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Published: June 26th 2017
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Up bright and early some numb skull rang Stephens phone then my phone at 4 am let them ring once then hung up, thanks for that!
Andrea and Garry wandered down to our hotel and we organised hop on hop off bus tickets. Stop is across the road from our hotel - first bus was full so had to wait ten minutes for the next one, got ourselves settled and wired for sound and sat back to enjoy the trip. We had decided that we had two must sees for the day the basilica de la Sagrada Familia and the Barcelona football ground. Had to change buses to get onto the right route for our choices, which involved another queue and wait and arrived at the basilica at around midday, took a few pics, used the most disgusting loo ever seen and got pounced on by a tour group operator offering guided tours. After a little bit of discussion decided we were here to see it so paid our money and tour was arranged for 1pm. A quick lunch and we met up with the 19 other people on our group.....important because there was 23 of us, when we
got to the gate the guide only had tickets for 20 of us, so our front of queue tour involved a 20 minute wait....less than impressed!
Once inside the guide hiked us through at jogging pace so missed the museum at the beginning and then we spent ages outside looking at the back facade whilst he explained each and every intricate detail, in very heavily accented English spoken very rapidly, so probably caught every third word. We went inside for a similar talk, before heading out to the front facade for the final part of the tour. It's an unusual place, can't really decide if I like it or not, parts of it are really cool, parts look like they don't fit with other parts and some look to be pure fantasy. Church meets Lewis Carroll and 'Through the Looking Glass'.
By the time we are finished the tour and the bus made its way to the Barcelona football stadium it was way too late for us to stop as we had a Tapas Tour booked for 5.30pm. So it was a quick run home for a change of clothes and back to the Rambla for our tour.
What an awesome
night, would highly recommend to anyone who was in Barcelona looking for a fun evening, great food, booze, met some neat people and the guide was good fun and informative. He took us to the Tapas bars where the locals hang out so was off the tourist route and was much better for it.
Did get a little lost trying to find our way home, bit concerning but a nice young chap walking his dog gave us a point in the right direction and we eventually re found tourist Mecca!
Stephen and I had a wee cocktail up at rooftop bar at our hotel, bit bloody cold at 10.30pm to be drinking a frozen piña colada needed a cup of tea afterward to warm up then to bed at a reasonable hour for the first time since getting here!
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