Friday 17th May, 2013
Today is fine and we went to breakfast about 10:15am in a restaurant just around the corner. At breakfast we met a couple from Australia who were starting on a cruise round the Mediterranean today and an American/Canadian couple who had just finished a cruise. After breakfast we walked up and bought our two day tickets for the open topped tourist bus as we had decided to see the sights from the bus and get off when we wanted to. We stood on a queue that stretched for about 200-300 metres and took some time (about ½ an hour) to get on the Blue Line bus. Out through the city to the north, we passed a number of stops before we hopped off at the stop for Park Guell, the Gaudi masterpiece high on a hill overlooking the city. We walked up the hill, stopping to have an ice cream on the way (sadly not Fan Ice from Togo) and walked through the park soaking up the atmosphere along with about another 50,000 people. We took a couple of hours to walk around the park and it was quite beautiful with many different viewing points and amazing creations. This park had originally been developed as a housing estate but it never took off (probably because it was too far from the city) but the legacy is that it is still parkland and is stunning. After we finished there, we walked back down and caught the bus along to the next place we were stopping – the FC Barcelona football club – iconic is hardly the word. We decided that we were going to do the “Camp Nou” experience. This included seeing the club museum and all the cups and trophies, the history of the club as well as visiting the dressing rooms, sitting in the boxes and the stands and also having a close look at the pitch. We saw the Spanish Cup they had won just last weekend. We had our photo “taken” with Leo Messi, the best player in the world we are told, so it was all good. After the tour, we looked through the club shop, then headed back to the bus for the last bit of our day before we went out to dinner and then bed. Weather was still cool today only about 18C, but fine.