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5:27pm on Wednesday, 14th July, 2010:

Places I'm not all that Fussed about Visiting #9


Continuing the occasional series...


Barcelona is a dynamic city in Spain, or, if you live there, Catalonia. It's famous for its football, its individuality and its architecture — especially the work of Gaudí.

I can watch the football on TV, though. I can be an individual sitting right here in my chair, and I don't actually like Gaudí's architectural style. It's not that I don't want to go there, however; it's more that I don't want to make an effort to go there. If I were nearby, sure, I'd have a look around and probably quite like the place; I'm just not all that fussed about it.

My wife has a more positive attitude, and actually does actively want to go there. When we went on a coach tour of Spain in the 1980s, it wasn't on the itinerary — even though it's Spain's number one tourist destination. We went on a cruise a couple of years ago and she was angling for one that stopped at Barcelona; hpwever, none of the ones that did go there went to other places she was keen on visiting, at least not for the length of cruise we could afford. She still really fancies going there, though, so I expect that some time in the next few years we will indeed wind up in the city.

As for me, well I'm not going to say no as I don't want not to go there, it simply doesn't appeal to me any more than any other large foreign city.

That said, 5 million tourists a year disagree with me.

Referenced by Places I'm not all that Fussed about Visiting #11.

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