24 Jun Marina R., New York City, USA
I loved the 5 days I spent in Barcelona with The Yummy Walker. It was a trip filled with confections of architecture, art, history and cuisine. My guide Marco was incredible, a ceramics artist from Italy, he showed me a Barcelona unlike any tourist had ever seen. Yes, of course, we visited all the main attractions (Monserrat, Olímpic Stadium, Montjuic, Sagrada Familia, Batlló and Park Güell) but the way Marco presented this beautiful city was filled with so much passion and understanding that I felt like I was walking in the footprints of Antonio Gaudi himself. University-educated and fun-loving, Marco was extremely knowledgeable about the local culture, food, art, history, politics, and of course Catalunya. Our visit to the Picasso Museum and Joan Miro Foundation were especially memorable, since I was in the company of a real artist who gave me a richer, more in-depth look at these two legendary Spanish painters. The hotel where we were staying was in the center of Old City which made for easy day walks in the Ramblas and clubbing at night in Barcelonetta. Marco made reservations in some of the best restaurants in Barcelona – every dinner we had was incredible and not expensive (!!!). We dined at Casa Leopoldo, Canete, 9Reinas – out of the way places frequented by locals that offered authentic cuisine (tapas, oxtails, octopus) and the ambiance of a real Barcelona. I loved how Marco and The Yummy Walker worked hard to avoid all the tourist-trap experiences and instead presented me with an authentic, magical journey through this vibrant, sometimes overcrowded city. I felt like a traveler, NOT a tourist…and for me that was the most important thing!