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Today’s post is part of a weekly series called “Travel Toss-Up,” in which we ask you to take your pick between two amazing travel experiences.

This week’s toss-up offers a choice of two cities with over-the-top architecture.

Would you rather…

… check out Gaudi’s fantastical visions in Barcelona, or …

parc guell gaudi barcelona



… experience the decadence of Dubai?

dubai skyline uae


Visitors to Barcelona can’t miss the influence of architect Antoni Gaudi, whose whimsically designed buildings include the eternally-under-construction Sagrada Familia church, the colorful Casa Batllo and the flowing lines of Parc Guell, pictured above. Dubai is home to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper; Burj Al Arab, the first hotel to proclaim itself a “seven-star” property; and numerous other lavish buildings.

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Vote for your preference in the comments below!

– written by Sarah Schlichter

8 Responses to “Travel Toss-Up: Over-the-Top Architecture”

  1. Wendy says:

    Barcelona, definitely

  2. Ginger says:

    Been to both and altho very different from each other, both are indeed impressive.

  3. Deborah Sampson says:

    Been to Barcelona. Spectacular and I wouldn’t turn down another trip there, but I haven’t been to Dubai and I would love to experience it.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Barcelona for sure!!!

  5. Host Ciao says:

    Barcelona without hesitation. This is a town I would love to visit again. I thoroughly enjoyed that stop on my Spain/Portugal tour. Of course, I have to admit I enjoyed the whole tour!
    However, as usual, at my age and finances Italy 2015 beckons (unless my $2 a week ever wins the lotter).
    A presto,
    Host Ciao

  6. MARY says:

    Barcelona! Luckily I will be there in April 2015.

  7. Valerie says:

    Barcelona. It is very hard to feel “on vacation” in the Middle East.

  8. Colleen says:

    Barcelona….been waiting too long. Dubai is manufactured; not my thing, though I hear raves!!

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