April 24-26, 2022
Barcelona, Spain, April 24-26, 2022
Our first meeting in 2022 will be held in the wonderful Mediterranean city in the southeast Spain…Barcelona. There are many reasons to visit Barcelona at this time of year. First is the weather….in its geographic location along the Spanish coast, the warm spring breezes bring the town to life, and it’s just about beach weather there at this time of year. So get out from the long winters in North America, and join us in this temperate location. Secondly, this city in the Catalonia region of Spain is known for some of the finest foods and wines in Europe, as well as some of the most spectacular art and architecture outside of my native Italy.
While there are several versions of ‘tapas’ in Spain, those of the Barcelona region have been deemed to be the best. The local seafood is fantastic, as are the wines. For the carnivores among us, the local meats are also quite special, with the jamon iberico and the jamon serrano topping the list. Top these meals off with the best red and white wines in west Europe, and you’ve got a perfect combination of fine dining outside in the tropical, but not hot, spring weather.
Out host hotel is in the heart of Barcelona, Hotel Colon. This is a wonderful hotel in the center of the pedestrian area of Barcelona, a few blocks away from Las Ramblas. The hotel sits across the square from the Cathedral of Barcelona, and its roof top spa, pool and bar offer commanding views of the cathedral, especially at night. From the hotel, you are 15 minutes by foot to some of the most unique areas of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter. A quick cab ride away is the Sagrada Familia, the amazing Basilica designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. While the exterior is quite unique, the interior, especially on a sunny day with the light coming through the stained glass, is something that you must see. Gaudi’s influence is all over the city….unique, interesting, complex are words that come to mind describing his work.
As mentioned, the host hotel is Hotel Colon, and you can contact them directly via this link for reservations: https://hotelcolonbarcelona.es/ or contact the hotel at firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Be certain to reference our group, CE in Italy/Europe for the discounted room rate. Be sure to peruse their website to get a feel for the beautiful location and amenities of the hotel.
A welcome reception will be held on the evening of April 24, 2022 at 6PM and continuing until 7:30PM. Continuing education will begin the following morning, April 25, 2022, promptly at 6:30AM, and continue until just after noon. A repeat of the CE schedule will occur on April 26, 2022 as well, completing our 12 hours of COPE approved CE.