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A Guide To Barcelona For Families

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Columbus Column {image by Worakit Sirijinda/freedigitalphotos.net}

The city of Barcelona is filled with cultural attractions. Located in the northeastern region of Catalonia in Spain, the seaside city is suited for backpackers, families and visitors on a city break. There are many national and international flights at comfortable times to the city’s El Prat airport, and there is a high speed rail service that connects Barcelona to Madrid.

Enjoy an afternoon in a park

There are many parks and large spaces where families will be able to spend an afternoon. The centric Ciutadella park is more than just a park. There are several museums located on the parks grounds, including the Martorell Museum and the Laboratory of Nature, which houses many exhibits from the Natural History Museum’s collections. Another one of the park’s main attractions is the lake located in the center of the park. Families will be able to rent boats and row around the lake. After a walk around the park families can visit the zoo, which is located in the park.

Another famous park is Parc Güell. This park, located slightly farther away from the city center, was designed by Gaudí. Gaudí’s colourful designs and wavy shapes can be seen around the park, from the cavernous porch held up by thin bony columns to the tiled observation deck decorated with a mosaic bench that has views towards the city and the sea.

Walk around the city

Barcelona is a city that can be explored on foot, and places farther away from the city center can be reached by public transit. Las Ramblas is a set of connected boulevards that were built on the site of an ancient stream that used to flow around the city. The Rambla de Canaletes is one of the main streets, where visitors will find an historical fountain. Las Ramblas cover the distance between the centric Catalonia Square and the Columbus statue located by the sea. Each one of the boulevards is filled with colorful flower stalls, kiosks and street performers.

Just off Las Ramblas visitors will find the Boquería market, a famous market. Visitors can enjoy one of the natural juices sold at the market, a colourful granizado iced drink and some authentic pan tumaca bread served with olive oil and freshly ground tomato. There are many stalls selling fresh and local products, and the market has a bakery and several stalls selling honey and nuts. In the nearby streets there are many restaurants where even the pickiest children will be able to enjoy a fresh meal made using local ingredients. Some of the city’s most famous seafood restaurants are located near the Barceloneta beach. The city’s aquarium is located near this beach in the Port Vell area, where families will be able to see many exotic fish.

Explore the city’s architecture

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La Sagrada Familia {image by David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net}

Another way to explore Barcelona with children is by enjoying a trip on one of the touristic hop on hop off double decker buses that travel around the city’s main landmarks. There are three routes around the city, including an historical route and a sports route that takes visitors around the area where the Olympic Games were held and the Camp Nou stadium, the stadium of Barcelona’s football club.

During the bus ride visitors will be able to see the city’s main architectural landmarks. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral is one of the city’s most famous monuments. The unfinished Cathedral of the Holy Family has several carved facades decorated with statues and towers. Visitors can climb up  hundreds of steps to reach the top of two of the towers, from where they will be able to enjoy views towards the city. 

Musings On Meanderings

There sure are a lot of interesting places to see and enjoyable things to do when you visit Barcelona that I hope I can visit the place with my little man one day. I will make sure to include the local Post Office in my itinerary and hunt for Barcelona 1992 Olympics memorabilia while I am there. Oh, and I won’t forget riding one of those double deckers, am sure Jared will be thrilled!

Top Places To Visit On A Trip To Madrid

Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid

Located in the center of Spain, Madrid is a city that visitors will be able to explore during a trip to Spain. The city has many cultural attractions and there are several historical towns nearby.

The Museums

Many decide to spend a holiday in Madrid for its cultural attractions. Some of the city’s most visited places include the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemisza museums. Visitors will be able to spend an afternoon exploring Goya’s paintings in the Prado, Picasso’s famous Guernica in the Reina Sofia and many permanent and temporary exhibits in the Thyssen Bornemisza. Families travelling with children can visit the Natural History Museum, the Coin Museum and the Railway Museum, this one located near a train station filled with many trains.

The Markets

Madrid is a city for foodies. Visitors will be able to taste many local delicacies, ranging from a wide variety of tapas to more traditional dishes, including cocido thick broth. The main markets are located in the city center, and are filled with colourful stalls selling local products and tapas bars. The Mercado de San Miguel is located next to the Puerta de Sol and offers several gourmet tapas bars and organic stalls. The Anton Martin market is located closer to the Atocha main train station and the San Anton market is located in the trendy Malasaña area, close to some of the city’s most popular bars and clubs. Adults and children will be able to enjoy the city’s street food, including the famous doughy churros served with cocoa and sugar.

The Squares

In the city center visitors will be able to explore many squares. The Puerta de Sol is the city’s main square, where the city’s symbol, the statue of a bar and a madroño tree, is located. The more traditional Plaza Mayor is located steps away, and is filled with markets and terraces. Another main square is Plaza de España, a popular meeting spot. This square is a park decorated with several fountains and statues, including the fountain dedicated to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Next to this square, in a nearby park, visitors will find the Debod Temple, an ancient Egyptian temple that was brought to Madrid from the Nubia region. There are hieroglyphics on the walls of the temple.

Historical Towns

There are many historical towns located a short distance away from the city. The town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial can be reached by bus, car and train. This town, located north of the city near the mountains, is known for the El Escorial Monastery. Another popular town is Segovia, located farther north. This town has an ancient Roman aqueduct and many traditional restaurants where visitors will be able to taste the city’s most popular dishes, cochinillo, suckling pig, and cordero asado, lamb.


There are many parks in this city. Families travelling with children will be able to spend an afternoon in the central Retiro park, which has many paths decorated with flowers, plants, fountains and statues. A pond is located in the center of the park, and families will be able to rent boats. Another main park, this one located on the grounds of an ancient hunting estate west of the city, is the Casa de Campo. Families will be able to visit the Parque de Atracciones theme park, which has many rides and roller coasters. There is an aquarium, a lake and a zoo on the park grounds. This park can be reached by car, transit and a cable car that has views towards the city center.

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Different Industries Featured on Stamps


For this week’s Sunday Stamps, I am featuring some of the industry-related stamps I have received. Lucky for me as I have recently got these cool stamps from Brazil that feature the industry of shoe making and dressmaking. I find them really interesting, not to mention colorful and with well-thought of design. 

Earlier this year, I have also received another stamp that features the colorful industry of fashion. This one is from Spain and feature this lovely and elegant red dress that probably epitomized the beautiful world of Spanish Fashion.

These industries may seem little compared to other industries that govern and lord over our societies but come to think of it, shoes and clothing are actually bare necessities and no one can go about in their day-to-day activities without them, so I guess am changing my mind about tagging them as little industries!

Check out the other industries depicted on stamps here: