A Travellerspoint blog

November 2019

Barcelona

72 °F

Did I have fun? Yes. Did I enjoy Barcelona as much as I did a couple of years ago? No. The city seemed a little dirtier, not as friendly and a bit more expensive. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a must see city if you’ve never been here but my expectations may have been unrealistic from my memory of my past experience. Or, maybe I’ve come to the conclusion that visiting major cities don’t appeal to me as much as medium size cities.

What I have also figured out through my 4 months of travel this year, is that if your accommodations are lacking either in location or the rooms have been misrepresented, that really can ruin your experience.

I’ve come to the conclusion that not all Airbnb reviews are real, somehow the owners have figured out a way to manipulate the review process. I’ve always had excellent results with Airbnb but not this year. I actually got an update from Airbnb stating that they are going to do more inspections of listings, unfortunately, that didn’t help me on this trip. Did I complain to Airbnb? Yes. Was I satisfied with their response? No. I’ll be more inclined to stay in a hotel in the near future until my confidence in Airbnb has been restored.

I purposely haven’t read my last review of this city because I wanted to write something from the perspective of someone who has traveled here before. I am including the link to my past review if you would like a get a different perspective.

https://joannereyes.travellerspoint.com/16/

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Sagrada Familia
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Vistas
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Parc de la Ciutadella
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Beach
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Harbor
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Central Market
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City sights
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Posted by joannereyes 07:44 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

Valencia

74 °F

I’ll be honest, I had no idea how beautiful Valencia would be. When I thought of Valencia, I thought of oranges and beaches. That’s it. But it is so much more with its Spanish Architecture which combines elements of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. I spent a week here and that was plenty of time to see all their historical sights and have a few days to relax on the beach. Known to be the home of paella, you can eat paella to your heart's content. Authentic “Valencia paella’s” main ingredient is rabbit so if you are not into eating Bugs Bunny, try a different paella dish. ;) As with all Spanish cities, there are beautiful parks and squares to enjoy a few minutes to sit, relax, and re-energize yourself while people watching. The metro system is excellent and the walk ability is easy as you explore the sights of Valencia. Another big plus here is biking, just be cognizant of the bikers if you are wandering aimlessly enjoying the sights.

Beautiful buildings
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Fountains
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Bull rink
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Train station
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Post office
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Markets
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Beach
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Statues
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Mosaic everywhere

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Street scene
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Posted by joannereyes 11:37 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

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