Traveling Nancy

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Barcelona

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August 21st
I took the train from Manresa to Barcelona and needed to meet Leonardo, but I had some difficulty finding him. Finally we met, but he had forgotten the helmet for me, so I had to wait for him to go back home to get it. We rode on his scooter to his apartment. This afternoon I wandered around the streets. At the Cathedral a la Barcelona

This is the Cathedral in Barcelona.
I drank from the fountain. It is said that if you drink from the fountain, you will return here.

If you drink from this fountain, you will come back.
It is hard to believe how many tourists are in this city at this time. If I do return, it won’t be in July or August.
While wandering, I came across the oldest synagogue in Spain … and Europe.

This is the oldest Synagogue in Spain.

The XIIX was an ancient way of writing the number 18. That is a symbol that means,”life.” The temple was discovered by a man from Argentina. Only part of the temple has been able to be renovated.

The oldest Synagogue in Europe.
Then I walked on La Rambla, a 1.2 km tree lined pedestrian mall, to the water with hoards of other people. While I was there, they cleared all the people off the bridge to open it for a boat to pass.

They opened the bridge in Barcelona

 

 

The ship was coming under the bridge.
The best part of wandering on the streets were the small plazas. People entertain in the plazas by dancing, singing, and just being silly. This man imitates people walking by him. He is pretending that his banana is a camera taking pictures sometimes he pretended it was a cell phone.

This man is imitating people.
I bought a great pizza to bring home for dinner and visited with Leonardo,; planning how to purchase my train ticket for Sunday to Pamplona and what I am going to do tomorrow.
All in all, it was a great day.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

8 thoughts on “Barcelona

  1. so happy you are getting to explore Barcelona, one of my most favorite city. I love the Ramblas and all those places you mention.

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  2. Thanks for your fabulous reporting, Nancy! I am living vicariously through you right now. BTW: Your haircut is very cute.

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  3. I’m glad to hear about your stays with locals, Nancy. You’re gaining practical insights into local life. Plus, moments of warmth and kindness! Mmmm. I’m hungry for omelettes and herb tea at bedtime 🙂
    XO Sarah

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  4. Barcelona is on my bucket list!

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  5. Nancy, your blog brought back fond memories of Barcelona. I loved that city. However, my friend and I didn’t like Pamplona. It was in 1988, and, I guess because we were Americans, the people we asked for help gave us a run-around. At the time they didn’t have much use for Americans…..can’t really blame them. Many only see the Americans who come there for the running of the bulls, and there is a lot of drunkeness. 

    Carry on, dear lady.

    Joanna

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  6. Nancy, great to see you enjoying Barcelona. Brings back memories of the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions that we held there.
    I hope you get to the Sagrada Familia, the great cathedral designed by Gaudi and under construction since 1893. Walk well.

    Helen

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  7. that is really cool architecture

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  8. I wonder if you’ll ever go back to that fountain? ; )

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