own residence as he resided there form 1906-1925. It became a museum on September 28, 1963. Another fascinating building is the Casa Batllo. Also known as the House of Bones, this building is very surreal and appears dream-like. It was one of Antoni Gaudi’s houses in which he also designed. This Museum looks marvelous as it reminds me a life-sized gingerbread house. I saw the museum from the Güell Park and it looks very surreal.

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The view from Güell Park in Barcelona; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

After viewing the Casa Batllo, I accidentally found myself at Las Ramblas. Las Ramblas is a long pathway in the middle of Barcelona that serves as a major tourist hub. You can find people street busking (performers of all types), shops, restaurants, souvenir vendors, barbers, and so much more.  Exploring the city of Barcelona was very simple. The Metro subway takes you all around the city. It was not as elaborate as the subway system in Madrid but you could still visit all the attractions by using the subway.

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Subway in Barcelona; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Barcelona has very amazing architecture everywhere you look. Later, I found myself in the Gracia area. This district is the second most densely populated and the most cosmopolitan area in Barcelona. A real tranquil spot to hang out was the Plaza Trilla. I spent  an hour there just catching the amazing view of Barcelona while practicing my Catalan.

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Gracia District of Barcelona; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Barcelona, Spain is a must-see for art enthusiasts and cultural travelers!

Exploring Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain is one of the largest populated cities in Spain with many immigrants, tourists, and Spaniards flocking towards this metropolitan area. One of the first things that I noticed about Madrid is its efficient subway, variety of museums, and entertainment all packed into this urban-city. I felt like I was in New York City in Europe. Even the subways were advanced and allowed me to explore the entire city without a car. The subway was even called Metro following the likes of cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Panama City, and Miami.

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Photo Courtesy of Madrid Metro.

It was crazy how modern this city is compared to other cities in Spain. It is definitely an international hub as people from all over the world reside here. I found myself on the main street, Gran Via. Also known as Spanish Broadway, this street is one of the most popular streets with nightlife in all of Europe (this street is a big deal!). Gran via has museums, shopping centers, art murals, and beautiful architect. I found my way to the Prado National Museum. There was so many beautiful paintings from artists from all over the world. My favorite paintings were those of Pablo Picasso as the museum has one of the largest Picasso collections.

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An evening on Gran Via in Madrid; photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

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Entrance to the Prado national Museum; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

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A Mural on Gran Via; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

While in Madrid, I made it my priority to see a bull fight. It was so entertaining and people celebrated like it was a Real Madrid football match (sorry FC Barcelona Football fans). I ordered a beer and found myself participating in the wave and signing Spanish chants. This was not your typical bull fight but an acrobatic bull fight. By the end of the match, the bull was not harmed at all. I highly recommend going to see a bull fight in Madrid to experience true Spanish culture among the locals.

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Bull Fighting Stadium in Madrid; Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

The architect in Madrid is astonishing. Almost every other building in Madrid has beautiful architect. One of the most beautiful building in Madrid is the Royal Palace of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family that is used only for ceremonies. This palace was so big that it takes up several blocks. I felt so special just being there.

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The Fountain of Cibeles at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

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Congress of Deputies in Madrid; Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Take a trip to the marvelous city of Madrid today!