Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi
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December 3rd, 2008 – by: kazmc
The iconic 'La Rambla' is a must see street that I would recommend visiting to soak up the vibe. There's always quirky street performers out to entertain the tourists. If you are looking for souvenirs there are a miriad of stores to chose from so don't be afraid to haggle a little - the competition here is fierce so don't be surprised if the price drops with some friendly bargaining! Make sure you stop into the 'Market of la Boqueria' at Rambla, 85-89 in the evening. I have never seen a market quite like this one before - they get top marks for presentation. It is worth a stroll through just to see the amazing colours and produce on offer - it's a true feast for the eyes (and stomachs if you decide to part with a few euros) and the photos don't do it justice! There are also some great shops not far from La Rambla - I particularly enjoyed meandering through the streets that branch off Placa Sant Josep Oriol.
If you are looking for some live traditional music I would highly recommend going to one of the regular performances by prestigious Spanish guitarist Manuel Gonzalez at 'Església de Santa Maria del Pi' (Church of St. Mary of the Pine). I went one evening and was very impressed - this is some of the best Spanish guitar playing I have heard, and to see him play live is something else! He performs some of the greatest compositions by the likes of Albéniz, Tárrega and Rodrigo. Currently he plays every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night at 9pm and tickets on the night will set you back 18 euros.
For a fun night at the Flamenco we went to 'Tarantos' Placa Reial, 17. I have heard that Barcelona is not the best place to see a flamenco show, but I couldn't really fault this place. It was certainly value for money at around 6 euros for a 30 minute show, and there was definately some electricity in the room between the performers and the crowd. It is also quite an intimate venue that would be unlikely to fit more than a hundred patrons so you are pretty well assured a good view of the stage. Lots of energy and colour. Worth a look if you have some spare time in the evening. I believe the first show in the evening is around 8:30pm.
This was one city where I felt like I had barely scratched the surface after four days - there were many things I missed out on, like the magic fountain of Montjuïc, and the cable car ride over the port.
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