We ended with Picasso!

Spent the better part of the day on a walking tour of places important to Picasso and his life in Barcelona.

That includes the restaurant he frequented (The 4 Cats) and his frieze near the Cathedral as well as the Picasso Museum. The guide was amazing!

In the late afternoon we returned to the Gòtic area and visited Santa Maria delMar, the 14th century church built by the common people of Barcelona.

Took a final loop around the market and the Cathedral and had a delicious meal at Calente, a great tapas restaurant near our B&B!

We leave tomorrow morning. Back to Reality!

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I Do Love Barcelona!

Today we walked over 10 miles on 2 walking tours around Barcelona. This really got me acclimated to the city and gave me some historical perspectives on how this city developed. I can now see why people love it! This is an old city and one that has grown into itself over time.

We spent most of today in the medieval part of the city touring the part that dates back to the Romans. The Gaudi tour in the afternoon was fascinating and I am now a huge Gaudi fan! Our walking tour guides were knowledgeable and interesting.

The 15th century churches were a contrast to the 20th century works by Gaudi and his contemporaries. The Sagrada Familia is expected to be completed by 2026, one hundred years after Gaudi ‘s death.

Gaudi

Today we toured La Pedrera, an apartment building designed by Gaudi. Wow! Talk about modern and quirky! Very interesting. Last evening we did some walked in the Gòtic area, so I am posting some pictures from last night too. Ended with the beach (what else?) and a picnic in the park. Another good day!

Metro, Fundicular and cable cars

Today Matt and Emily had a sightseeing day on their own while we took the kids on an adventure! That means we tried different means of transportation to reach our destination.

Our destination was Montjuic (mountain of the Jews), the site of the 1992 Olympics and a fortress. We started with a walk to the metro, took 2 metro lines, took the fundicular up the hill, transferred to the cable car and walked the last bit to the fortress. An all day affair! Jacob loved the dungeon and the guns and cannons. Abby liked the metro (subway)!

We ended with a swim in the Mediterranean ( our everyday routine) and dinner with Matt and Emily in Los Ramblos! A very good day.