We got Lachy up and were at the bus stop buying tickets by 9.30. There are three lines on the hop-on, hop-off service and we started on red which took us up to Catalunya square to the accompaniment of a whistling bird commentary by the voice-over guy for all the cathedrals and Vueling Airlines too.
We crossed the square and joined the blue line to our first destination, the Sagrada Familia. When we arrived we discovered a large queue. The second shock is the queue was for the 1.30 opening and it was only 11.15.
There was a Scottish couple in the queue ahead that we had a long conversation with, but I forgot about Lachy who was quite bored by the time we paid, so we wandered over the road for a long Maccas lunch to try and calm the beast. We hit the site shop at about 1 and as soon as it turned 1.30 passed into the basilica.
Wow, what an absolutely spectacular structure. I felt I was in some sort of futuristic sci-fi set. It is the most unusual church I have ever seen and I thought quite beautiful.
After lots of looking and pictures it was back on the bus to Park Guell.
It was a bit of a walk up the hill and when we got there it was another problem getting into the display area. Tickets for the 5pm slot which was too late for us. We had an expensive snack and then wandered back to the bus to complete the blue line back at Catalunya Square. We went into Le Cort Englaise and shopped for some pants for me, then up to the cafeteria for afternoon tea accompanied by spectacular city skyline views and then it was back to complete the red line circuit which completed in the cold windy dark. It dropped us back close to the apartment and we immediately found a port-side restaurant for some splash-up nosh to finish off our Barcelona experience.
Back to the apartment to pack and be ready for the taxi at 5 am.
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