Barcelona! Our tour meet-up was at 9am in Diversions. All of our other excursions have had 3 or 4 bus loads of people. This time we only needed one bus for just 12 people!
We first toured a bit of the waterfront and then we headed into town. While our tour didn't take us by any of the official 1992 Olympic venues, our guide did point out a lot of the housing that had been constructed for the athletes. He also mentioned that a significant section of the city was torn down and completely rebuilt for the Olympics. We found Barcelona to be a very clean, well-kept city. The people clearly take pride in their city!
We got off the bus for a closer look at Antoni Gaudi's La Segrada Familia; a project he started in the early 1800s and is still a good 20 years away from completion. You can see cranes and scaffolding in many of the photos.
Nearby they have a model of the completed chapel; that's Eugene, our tour guide with the model.
The architecture is unique and unusual to say the least (and I know very little about such things). Over the course of our tour we viewed the outside of two other Gaudi buildings. All very “curvy” and covered with very intricate designs. (Now I understand where we might have gotten the word “gaudy”.)
Our tour was called “Barcelona and Tapas”. We were all very pleasantly surprised with the tapas! We were ushered in to a restaurant where we were served water (bottled, of course), wine, and then the little plates started coming and coming and coming! We were so overwhelmed with the choices and busy eating we forgot to take pictures. Everything was delicious.
A few things we observed about Barcelona. The stop lights are focused on cross walks and not necessarily vehicle intersections. We noticed in several places that cars might block an intersection when stopped at a light, but would never block a pedestrian crosswalk.
Also, in addition to lots of smaller cars and tons of tour buses, many people use scooters and bicycles for transportation. In fact for people that live in Spain they can participate in a “bicycle borrowing” program. They pay for a pass that they use to unlock and borrow a bicycle, ride it as needed, and park back in one of the special racks.
Back at the ship, we had some time before the show and dinner. We were told that UPS would be available in the terminal from 4 to 8pm if we needed to ship any items which we did. They didn't show up until close to 6pm, but we were able to box up several things to avoid purchasing an extra suitcase (don't laugh; we've done it several times before).
We were a few minutes late to the final show, but hadn't missed much. A couple of the comedians led off the program followed by a “Remember the Magic” review which, of course, brings me to tears.
At dinner this evening, Anita arranged for a little anniversary celebration for Michael and me. A sweet ending to a wonderful vacation.
The previous post in this blog was Last Day at Sea -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 13.
The next post in this blog is Disembarkation and Barcelona Part 2 -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 14.