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Big, Beautiful Barcelona

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Barcelona is one of the five best cities in the world. As far as I am concerned, this is a fact, not opinion. Barcelona has everything you want a world-class city to offer. Barcelona is cool, historic, fun, interesting, trendy and everything in between. Whatever your taste, you can find it in the city of Gaudi.

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The reason I love Barcelona is because it combines so many great things but as a guy who loves cities and beaches, Barcelona offers some of the best urban beaches in the world – right up there with Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Cape Town. Walk down along the beaches of Barcelona and soak up the sun, culture and some great seaside restaurants and bars.

Follow that by heading up La Rambla when you hit El Monumento a Colón. La Rambla is one of the most famous and fascinating streets in the world to simply stroll and people watch. Street performances are the norm and they are some of the best I’ve seen anywhere in the world. La Rambla is lined with street side cafes that I would never recommend the food but there’s no better place to get a pitcher of sangria and just relax as the world walks by.

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At the top of La Rambla is Plaça de Catalunya; the heart and soul of Barcelona. This is the main square and where everything originates. It’s a bit touristy but a great meeting place and starting point for wherever you want to go in Barcelona. Then head up Passeig de Gracia to the fashionable mecca of Barcelona for some great shopping, dining and nightlife.

For the best views and a place that many tourists neglect to visit, head up to Tibidabo. It’s easiest to grab a taxi and head up and when you do, make sure to hike all the way to the top of the church for panoramic views and a sense of how big and beautiful Barcelona is.

Then there is Gaudi.

Barcelona is known as the city of Gaudi and the great architect and artist has many spectacular buildings around town but none more famous than La Sagrada Familia. This is the most famous landmark in Catalonia and a must see attraction for tourists.

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If you read me regularly then you know I am a huge sports fanatic. FC Barcelona is one of the world’s biggest and most important soccer or football teams. You can go to a game or at least do the Camp Nou experience where you can actually go on the field and in the locker rooms. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits and it’s very cool for sports fans. You may even run into Lionel Messi! Força Barça!

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Azamara has many landings and departures in and out of Barcelona, including these itineraries:

Looking Ahead to Osaka

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I have written thousands of blog posts on my own site and for countless others all over the world but this post is a first for me. I am writing this blog post about Osaka, Japan and I have never been there before. I will be going early next year with Azamara, but for now it is one of the few major cities on Earth I have not been to. That said, I think this will be fun and I definitely look forward to writing another after I visit Osaka.

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The New Singapore

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I first went to Singapore in 1999 and used to joke that it was cleaner than Disneyland, just not as fun and that Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport were the best things about Singapore. However, over the last 15 years the city, state and country have done a tremendous job in changing that image which had been popularly held by most visitors. Nowadays, Singapore is teeming with life and offers a lot to visitors. It’s a new Singapore.

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Eternally Enchanting Rome

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Rome, the eternal city, the center of the world for millennia, certainly is a must see place that should be front and center on everyone’s bucket list. Rome has it all. Rome has history; in fact, Rome is history. Rome has sites that no other city can approach. Rome is the heart of the world’s largest religion and Rome is the culinary capital of the world. Rome is eternal.

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The Timeless Charm of Athens, Greece

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“I am not Greek or Athenian, but I am a citizen of the world” – Socrates

These immortal words really strike a chord with me for two reasons. First, they adorn the entry gate to my business school; the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Secondly, they show the forward thinking of the great Greek philosophers and thinkers. Greece has contributed more to global civilization that any other current nation. Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the most important cities in the history of our world. Athens is timeless.

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