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Madrid and Barcelona - November

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We are planning 9 days in Madrid and Barcelona this November. Older DD (age 20) is on study abroad in Madrid, so DH, 18 year old DD and I are going to visit during Thanksgiving week.

Itinerary is: arrive Barcelona Friday morning (the week before Thanksgiving); Friday - Tuesday morning in Barcelona; fly to Madrid early Tuesday morning; Tuesday - Sunday morning in Madrid (including at least one day trip); flight home from Madrid early Sunday morning.

Study-abroad-DD will be with us in Barcelona. Once we go to Madrid she will resume going to class, but will stay with us so we'll see her morning and evening. I've booked apartments in El Born in Barcelona (through Habitat) and Barrio de las Letras in Madrid (through Spain Select), based on advice I've read on other threads here (thanks Fodorites, as always!) I've done lots of research and have many questions! I'll start with Barcelona, and questions about off-peak visiting, which is hard to get information about.

1. I know it's important during peak travel season to book ahead for the Gaudi sites. Will that be necessary in late November? I'd prefer to play it by ear if possible, especially the first day or two, since travel and jet lag are unpredictable. But I also want to avoid spending a lot of time waiting in line, as I feel we barely have enough time in Barcelona as it is. Does anyone know whether we should expect lines at Casa Batllo, Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell Monument Zone at this time of year? Does the answer vary depending on the site, so that we could play some by ear but must book ahead for others? Keeping in mind that we will be there Friday-Monday.

2. Same question about lines for Picasso museum during free admission period on Sunday afternoon.

3. We'd like to experience the "Sunday in the park" scene in Barcelona. Will there be a Sunday in the park scene at this time of year? If so, which park is best - Parc de la Ciutadella? Parc Guell? Before lunch or after? (By the way, I regret that we won't have a Sunday in Madrid and so will miss the El Rastro-lunch in La Latina-afternoon in El Retiro scene. Nothing to be done. DD has experienced it, so we will live vicariously through her for now!).

4. Can we see the sardana at this time of year? If so, is noon in front of the Cathedral on Sunday the best time to catch it?

I will have many restaurant questions also (I have researched restaurants until my head spins!), but will start with these for now. Thanks in advance for all advice!

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