Pre-tour Barcelona
This was my 6th Rick Steves' tour, but this time
I didn't know anyone.  Poor me, I thought.  I
was the only solo traveler among the group of
nine married couples.

While waiting for the connecting flight to
Barcelona at the Philadelphia Airport, I took
out the Rick Steves' orange sheet to review
directions to the first hotel.  The woman who
was sitting nearby asked me if I was going on a
Rick Steves' tour.  That's how I met Lois and
Joe.  They were also going to Barcelona a day
early for the same tour.  How reassuring to find
such nice travel companions right away!
As soon as our luggage was stowed away at our hotel, we walked to the
Ramblas and had our breakfast in the Boqueria Market.  I wanted to visit
Montjuic and Parc Guell before our tour started, because there was rain in
our forecasts.  Three of us took the metro to Montjuic and visited the Miro
Museum and the Catalan Art Museum.  We especially enjoyed the Miro
Museum.
The next morning we took a bus to Parc Guell.  This colorful park is located at the center of
an unfinished housing project which Antoni Gaudi­ designed in early 1900's.  It was overcast,
but we were greeted by the nice view of Barcelona.  We could even see Gaudi's famous
Sagrada Familia in the distance.
September 15th - 16th
To further immerse ourselves in Barcelona's Modernista architecture, we then visited the quintessential Casa Mila .  With our museum cards, we avoided the long line of school
children.  Crazy roof-top with chimneys resembling faces!  From there we could see Sagrada Familia a little bit closer.