THE BEST OF BARCELONA
Text and photos by Rose Hartman
With its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, atmospheric markets and café, sun-dappled Mediterranean beaches, Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a must for anyone visiting Spain.
All you need do is put on a good pair of walking shoes and stroll, rent a bike or take an easy taxi ride to view Gaudi’s monumental Sagrada Familia and his other unique art nouveau creations, the Barri Gotic famed for its sheer density of its medieval buildings, the famous Boqueria market (perfect for a plate of succulent seafood), stylish world-class boutiques (think Carolina Herrera, St. Laurent), endless tapas bars for sparkling wine (cava) and delicious little portions of fish, sausage, cheese, wild mushrooms, museums like the not-to-be – missed Museu Picasso and the Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya, and much, much more. I spent 12 glorious days meandering through this gorgeous city, after the premiere of the documentary,’THE INCOMPARABLE ROSE HARTMAN’ included in the Barcelona Fashion Film Festival (better known as the Moritz Feed Dog Festival – and was delighted to find the perfect hotel, Casa Bonay, replete with bountiful breakfasts, a rooftop terrace, and a tranquil garden ideal for meditation.