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The Chang were arriving to Barcelona in the morning to board a cruise, but they didn’t want to miss the opportunity to explore the city before their cruise started.

So they contacted me and I arranged for a driver to pick them up at the airport and take them to the city, where I was waiting for them to show them around.

We started the tour driving around the Hill of Montjuic, past the 1929 World Fair area and the 1992 Olympic facilities, then stopped to see the city views. We could even see their ship, that had already docked! How exciting!

Next I took them to the Gothic Quarter, were we explored the origins of Barcelona: the Roman ruins, the Cathedral of Saint Eulàlia, and the medieval alleys, squares and mansions. I’ve always found this area fascinating.

Next we drove up Passeig de Gràcia, the main street of the Eixample district. We stopped to see the outside of Casa Batlló at the Block of Disagreement, but missed Casa Milà because this year it’s being restored and it’s covered in scaffolding.

I had saved the best for last: we finally arrived to Gaudi’s masterpiece: the Sagrada Familia church! We skipped the line and went straight to the tickets office to get the tickets and go in right away. The Chang were delighted with all the intricate details of the façades and the cool stories I was telling them, and they got goosebumps when we entered the church together. It’s such an impressive building! It’s amazing how Gaudi could design this one hundred years ago, knowing that he wouldn’t live long enough to see it built!

We could have spent hours inside, but it was time to go. We headed to the waterfront and drove past the Olympic Village and the Barceloneta beaches before dropping them at the pier. What a wonderful morning it had been!

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