Today is the one year anniversary of the terror attack in Barcelona.
I was in Spain when it happened, on a train with my aunt and mother, in the country to celebrate my aunt’s seventieth birthday (which was the day of the attack, so I will always remember the date).
When we got off the train there were men carrying assault rifles everywhere.
During that trip we stayed one street from where it happened.
The photograph is of the makeshift memorial at the top of La Rambla, where the attack began, a few days afterwards.
Canberra named third best city in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet
I agree, and I’m also thrilled that Seville, maybe my favourite place anywhere (I was just back there for a week a month and a half ago), is named. However, I don’t want tourism to get out of control there!
Now I’m just waiting for all the nasty editorials in the Sydney and Melbourne newspapers, insulting Canberra. It’s inevitable, but – hey – who cares? We win!
I have stayed in this area three times recently, and I think it is the best place to stay in Barcelona. In the second picture you can see the place we rented on the last visit on the left. Right next to the Cathedral, and near some other major sites, it was a pretty amazing experience.
The area is far from perfect; Barcelona is a big, butch city, and all the nightclubs etc. in the old quarter mean there’re lots of very young people making a big, smelly mess.
However, this is a huge, American-style grid city, and this is a different, more European part of town with an old atmosphere. The history here is incredible, and – once you figure out the crazy-winding streets – it is a fascinating location for a visit.
Scenes from Seville on this hot Sunday afternoon: the entrance to the colossal Cathedral, and hot horses hiding in the shade.