Day 1: ATL-BCN arrive @ 0800 with deboarding, passport control and Roadalie train to Passeig de Gracia. Bought T-10 at Tobacco shop with cash, CC could have been used. Transferred to T2 via airport bus. Yes, Roadalie is an alternative to travel to Barcelona with locals and excellent people watching. Cost for two: 2 T-10 trips. Walk to Eco Hostal Grau. Good choice for location and staff assistance. Book a very small room in the back for quiet respite. Arrived near 1000-1030. Luggage check and we are on way for Barri Gotic and Waterfront Walks. Tried to follow RS Barri Goti. Sleep in late afternoon for several hours. Did we eat? Jet lag-I do not remember. Receipt state we went to Lidl, La Flauta, and Bar Centric. Did we over-eat? Lidl for empanadas in am (picked up this habit in Portugal), La Flauta tapas and service were good, and Bar Centric has a limited tapa menu and an unlimited drink menu. Probably did over eat! Damn, the street cleaner goes by the front of Hostal Grau at least 3 times @ 0300. Our city street cleaner comes by at most three times a year during daylight hours.
Day 2: Pre paid The Sagrada Familia tour @ 1000. Easy access via Metro Univeristat. We had no PDF attachment on our email. I know, I look prior and after. Still, no pdf. The staff fixed it. The security is a bit slow. Where to meet for the tour was confusing. The tour guide was EXCELLENT. OMG, this site requires multiple visit to enjoy the cathedral and museum. Unless you are able to shop all day. Not us!
Pre paid Park Guell in early afternoon. Spontaneous visits can still occur at Hospital del la Santa Creu or Recinte modernist...
We are healthcare providers, we found the new hospital campus interesting too! One helicopter is too much! OMG, everyone has to be transported. Since I transported over water with the door open and no security line, I am not a fan of helicopters.
We enjoyed walking to the top of Park Guell. The paid area we could have skipped and utilized professional pictures. Others recommend a guided tour of the area. I would suggest looking into your options.
We did enjoy the walk down the hill to the metro stop. The area is definitely local. We received the stares: "Are your sure you are where you want to be?" Very safe. Post teens assisted us in finding the stop. "Right down the stairs!" I tried to ask in Spanish and their response was clearly English. Then, down the modern station's elevator (this is the only option) on the yellow line to Park Guell stop for their new bus. Alfons X was nearly empty. As was the bus. The park was busy.
We took the bus back to Passeig de Gracia. I enjoyed the scenic ride. Bus travel is full. Utilized T-10. We arrived at our stop and I said this is a Moderistic building. It was on Avinguda Diagonal. I will find it's name.
Yes, 3 sites plus eating can be done. I all most forgot, in the evening we went to Palace of Catalan Music for a Spanish Guitar and Flamenco. It was a well staged act with changing between music, male dance, female dance, partner dance and additional
musicians. The wooden stage echos the footwork. Sound is excellent and lights were well done. On Day 3 we are going to the scheduled tour of the Palace.
A busy Day 2. The concert was only offered on Tuesday of the week we were in town. Due to priorities had to jump in for a busy day and evening. This is why we dropped in at Bar Centric next to our hotel for a couple tapas and wine. It was not too busy but locals kept filtering in. As the week went on this bar was packed. Another guest of Hostal Grau noted the hostal's WI-FI would pick up here.
Day 3 scheduled site is Palace of Catalan Music at 0900. The tour was a bit sparse. A film and a brief tour. For us, it is helpful to have an individual give us verbal information regarding the story behind the building. The light enters the windows day and night to give the glass and ...