The Harrington’s are a lovely couple from LA. John has recently had a knee surgery, so he can’t walk for too long but they still wanted to make sure that they wouldn’t miss anything and that they’ll make the most out of their short time in Barcelona before taking a cruise. So after reviewing a few different options, they decided to book a full day chauffeured tour. Way to go!

The driver and I met them at 10AM at their hotel by the beach, and we first headed towards the Hill of Montjuic. It’s a great way to get a first contact with the city: admiring the views from the top of the hill! We also stopped at the Olympic Stadium and the area of the 1929 World Fair, for quick photo shots.SAMSUNG

Next we crossed the Eixample District and took them to the Old Town. When my guests have walking issues, I usually prefer to do the Gothic Quarter early in our tour when their energy levels are still high. We visited the Cathedral, admiring the marvelous wooden choir, the gorgeous side chapels, and learning about the cruel tortures our first patron saint, Saint Eulalia, endured under the Romans. We also saw the geese at the cloister, as always sunbathing by their pool.

We then took a light walk around the Gothic Quarter, seeing plazas, medieval palaces and patios, and taking a seat whenever was possible.

Back to the car, we headed next to Passeig de Gràcia to see the inspiring Block of Disagreement, where the architects Gaudi, Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Muntaner created three unique modernist buildings that rivaled each other at the turn of the 1900’s.

It was now time for lunch – the morning had flown so quickly! I took them to one of my favorite tapas bars, were we tried some delicious traditional tapas and also some seasonal chef creations. I love this place! And the Harrington’s agreed it had been a wonderful meal!

After lunch, we visited the nearby Casa Milà, by Gaudi. Wonderful rooftop with fantastic chimneys and great vistas, an attic with fascinating arches and an exhibit about Gaudi’s technique, and a lovely apartment furnished with antiques that show you how people leaved in the early 1900’s.

IMG_20130723_183104And next was time for Gaudi’s masterpiece: the Sagrada Familia church! John and Sandy were grateful to be with me and skip the lines when they saw the crowds queuing to go in!

Words don’t make justice to describe such an impressive church, that doesn’t look like any other you’ve ever seen before. We spent a long time exploring all its secrets and admiring the impressive interiors, and of course, taking lots of pictures.

The last stop of our tour was Park Guell. John said it was easier for him to walk upstairs rather than going down, so we started our visit from the bottom, at the main entrance. The colorful pavilions inspired in gingerbread houses make you feel like you are in a fairy tale. We walked up the stairs to see the famous fountain of the dragon, then crossed the columns room planned to host the market of what was conceived to be a gated community once. We finally arrived to the central plaza. We sat on the ceramic bench to keep discussing the Park, and I took pictures of them with the views over the city in the background. On the way back to the car, I chose a path that minimized the number of stairs down, so John felt comfortable.

We spent the last ride back to the hotel remembering the best moments of our day together, and I also gave them a few ideas for dinner and for what to do next morning before they boarded the ship.

It had been a glorious day!

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