|Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonia ("Cataluña") Autonomous Region in Spain, makes a profound impact upon the first-time and many-time visitor. From the twisting, narrow, pedestrian streets of the Gothic Quarter ("Barrio Gótico", "Barri Gòtic") to the elegant gridded streets of Eixample you'll virtually lose yourself in another world, in another time, and - according to many Catalánes - in another country altogether. Barcelona has many "French-like" features as well as few which are similar to the Iberian Spain.|
|Early 19th Century artist Antonio Gaudí's influences are found absolutely everywhere throughout the city. It's inescapable. Gaudí's art is not-so-subtly dabbled over Barcelona from his Sagrada Familia, to his designed buildings in Eixample, to his own virtual theme park in Parc Güell. In Barcelona do they speak Spanish or Catalán? Actually, BOTH! You'll enjoy Barcelona for Barcelona's sake - I assure you!
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Barcelona 3D Video Virtual Tour
The people at Oh-Barcelona.com (Barcelona apartment rentals) contacted me recently to let me know about a 3D Video they had made about Barcelona using Google Earth technology.
And while I don't usually promote such things unless I spontaneously find them on my own - and you all know that to be true, this video was really so impressive and innovative that I wanted to share it.
Barcelona-Real Madrid "El Clásico" 2010/2011 Season
Spanish Division leader Real Madrid faces Barcelona for the first time this season. This classic match up couldn't be more "Clásico"! Barça trails Real Madrid in the division by only one point - but position is not the only thing at stake here; PRIDE rules all, and Madrid hasn't beaten its rival since 2008. This'll be even harder to accomplish in Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium, in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 100,000 screaming and singing fans from both sides; mostly from Barcelona.
So Real Madrid hasn't beaten FC Barcelona since 2008. That's a long time. That's shameful. And that hurts. But under the direction of the new coach, Jose Mourinho, there's new hope along with newer, higher expectations for this matchup. They say this is a new-and-improved Real Madrid team. They say this time they will face-up and conquer Barça, a perennially power. They say a lot of things. The proof is in the play so let's see what happens Monday night at 9pm. The Spanish leader Real Madrid and Barcelona are separated by only one point going into this season?s most important game and both are in great form.