Globe Trotter: Richard in Barcelona, or Just About...

As most people can testify there are always things that can go wrong when you are travelling. However, I had never had a rush against time to make a flight due to a forgotten passport. In true ‘home alone’ style we ended up running through the terminal to get to our gate that was about to close. However, we made it in the end.

The hotel for the weekend was La Meridien, a fantastic luxury hotel based right in the centre of Barcelona on Les Ramblas. The beautiful tree-lined street is teeming with tourists and is a Catalonian equivalent to Covent Garden in London. Everywhere you look there are human statues, artists and stalls selling everything from Newspapers to Terrapin turtles.

Barcelona as a city is incredibly beautiful. The historic buildings lining the port provide an insight into just how important this coastal city has been throughout the ages.

It was also interesting to see the impact of the 1992 Olympic Games on the city. Puerto Olympico is one of the many lasting legacies from the games. Today the area really comes alive at night with many restaurants and cafes overlooking the hundreds of yachts and boats docked nearby.

The area is also one of the most popular for those wanting to experience a Catalonian night out. The clubs don’t really get going until 3am so if you are going out make sure you’re prepared for a late one…or an early start depending on how you look at it!

Another big influence on Barcelona is the work of Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly one of the most impressive pieces of architecture that I have ever seen. The church is a constant work in progress but the cranes that surround the building do nothing to take away from the sheer beauty and complexity of the design. Truly stunning - a definite must see for anyone visiting the city.

Tomorrow is a trip to see another amazing piece of architecture, this time it is the magic of players like Lionel Messi and Xavi that is being praised at the world famous F.C. Barcelona stadium – The Nou Camp.