Kerrie's Blog: Barcelona


I'm breaking up the TripOfALifetime (TOAL) into destinations.  First stop: The bustling city of Barcelona which was our ships home.  We had a day before the cruise and one after.

My virgin-European feet hit the ground and the excitement of the city had me all smiles.  It was warm and filled with beautiful people walking and mopeds riding everywhere.

Gaudi is a famous architect and we had to check out the Sagrada Familia.  Imagine a massive unfinished church.  It looked like a dripping candle, like one of those huge ones with wax falling off Kat Von D has in her tattoo shop in LA.  He started building it in the late 1800's and it's won't be finished until the middle of the next century they say.  I heard each pillar is for a disciple and once finished there will be 2 at the top, one for Jesus and one for his Mother. It was beyond a doubt fantastic, humongous and unlike anything I'd ever seen.

We had breakfast at this cute little cafe and little grandmas were speaking Spanish and enjoying their tiny coffees.  A lovely tapas dinner was had later on...the restaurants don't really open until 8:30pm.  The difference between Europeans and us is that they are so much more relaxed.  We are so busy to hurry and eat and get the check and go and they spend hours ejoying their meals without a care.  I hope a bit of this style sticks with me.

We zipped around on the subway, or Metro as they call it and spent much time at Las Ramblas.  A cool street that goes on for blocks filled with booths, street performers and outdoor cafes.  It leads down to the water which holds the Christopher Columbus statue.  Next thing you know we're walking through the city and a huge protest was about to begin.  Thousands of people with signs were crowding around us and the streets were lined with riot police cars.  It was really exciting and a bit scary at the same time.  I couldn't read their signs so I had no idea what the march was for until I got home.  They were upset with planned budget cuts about to hurt education and health care.

I wish I had more time to explore this great city but the 2 days went fast.  I highly recommend visiting Barcelona if you ever get the chance!


Next up:  Nice, France/Monte Carlo, Monaco

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 23 commentsKerrie La Guardia • June 24 2011 04:16PM


Oh now nice... a vacation for those of us sitting at home in the HEAT! I'm diggin it! Can't wait to go to Nice tomorrow! :)))

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

Barcelona is beautiful. I was lucky to spend a week there while I was living in Paris.

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 7 years ago

Wow, I never really looked at close ups of that church...  REally cool!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 7 years ago

Really neat pictures Kerrie.. The close ups of those Churches are awesome! Glad you had a safe trip and welcome home! :)

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - It really is the trip of a lifetime.  I've been to London, but not anywhere else in London.  I have a dream of touring Italy, Spain and Portugal, one day.  You gotta just love the architecture there.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - I also want to CONGRATULATE you on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Wow, thanks Myrl!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

This blog is awesome Sweetness. So happy for you, you definitely deserved this, your the best....

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 7 years ago

What an amazing journey you have taken.  Your photographs are incredible!

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) over 7 years ago

Kerrie I never knew you were an architecture buff and knew Gaudi's works. It's definitely interesting. I studied his works in college and never could understand his "inspiration".

Posted by Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest (Keller Williams Realty Southwest) over 7 years ago

Kerrie - thanks for taking us along on your spectacular trip through Europe! Love the pictures and look forward to where ever you're taking us next....

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 7 years ago

This is a place I want to go as well.  Thanks for posting those pictures.  I can live vicariously through you until I can go.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, those are incredible pictures! I'm glad you decided to share your trip of a lifetime with all of us… 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 7 years ago

I really do want to go to Barcelona.  I remember learning so much abt this in Art History.  I've been to Spain, but didn't have a long enough time to go there.  welcome back.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Barcelona is my favorite city when it comes to that country. Great coffee

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I know this is a trip you'll never forget and long after the months go by, you'll still be thinking about it and wishing you were back there.

Your photos and the information you provided is just wonderful! I always heard great things about Barcelona but I never saw pictures from the people who visited. You're the first and I enjoyed it very much!

Here's to many more enjoyable vacations :)


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 7 years ago

Kerrie:Enjoyed your presentation of your Barcelona trip. These memories will stay with you forever. You captured some wonderful views of the church. I can just see you sitting in that cute little cafe listening to the grandma's sipping little cups of coffee and speaking Spanish.


Posted by Carl Winters over 7 years ago

Kerrie, I've been to Spain, but not to Barcelona. A TOAL and you're going to give us all a taste over the next few weeks. How cool is that. The ambiance of Europe is unique and needs to be seen and felt to be appreciated.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Barcelona ranks as one of my favorite destinations in Europe.

The people, the food, the architecture .... all simply amazing!

Posted by Palm Springs Realtor - Stewart Penn, COMPASS - Broker Associate (COMPASS) over 7 years ago

Such beautiful architecture and so rich in history. Your TOAL seems to have been just that! Keep the pics coming Kerrie!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 7 years ago

What an amazing moment, for me, to come across this post and become an armchair traveler to Barcelona...I could even smell that poetic cup of BOU coffee...never minding my cup of lukewarm Folgers next to my keyboard...It's been some years since I've been able to travel out of this small town, making this photo-story are a heart-full adventure for my joy and imagination today. Cheers!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 7 years ago

Love your photos, Kerrie--you are some photographer!  I know you had a blast and can't wait to see and read more about the TOAL from you!


Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 7 years ago

What a wonderful city to visit - I have seen photos but never been there personally! I have to talk to you about your cruise - I will check older blog posts but may have to give you a call for details! This sounds like something I might do next summer!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago