Place: If having nowhere to be is your idea of romance, the capital of Catalonia wins on two counts: itâ€™s easy to get happily lost and no one wakes up until 8 p.m.
Like Los Angeles or Sydney, Barcelona is dense, cultured and cosmopolitan, and is also a beach town, offering fickle lovers a broad romantic spectrum. One avenue thatâ€™s no longer available to paramours? Public nudity. It was finally — in some cases, mercifully — banned in 2011.
People: Trend-centric, cocksure, proud and partying, Barcelonans will steal your heart if not your wallet.
Things: The weird feeling in oneâ€™s pants upon beholding GaudÃ architecture; the corpuscle of seemingly endless branching alleyways housing the galleries, cafÃ©s, bars, restaurants and museums of the Born neighborhood. No two trips are ever alike.
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