Barcelona June 2013 Trip Report

Old Jun 20th, 2013, 04:05 PM
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Even stuffed full of empanadas we doubted we'd pass for a group, so dutifully queued up. - chortle

Loving the pics - specially the monks with ipad
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 04:08 PM
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fantastic report! i leave for barcelona for the first 3 days, then the last night of a 9 day trip...one week from today! timing is everything
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 04:34 PM
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Thank you Eigasuki and Cheryl. I'm self-indulgent enough that I would probably write this anyway for my own enjoyment, but it's lovely to know that people are finding it entertaining or useful. Btw, the monks was one of my fave pics too
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 06:33 PM
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do you think we should purchases tickets for la sagrada familia in advance?
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 11:14 PM
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Very good idea to buy online tickets in advance for La Sagrada Familia (and the other Gaudí sights if you plan for more). Could save you for very long waits in line. http://visit.sagradafamilia.cat/?lang=en

Ans I also recommend to add an extra 2-3€ to get a guided tour. Several tours in English every day. I thought I knew a lot about both Gaudí and the church before I visited a couple of months ago, but the excellent guide provided info and impressions which added very much and made it a very powerful experience.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 12:09 AM
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Great report w/lovely pix. I must go back - I was at Sagrada Familia a few yrs ago before it was finished so want to see the inside (also peaked my interest by recent report on 60 Minutes program).
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 03:19 AM
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I'm trying to remember if there was some reason we didn't book online (apart from not thinking of it!!) - I would just check that the pricing is the same before doing go ahead, that's the only caveat that comes to mind for me. Other than that it would definitely be great to beat the queues on a hot day when your feet have already been half way round Barcelona.

Btw, originally we had planned to go the full modernist walk as set out in Lonely Planet Discover Barcelona, but after just three buildings mojitos were calling.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 03:57 AM
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The online tickets are about 1,50€ more (13,50/14.80 for just the entrance-18/19,60 for the guided tour). When we were there at 3pm on a weekend in early May it was at least a 200 meter queue.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 04:15 AM
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Brava! Very enjoyable.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 07:29 AM
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the online pricing seems to suggest that there is a family discount of 25% (same for students), but doesn't offer a tower visit. does that sound right? perhaps i'll reserve once we get to spain?
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 04:38 PM
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Saturday.

Showered and packed by 10:00am, kisses exchanged, goodbyes said.

Second set of goodbyes said when a knock at the door 10 minutes later revealed Tommy couldn't get out of the apartment block as the foyer was locked at weekends. Oops!

I handed the keys back to Ignacio and headed for the bakery round the corner where I had a pastry and café con leche while writing postcards. Lovely relaxing hour or two watching the world go by. Tried to buy stamps at a newsagents, but was told emphatically 'no'. In luck at the second where they responded 'si' to my request for 'cinco cellos'. The shop assistant disappeared out the back momentarily while I looked for my purse....which went straight back in my pocket as they returned with five huge bags of ice! Eventually worked out that I needed a tobacconist, not a newsagent, and managed to get my stamps purchased, stuck on my cards, then the whole lot deposited in a lemon yellow postbox.

I walked back through the parc de la ciutadella. The gryphon fountains were on, and lots of people were taking a weekend stroll. Beautiful day. Made several stops to sit on shady benches and watch the parrots vying with the pigeons for morsels of food dropped by passers by.

Eventually made my way back to the station after a brief wander round the Born. Had a lovely 7 euro lunch of bread, extra virgin olive oil, spaghetti with beef and Spanish peppers, and home-made lemonade in the grand old restaurant at Estacio de Franca. Read Val McDermid on my Kindle and drank coffee until it was time to board the train.

No sleep on the way back as I was next to a snorer. Checking Facebook updates I noticed that Tommy was safely home without further interference from French air traffic control, but only after being caught up in a terrorist scare as a plane was diverted to Prestwick and escorted in by fighter jets!

Home to a curry, mountain of post and leisurely upload of holiday pics. Barcelona we love you!
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 05:02 AM
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Few last thoughts on Barcelona.

Very walkable city. Traffic is extremely respectful of pedestrians. Public transport is clean, efficient and cheap if your legs get tired.

Food and drink are varied, delicious and very good value.

People are for the most part friendly ad helpful. Crime does not have to be an issue if you are vigilant.

This is a world class city and you would be mad not to go.

Finishing with a few of Tommy's pics. Enjoy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4945230...7634264564676/
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 07:13 AM
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Nice report. Feel like I was there.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 07:18 AM
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Thanks for the nice report on my favorite city.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 07:29 AM
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great report
"scorchio" wonderful
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 08:06 AM
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Fabulous trip report -- many thanks! We go for the first time next March.

I can imagine the monks picture in National Geographic.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 09:13 AM
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Tyvm for all your kind comments.
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boundless thanks for this - will be in Barna for 3 days next month and this is of enormous help! Our apartment is in the same area, on Ausias Marc.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 09:45 AM
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If you go to La Tasqueta de Blai have a mojito for me Seamus
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Old Jun 23rd, 2013, 06:10 AM
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Really super report and nice pictures. Thank you!
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