Barcelona, Spain - its name conjures up images of old world traditions, and a city whose people are energized by their passion for enjoying the most out of life. Travel Expert Samantha Brown packs her bags for this Spanish coastal city where art, architecture and cava wine are all staples of this Catalan lifestyle. Nightlife is big in Barcelona, so Samantha's first stop is at one of the city's most endearing establishments - El Xampanyet Bar. Here Samantha joins locals in taste-testing the house special - a glass of sparkling wine, and gets a lesson in the art of eating anchovies! Samantha discovers the out-of-the-ordinary architecture of Antoni Gaudi, who's celebrated creations appear as if they'd be right at home in an imaginative amusement park. If you prefer a stroll through narrow medieval lanes, then the Barrio Gotico is where you'll get a true sense of Barcelona - whether it's a charming caf? said to have artistically inspired a young Pablo Picasso, the noisy atmosphere of vendors hawking their wares at a color sidewalk market, or the celebration of the Sardana - a traditional Catalonia dance which attracts hundreds to the main town square each day. Barcelona has always been a city whose independence has been its inspiration, and Samantha finds that to be one of the many reasons it continues to be a popular European destination.moreless
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