Barcelona and the Beautiful People

Gary Carmell Barcelona Vacation Pictures

Barcelona has been on my bucket list. I was heading to Europe for another reason but decided to tack on visiting the city to the beginning of my trip. I flew through Istanbul and since I’m a big fan of naps I thought I would take this picture to show my support for this activity (or inactivity). As an aside, the Turkish Airlines lounge has got to be one of the nicest airport lounges in the world.

Nap Zone Istanbul

I’m always fascinated by the destinations other travelers are going to when in foreign airports, particularly those locales where very few Americans fly to. This one is located in Iran and is one of the holiest cities in the country.

Turkish Flight to Barcelona

I stayed at the W Hotel which was pretty hip. After I checked in I received a ticket for a complimentary shot at the club on the top floor. It closes at 3:00 a.m. I went up there to take advantage of my free shot, clearly realized I was out of place and left 10 minutes later. At least I gave it a shot (pun intended).

W Hotel

I had someone take my picture while waiting out in front of the hotel. I didn’t want to deprive the readers of such a great shot of me.

in front of W Hotel

This was my room number. I must say this was a good omen because in Judaism the number 18 is considered to be lucky so to have it twice was a great sign.

Lucky Room Number 1818

This is a view of the beach and part of the city from the 18th floor by the elevator.

Barcelona view

Since I got in very late the first night I relaxed for the first day. I hung out by the pool for a couple of hours and saw some of the beautiful people visiting Barcelona. I loved how this guy brought his hooka to the pool and started going to town on it.

Barcelona Beautiful People

Barcelona Hooka

I wanted to get a picture of the infinity pool and the beach in the background. I kept waiting for there to be an opportunity for it to be unobstructed but I could never find such a moment. I finally ran out of time and had to take it with these two girls obstructing the view. I apologize for that.

Barcelona infinity pool

When this guy saw me he said we could be brothers. It’s obvious why. Another of the beautiful people in Barcelona.

Barcelona twin brother

The waitress at the pool came up to this woman and said people were asking about her and if she was a model. She said she modeled 10 years ago. Lucky me to be positioned so close to someone so attention-getting. Location, location, location. Another of the beautiful people in Barcelona.

Barcelona Model

After being inundated with endless numbers of beautiful people this is where I felt I needed to spend some time.

Barcelona Centre de Salut Mental

It was nice to see a happy couple. And while they were posing for a photographer they still looked happy. And kind of beautiful too.

Barcelona couple in love

I think this was the only bimbo I saw in Barcelona.

Barcelona Bimbo

I’m rather proud of this shot capturing the sun emanating from the city’s most famous cathedral.

Barcelona Cathedral

Another of the beautiful people posing at the cathedral.

Barcelona Beautiful People

This is the famous hospital of Barcelona built over 30 years in the early 1900s. This barely scratches the surface as it’s a city within a city. It’s amazing how many buildings there are behind this one. The architecture is quite impressive.

Barcelona Museums

famous hospital of Barcelona

I have a profound weakness for chocolate so I had to take a picture of this.

Museu de la Xocolata Barcelona

In the courtyard of one of the museums, there are numerous expressions written in Catalan. I needed to use Google Translate to get to the essence of this. This one says something to the effect of:

It is worthwhile to make an effort to cleanse ourselves from sins and vices versus waiting for the sting of death.

I would contend this is pretty good advice.

It is worthwhile to make an effort to cleanse ourselves from sins and vices versus waiting for the sting of death.

It is worthwhile to make an effort to cleanse ourselves from sins and vices versus waiting for the sting of death.

More down to earth advice in English.

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

Here is me getting in touch with my feminist side at the same museum as referenced above.

Gary Carmell Feminist in Barcelona

Here’s your basic decapitation scene depicted on one of the walls at the same museum.


What would a trip to Barcelona be without capturing some soccer images? Unfortunately, F.C. Barcelona was out of town when I was there so I couldn’t go to a game.

Barcelona Soccer

Barcelona Soccer Messi

Barcelona Trav. de les Corts

Camp Nou Barcelona Soccer Stadium

Barcelona Rosh Hashanah

It was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year when I was there. I went to a synagogue for services and afterward there was a dinner for approximately 250 people. I noticed one of the servers had letters on each of her knuckles. After I read what they were I asked her if I could take a picture. This is a real fan (pun intended).


Here is the dinner with which we were blessed.

Rosh Hashanah Dinner Barcelona

Including this guy. Rather tasty I must say.

Rosh Hashanah Fish

Another testament to faith. And while she wasn’t at my table…

Faith Barcelona

This man was. There are many ways to express one’s devotion to their maker.

Jewish Man Rosh Hashanah

Here I am in front of what my tour guide says is the oldest synagogue in the world. It’s most likely from the 4th century.

oldest synagogue in the world

Here is my tour guide on the roof of one of Gaudi’s homes. He was the most famous architect in Barcelona. Unfortunately, I took the picture with the cable to my charger in view. Oh well. Gaudi was a great recycler of material and he was showing how he was able to create a work of art out of broken pieces of porcelain that he saved.

Antoni Gaudí building Barcelona

I had a great time in Barcelona and highly recommend that you visit there if you have the chance.

3 comments on “Barcelona and the Beautiful People
  1. Doug Williams says:

    Glad you enjoyed the beautiful people … but my focus was on how do i go to airports that have nap zones! Glad trip was fun.

  2. David A Helman says:

    With your open, positive, not to serious attitude of observing your surroundings I’m convinced you had a great time. Good for you.

  3. Arnie says:

    Brings sweet memories. Beautiful place to visit. Glad to see that you enjoyed the visit.

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