After a week of exploring Barcelona, I decided to visit Gràcia neighborhood again. I more like, decided to spend a full day in Gràcia. This neighborhood was established in 1626, with a convent under the name “Our lady of Grace / Nostra Senyora de Gràcia”.Gràcia, and was independent of Barcelona until 1897. Gràcia is a neighborhood full of life. Differs from the rest of the neighborhoods for not crossing the street of La Rambla, nor is it connected to the center, but is a little ride up a hill. Gràcia is famous for its squares “Carrer”. You will find many squares, I think famous for 5 public squares. Squares of Gràcia are known to live the day and night. They are usually filled with outdoor tables, live bands, and laughers. If you decide to spend the day there, then make sure you walk and look for the art that resides in it.
Barcelona is known for its friendly people and comfortable atmosphere. You will also feel very much welcomed in Gràcia. Make sure you find the popular Carrer Verdi and explore the shops there. I was very lucky to stumble upon a Palestinian cuisine restaurant that will meet your fantasy. Great food, interior design and hostess. You do not want to miss it. Have incredible Tiramisu and coffee at Nabucco.Unforgettable sushi at Kibuka.Best of all, are all the colored walls you will come across. A very unpredictable neighborhood and a very predictable love affair. Find very cozy cafe’s. Have a romantic dinner. Go for a door hunt.
Always leave the best for last, although sometimes it also isn’t the best thing to do given the nature of life and how unpredictable things are, but gladly I must say, today was fantastic. Started my day with my cousin Darine, biking to the beach sight to watch the sunrise, returned my gorgeous bicycle and started my walk between my favorite streets in Barcelona. Starting point was Gracia, to send most of my time in my favorite area taking it down to Sagrada Familia, down to the center of Catalina, Ramblas, Gottica and El Born. Getting lost between streets, finding incredible finds, and the deepest jewels are always in the lowest bottom end of the ocean, so you got to keep digging until you find shops, people, and wisdom that you will always and forever remember. This life we live in, if it is lived without art surrounding us, then it truly is missing out on the best there is. Don’t settle down for less than the art you enjoy, the art you connect with, the art you can use to speak for you. Art is in everything.
When it is time to say goodbye, it is also time to listen to songs you relate to and sing them out loud: Riding through the city on my bike all day cause the filth took away my license It doesn’t get me down and I feel okay Cause the sights that I’m seeing are priceless. You might laugh, you might frown Walkin’ round the mid town… Sun is the sky Oh why, Oh why would I wanna be anywhere else? Sun is in the sky Oh why, oh Why would I wanna be anywhere else?