A while back I wrote a few articles about my travels to Europe for bakpakguide.com.
If you are trying to sum up Barcelona in one word, in a city as large and eclectic as this Spanish gem, it is possible: colorful. A warm ocean breeze sweeps across you and the Spanish sun beats down, making everything much more vibrant. To get an idea of how vivid and playful this city is, start by visiting the most famous street, Las Ramblas. This mecca for tourists stretches from the beautiful blue ocean to the heart of the city lined with a variety of shops, street artisans and most unique to Barcelona, street performers. These eccentric characters are a defining feature of the city. They line the pedestrian boulevard on each side ranging from fantastic magicians to a human butterfly that literally transforms right before your eyes. Every performer stakes his own spot, has his own costume, and has a way of luring you into watching his every move. Only in some cases, your inquisitive look is all-to-suddenly wiped right off your face as he jumps out of a box and scares you silly. Just so you don't think you've dreamed all this craziness, they too descend from their soapboxes and like any group of co-workers, take a lunch break. Check out the full article