Love Barcelona!

Bar-cell-own-ah . . . the name rolls off the tongue. It’s a seductive city that immediately wins over even the most jaded traveler once they hear the locals speak Catalan, which combines the best of the Spanish and French romance languages. The city’s secret weapon is a quirky sense of humor. Storeowners hire graffiti artists to paint their rolling front doors and fashion designers use bright colors and clashing patterns to create clothes that are unexpectedly flattering. Antoni Gaudí’s world-renowned architecture is a bit cheeky; in the Sagrada Família Cathedral, for instance, local tour guides point out that Gaudí included a statue of himself with the twelve apostles.