Park Guell was our next stop. And it was a fascinating one! Gaudi and one of his financial supporters planned to build a vast estate development with huge common areas designed by Gaudi. Only two of the houses were actually built (the other buyers backed out), but the common areas became Park Guell, named after Gaudi's financial supporter. It is unique, to say the least. The ceramic-encrusted benches and decor are very colorful and unusual. Our guide pointed out that money was short because the other buyers had backed out, so Gaudi went to ceramic shops and bought leftover pieces cheaply. Then, with recycled materials (you will see plates and glass bottles included), he decorated the pieces at Guell Park. We really enjoyed seeing it and hearing the history behind it.
Then off to the Montjuic area. That is where buildings from the 1972 Olympics are located, along with the Joan Miro museum and the Museum of Catalyan art. But, first and foremost is the Palace of the former king of Spain.
Per our request, Armando dropped us off at the Picasso Museum in the downtown Barcelona area. We toured it but didn't like it as well as the Montserrat museum or the museum at our first cruiseship excursion in Ceret, France, which was having a special Picasso exhibit (you will have to wait for that report).
Then more tapas! The second place recommended by our hotel personnel was Berriketa, located at Gran Via 596, a couple of blocks away. Again, we got there too early for the crowds, but I happen to like the solitude, where you can hear yourself talk. Getting old, I guess - can't hear too well anymore! They were just setting up their tapas buffet when we arrived, so all of the food was perfectly fresh. AND delicious! Another bottle of cava, of course! I like that stuff!
Barcelona - 4th Day
Our cruise ship, the Wind Spirit, was boarding at 3 p.m., so we had the morning. Bill was anxious to see the Joan Miro Museum (which we had no time for yesterday), so after breakfast, he taxied over there. I stayed at the hotel to pack and catch up on my trip report. The hotel had WiFi, so I wanted to do as much as I could before we left.