Barcelona

To celebrate our friend Alex’s 30th birthday, half-a-plane-load of us went to Barcelona.

Ok, it was more like a dozen of us, but that’s still a testament to 1) Alex’s popularity and 2) Barcelona’s popularity. This seaside city is full of great architecture, beautiful views, and endless tapas bars, making it a world-class destination for merry-making.

But Barcelona doesn’t need any endorsements. In fact, the residents of Barcelona probably want people like me to stop raving about how amazing their city is. Barcelona is attempting to tamp down its tourist arrivals. Approximately 32 million visitors came to Barcelona last year, which is home to a mere 1.6 million. Continue reading

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My Five Favourite Cities in Europe

I have been mentally working on this blog post for almost four years. Having been to more than 20 major tourist cities in Europe, I still don’t feel fully equipped to pass judgement on this topic. But, it’s about time I put my thoughts on paper. Well… on the Internet (And thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I can always edit this list if I change my mind a year from now).

A  lot of people often ask me, “What’s your favourite city in Europe?” and I am always stumped for an instant response. Copenhagen has the best cafes, Berlin has the best street art, Rome has the best food, and Paris has the best shopping. Ranking them in any particular order is definitely a tough job, but it’s a challenge that I am up for.

So, after years of deliberation, here are my five favourite cities in Europe:

5. Venice

I’ve probably already lost credibility for those people who think that Venezia stinks of dirty water and tourist traps. Regardless of the colour of the water and whether I can swim in it, I am an aqua aficionado. I am also huge admirer of urban planning. This entire city is built on 117 small islands in a marshy lagoon! How cool is that? There is something charming about the fact that people in Venice give you directions that sound something like: “Walk this way until you pass three bridges and then make a left under the fourth bridge and then right at the next small bridge.”

VENICE

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Gaudi’s Barcelona

My favourite day in Spain was the one dedicated to exploring Antoni Gaudi’s magnificent architecture. Even though I am posting some, pictures don’t do justice to how interesting his architectural gems are, and I am not a good enough writer to take a stab at describing them.

So, I recommend you head over to Barcelona and check out his work for yourself. If you need some guidance on what to see, well then you are in the right place.

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