Filmmaker and travel TV host Kylie Flavell is in Barcelona getting to know the city not through the tourist sites but through the people who live there. In this episode she gets the city's best barista from Satan's Coffee Corner to teach her how to flirt in Spanish.
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You can go to Barcelona, Spain on vacation and see the top tourist sites, visit Gaudi, Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Montserrat and seek out tapas, paella and sangria but don't forget to stop and chat to the locals. This is how you really understand a city. If you've got the travel bug and you're dreaming of a holiday but you can't work out the timing with friends, family or your boyfriend or girlfriend, why not consider travelling on your own. Sometimes when you're in a couple you don't get out of your comfort zone and try speaking in the native language. Perhaps you've seen Woody Allen's film Vicky Cristina Barcelona and you fancy running away to somewhere foreign to find love... or even just a cheeky little affair with a Latin lover... either way, Spain is arguably one of the most romantic destinations in the world and both couples on their summer vacation and Erasmus students looking for somewhere to party somewhere beautiful for their gap year abroad fall in love with Barcelona.
Kylie is Australian but has lived all over the world as an expat and journalist. She makes food and travel TV shows such as When Patrick Met Kylie, The Dolce Vita Diary, When in Rome, When in Florence and Amore Al Dente, which air on TLN Canada, Discovery TLC Asia, TLC Australia, TLC Latin America, Fox Life India, TV2 Norway and other networks in 68 countries.
Here are some interesting facts about Barcelona:
1. Its founding origins are still in dispute
There are two Spanish legends concerning the founding of Barcelona. One legend says that it was founded by Hercules, 400 years before the building of Rome. But, according to the other legend, the city was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal. He named the city Barcino after his family, the Barca family of Carthage. Which one do you believe?
2. Barcelona is considered the “best beach city” in the world by National Geographic, but their beaches weren’t used for leisure until 1992
Today there are seven beaches with a total of 4.5 km of coastline, but before 1992, Barcelona’s seaside was completely run over by industries and there existed no beach for the use of the city’s populace and tourism.
It wasn’t until the city’s redevelopment for the 1992 Olympic Games that the city moved their industries and converted the seaside area into an exemplary leisure area for locals and tourist alike; including the improvement of two beaches and the creation of five new beaches.
According to Discovery Channel, Barceloneta beach is the best urban beach in the world and the third best beach in the world.
3. It is Europe’s largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast
In addition, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, and the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Ruhr area, Madrid and Milan.
5. Flamenco is not well known in Barcelona
Even though Spain is well known for its flamenco dancing, this popular dance is not traditional or well known in Barcelona or Cataluña. Catalans prefer the more contemporary rock-n-roll scene.
Some Spanish flirting:
If Spanish is the language of love then why not heat up your vocabulary with these sexy Spanish phrases …
He estado pensando en ti. - I've been thinking about you.
Me gustas (mucho). – I like you a lot
A great film featuring the city:
While the prospect of taking a romantic trip to Spain may sound appealing, your boss may have other plans. Why not curl up on the couch with Vicky Christina Barcelona, a Woody Allen film about Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain who become enamoured with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
A scary adventure:
If you’re a fan of adventure and mystery, Barcelona has 12 abandoned metro stations waiting to be explored. If you aren’t brave enough to go by yourself you can jump on a special scary metro tour that goes through the Lau Pau and Sagrada Familia Line.