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Exploring the Treasures of Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia

From the city’s mesmerizing architecture to the fascinating flavors and textures of its cuisine, Barcelona is brimming with things to see and do. With a wealth of possibilities to choose from — think Barcelona nightlife tours, food adventures, and more — we’ve rounded up some of the unmissable sights and experiences you need to know.

Art and Culture
Exploring Barcelona on foot can lead you to some fascinating discoveries. The city is packed with art galleries and museums like the Fundació Joan Miró with its impressive building, Museu Picasso, Taller Creativo Bencini, and the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) to name a few.

Architecture
You can’t be in Barcelona and not marvel at its iconic architectural attractions. Not to mention the hidden gems that form part of the city’s rich architecture scene. Beyond the works of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, you will find plenty of other awe-inspiring Modernista buildings designed by some of Catalan’s best. Among those not to be missed are the Camp Nou, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella, Casa Vicens, La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia, Monestir de Pedralbes, Parc Güell, and more.

Music and Festivals
From live music venues to concert halls, Barcelona offers plenty of places for music lovers. Festivals like the Festes de la Mercè and other neighborhood fiestas and celebrations likewise provide a lot of entertainment and fun experiences.

Food
A visit to the city is incomplete without tasting the famous Catalan cuisine. Some of the must-try dishes include the paella, bacalao (raw salted cod), calçot, crema Catalana, escalivada, la bomba, and mató (a type of cheese) among others.

By hayden, ago
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5 Movies for a Music Lover’s Must-Watch List

Music is everywhere. And for the keen-eared music lover, tuning in at anything worth listening to is one of the simplest pleasures of all. So what happens when you bring glorious music on screen? Simply a kind of magic in itself. Here are some of the best movies you need to watch that the music lover in you will thank you for.

1. Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a drama/fantasy film that takes you from Liverpool to America to Vietnam. But best of all, this rock musical film showcases a lot of the Beatles’ song. This movie is a real treat for the ears not just for fans of the legendary English rock band.

2. Almost Famous (2000)

This comedy-drama film tells the story high school student who is also an avid music fan. His passion for music ultimately gives him the chance to interview a promising band, an assignment for the Rolling Stone magazine. He then joins the band on its concert tour.

3. Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus is a comedy-drama movie told from the perspective of Italian classical composer and conductor Antonio Salieri. The composer was a devout man who considered Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as divine and marveled at his talent. But that admiration was soon replaced by envy that ultimately made him turn his back to the God who he believed gave Mozart his divine talent. Classical music fan or not, Amadeus is a must-watch not just for all the Mozart pieces you will hear but also for a glimpse into his life and death.

4. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

You do not have to be a musical fan to appreciate the gloriousness of this classic film. It is one of the most delightful and genuinely entertaining performances. Unlike some musical movies, the song and dance numbers on this one blend so seamlessly into the story creating an authentic feel that will draw you in deeper into all the fun that goes with it.

5. The Sound of Music (1965)

The Sound of Music is one those classic gems like Singin’ In The Rain that manage to withstand the test of time. It is a film that you will not get tired of watching over and over again. Set in some of the most breathtaking spots in Austria, it tells the story of an aspiring nun named Maria who was sent to the home of widower Captain Von Trapp to serve as governess for his seven children. The songs and music, the scenery, and the story itself are some of the great things you will find in this film

By hayden, ago
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Four of the Best Places to Go if You’re a Music Lover

Music plays a part in most people’s travel experiences regardless if they are aware of it or not. It could weave itself into moments and may sometimes get unnoticed. But for music lovers, there is nothing quite like having the best of both the pleasures of music and travel. And there are places that offer the sublime experience of both at the same time. Here’s just a few of them and the reasons why you need to visit – apart from the music.

Havana, Cuba
Havana
Just taking a walk in the streets of Havana can turn into a delightful musical experience. You could stumble upon a Latin jazz or rumba music performer. Or you can hear the sounds of music out of nowhere, like a trail crumb to follow. But apart from the vibrant music scene, you will find plenty of interesting sights and things to do. Not to mention one of the world’s must-try coffees.

Liverpool, England
Liverpool
Home to John, Paul, George and Ringo, Liverpool is one of the music cities in the world on many music lover’s bucket list. Beatlemaniac or not, you will find that a trip to the city offers a fascinating glimpse into the origins of the world-renowned and much-revered English rock band. Beatleweek and all The Beatles-themed attractions aside, Liverpool boasts of beautiful architecture and delightful food scene begging to be explored.

London, England
London
London has long been a musical hub drawing musicians and artists from all around UK and the world. It is also home to numerous music venues including traditional pubs and concert halls where you can catch a great performance at any time. And with all its world-famous sights and attractions, the city offers a travel experience quite no other.

New York City, USA
New York
New York City is brimming with musical attractions. And no visit to the city will leave you untouched by the music scene that forms part of its diverse attractions. From iconic Broadway shows to its many must-see sights and things to do, the city is one place you would not mind getting lost into.

By hayden, ago