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Barcelona Planning

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A few months back, we jumped at the opportunity to visit Barcelona with the boys over the Christmas break. It's been a long time since we've traveled internationally together, and we're looking forward to the experience with two young adults. Larry and I were last in Spain more than 25 years ago, so we're clearly overdue for a return. Since we have such a short time on the ground, we're thinking of this as a first look at Barcelona, with the thought to return another time in combination with an additional week in the Catalan countryside. We have some destinations in place, but the only things we're really tied to are the timed entry to Sagrada Familia, and a walking tour.

We're flying Iberia Boston-Madrid, have a two hour layover, and then the short hop to Barcelona. We arrive Christmas morning, so we'll have a quiet day to adjust to the time change and acclimate ourselves. Stores will be closed, so we're bringing things like crackers, peanut butter, pasta, instant coffee to tide us over if needed. We've rented apartment 44 from BCNGotic, which several friends have recommended. It's in the Born, one of the older neighborhoods and convenient to much of what we want to do during our too-short stay. http://en.bcngotic.com/apartment/barcelona/bcngotic-44_h_19.aspx

Tuesday--Arrival, Christmas Day

Luckily there's no one in the apartment the day before, so we can get in as soon as we arrive.

We've booked lunch at a simple place nearby, Origens. http://www.lallavordelsorigens.com/Restaurantes.php?len=en

A few things are open that afternoon, or we might just nap and then take a stroll, then have tapas for dinner, there should be a few places open nearby.


Wednesday

After we pry the boys out of bed, we'll do one or two of the neighborhood walks from our guidebook. Pop into the nearby history museum.
http://www.bcn.cat/museuhistoriaciutat/es/muhba_placa_del_rei.html

Lunch booked at Senyor Parelladra http://www.senyorparellada.com/sitio/ingles/parellada.html

Wednesday afternoon, we'll head up to Casa Battlo. We bought our tickets online.
http://www.casabatllo.es/ca/
We'll pick up groceries on the way back. No dinner plans, we'll see what we feel like.

Thursday

Morning run to La Boqueria Market. Looking forward to buying goodies (Dan is planning on eating jamon at every opportunity) and trying for seats at one of the mouthwatering-sounding places to eat there. http://www.boqueria.info/index.php?lang=en

We'll see what we feel like doing during the day. Perhaps just walking around, perhaps the Museum of the History of Catalonia, which people have said is very well done. http://www.en.mhcat.cat/

From 4-8, we have a walking tour booked with My Favorite Things. They're doing a combination tour for us, with a mix of history, food, wine, popular culture, local things. A private tour for 4 was very reasonable, and they get good reviews. http://www.myft.net/barcelona-tours/walking-tours.html

Friday

Booked 11:00 entry tickets for Sagrada Familia. The boys want to go up to the towers, I'm happy to roam around with the audioguide. http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/index.php

Lunch somewhere, then perhaps we'll walk and gawk at some of the Modernesme Route of Art Nouveau buildings. http://www.rutadelmodernisme.com/default.aspx?idioma=en&contenido=body_queeslarutaen.htm

or, 4 pm Moderne tour through tourist office? http://bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com/Barcelona-Walking-Tours-Modernisme/_vf-SMlY1yIuKQTV1aq49kAo1OWJ1ZmyqsW8lMeMFwjmBy4iHT-xzYQ


Saturday-Sunday. Figure two destinations per day.


Sunday
11:00 advance tickets to La Pedrera

Ideas:
La Pedera/Casa Mila http://www.lapedrera.com/en/home
Chocolate Museum. http://www.museudelaxocolata.cat/
Boys want to go Camp Nou.http://www.fcbarcelona.com/camp-nou
I may instead head over to the nearby Museums of Textiles, Ceramics, Decorative Arts. http://www.dhub-bcn.cat/en/museums
Dan wants to go to the Picasso Museum, although friends have been disappointed with it. http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/
Another nearby market--Santa Caterina http://www.mercatsantacaterina.net/
Walking around Barceloneta, the old fisherman's area. Perhaps get a lunch reservation for Sunday.
Palau de la Musica. Sadly there aren't concerts of interest while we're there, may book a tour. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau_de_la_M%C3%BAsica_Catalana
Shopping--need to get saffron and Pimenton . Spice store next to the Santa Maria del Mar on Sombrerers 23 Casa Gisbert.

Return Monday. Sad.


Comments (1)

Judy:

Shannon introduced us to one of the most addictive snacks on earth when we were in Spain last year- ham flavored potato chips. You (or the boys) will find them everywhere, and they are amazing. Don't miss them. And enjoy your Gotic restaurants - we loved them!

I want to go with you!

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