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One Heck of a Summer: Globe Trotter Does Barcelona

I love Barcelona - I've had so many good trips there that I could not help but feel a little green eyed when I read this fabulous story from our Birmingham globe trotter Paul. His story starts here... Like Birmingham, Barcelona is a 'second city' but it feels more like a capital. It has everything you could wish for and more - art, sport, culture, entertainment, shopping, architecture, the gothic 'old town', great food, sun, sea, sand and sangria. It would be difficult to cram everything on offer into just a weekend so it is fortunate that Toni and I have been to this city before (celebrating our silver wedding anniversary). Our hotel, was the 4* Atenea Aparthotel in the Les Corts area. The location was out of the absolute centre, where it can get a bit noisy, and not far from Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona. However, we liked the fact that it was just a block from a metro station on the busy green line which meant that we could be whisked in air-conditioned carriages to the heart of the city in no time. La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona and is a strange mixture of restaurants, souvenir shops, flower stalls, pet shops, artists and street entertainers. When abroad we tend to accumulate loose change so it is good to donate a few coins to the human statues and buskers that are plentiful here. Read the rest of the story and keep up to date with our globe trotter here.