Apr 18, 2020 — Apr 26, 2020

Barcelona: Art, Culture & People

With Ambassador Heather Hodges

About the Trip

Fantastical architecture, ancient history, flavorful cuisine and the spirited Catalán culture are yours to enjoy on this seven-night adventure based in the seaside city of Barcelona. Feel time rewind as you meander your way through the Barri Gòtic, where medieval Barcelona flourished within Roman city walls. Delight in colorful Parc Güell and legendary Sagrada Familía, both designed by celebrated architect Antoni Gaudí. Walk in the footsteps of avant-garde artist Pablo Picasso who spent his formative years here. Immerse yourself in Catalán life as you stroll leafy boulevards and cook traditional dishes with a Catalán chef. In the nearby mountains at Montserrat, visit a Benedictine monastery tucked among the unusual rock formations, and sip cava, Spain’s sparkling wine, at a tasting in the Penedès region. Ideal for active travelers, this small-group program features first-class accommodations, exclusive lectures, and a generous meal plan, including wine with dinner.  Special meetings will be arranged by Ambassador (ret.) Heather Hodges, President and Ambassador-in-Residence of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

$3,640 per person plus airfare – a savings of $500 per person if you book by March 4!

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About the Lecturer

Heather Hodges was sworn in at the Department of State as U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador on July 15, 2008 and presented her credentials to President Rafael Correa on October 2, 2008. Prior to this appointment she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Director General. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Moldova from September 2003 to May 2006. Ambassador Hodges joined the Foreign Service in 1980 and was assigned to Caracas, Venezuela. Following Caracas, she served in Guatemala and later in Washington as Peru Desk Officer. In 1987, Ms. Hodges received a Pearson Fellowship to work in the U.S. Congress, where she was counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Affairs. In January 1989, she became Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Bilbao, Spain. In 1991, she returned to Washington to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Cuban Affairs. In 1993, Ms. Hodges was assigned to Managua, Nicaragua, as Deputy Chief of Mission. From August 1996 to June 1997, Ms. Hodges participated in the Department of State's Senior Seminar, a leadership program for select members of the Foreign Service. She served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Lima, Peru, from July 1997 to May 2000 and was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, from June 2000 to July 2003. Before she left Spain, the Spanish government awarded Ms. Hodges the Spanish decoration of “Isabel la Catolica – Encomienda de Numero” for her contributions to Spanish-U.S. relations. Similarly, the Government of Moldova presented her with the Award of Honor in 2006, and the same year she was awarded a Presidential Meritorious Service Award. Ambassador Hodges is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the College of St. Catherine, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an M.A. from New York University and speaks fluent Spanish. The Cleveland Council on World Affairs appointed Heather Hodges as President and Ambassador in Residence in November 2011.  She left the Foreign Service in September 2011 after 31 years of service. She is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and became a member of the Advisory Council of Rainforest Trust in May 2015.

  • “Ambassador Heather Hodges was a breath of fresh air. Her lectures were well-received and very interesting.”

    Nancy Murray, OR

  • “A great trip to one of the most wonderful and beautiful cities in the world. I learned so much."

    Donald Nielsen, OR