Spain…the land of tapas, long lunches, amazing wine, and food that keeps your palette yearning for more. I love this country. Yes, I lived here and  I may be a little bias but I can’t help going back for more. This year I went to Spain three times. Twice for work because there are so many cool shops, trends, and great product to see. My third stop was a mix of both business and pleasure.

Barcelona is a beautiful city. It’s by the sea, the architecture is breathtaking, and although it’s a small city, it’s got a beat that you can’t find in many places.

Here are some pictures of what inspires me about Barcelona.

I love the grafitti in Barcelona. Here is one that we found in my favorite town called Borne.

I love the grafitti in Barcelona. Here is one that we found in my favorite town called Borne.

More grafitti in Borne. I believe this is on Canvis Nous in Borne.

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The architecture in Barcelona is amazing. This is La Pedrera which is a masterpiece of Gaudi. The details are beautiful, playful, fallic, and tasteful. Gaudi's works of art are very inspirational.

The architecture in Barcelona is amazing. This is La Pedrera which is a masterpiece of Gaudi. The details are beautiful, playful,  and tasteful. Gaudi’s works of art are very inspirational.

An upclose view of Gaudi's balcony at La Pedrera.

An upclose view of Gaudi’s balcony at La Pedrera.

One of the beauties of Spain are the terraces. Locals love to go to parties with terraces, or eat at a terrace for dinner, or if  they have one at their flat, they are sure to have several parties during the summer. Here is a terrace at the top of my favorite product design store called Vincon on Passeig de Gracia!

One of the beauties of Spain are the terraces. Locals love to go to parties with terraces, eat at a terrace for dinner, or if they have one at their flat, they are sure to have several parties during the summer. Here is a terrace at the top of my favorite product design store called Vincon on Passeig de Gracia. The tile is spectacular. I love the contrast of the brick with floral tile pattern. It’s a great mix when 10 feet away you will find rare modern products at the store.

Barcelona is full of talented designers, not just leather good, apparel, but product. You will find many local designers selling their products at well known shops or have their own atelier where they sell their products. Here is a beautiful table that we found that could be used as a dining table, desk, conference table. I love the aluminum table top constrast with wood legs. The table top is extremely thin.

Barcelona is full of talented designers, not just for leather goods, apparel, but product. You will find many local designers selling their products at well known shops or have their own ateliers where they sell their products. Here is a beautiful table that we found which could be used as a dining table, desk, or conference table. I love the aluminum table top constrast with wood legs. The table top is very thin and can come in various finishes.

I am not a big fan of walking thru Las Ramblas but there is something to be said about this street. It's full of life and that is what Spain is all about.

I am not a big fan of walking thru Las Ramblas but there is something to be said about this street. It’s full of life and that is what Spain is all about.

Shopping in Barcelona is one of the best. Every barrio has something special to offer whether is be high end, Scandanavian design, second hand store, or local designers opening shops in trendy parts of the city. You're always sure to find something unique and also reasonably priced.

Shopping in Barcelona is one of the best. Every barrio has something special to offer whether is be high end, Scandanavian design, second hand store, or local designers opening shops in trendy parts of the city. You’re always sure to find something unique and also reasonably priced.

There is always something to see walking down the streets of Barcelona.

There is always something to see walking down the streets of Barcelona.

Oh yeah, and of course you can't forget the tapas and wine in Spain. They are to die for!

Oh yeah, and of course you can’t forget the tapas and wine in Spain. They are to die for!