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I’ve made countless artistic pilgrimages throughout Europe, but Barcelona is one of my favorite destinations. Artists love Barcelona! The Museu Picasso, set up at Picasso’s wish, is the expression of his passionate connection with the city. The museum consists of five palaces dating back to the 13th-15th centuries.

The Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí also flourished here. He built the incredible Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the curvaceous Casa Milà, the fabulously playful Park Güell and other organic wonders.

Paella is also an art. I recall dining at the “Cheapest Restaurant in the World” back in the 1970s, where I delighted in shellfish/chicken paella for just 33 cents. Today, one of the best places to eat is Can Majo Restaurant, on the seafront at L’Almirall Aixada, 23, Barceloneta (Linea 4). Famous for tapas, fish and paella, they’ll serve you a splendid lunch for around 30 Euros.

Centrally located in the historic district, in a building dating back to 1853 is the B&B La Princesa. On Carrer Princesa, a few minutes’ walk to almost anywhere, it offers two comfortable, clean, cozy rooms with wooden-beamed ceilings, Catalan ceramic floors and balconies for around 26 Euros per night, including WiFi and breakfast.

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