We had rain most of the day. I don't blame anyone but mother nature for the bad weather, but it was miserable standing outside, huddled under umbrellas, while the guide spoke at length about the 17 neighborhoods, history, and architecture of Siena. I didn't hear much, and feel like I need a "do over" on this day trip. Guides need to have a plan for where to stop and stand with a group when it rains so the group doesn't get soaking wet while listening to lengthy explanations. San Gimignano and views were beautiful in spite of the rain. I also didn't expect the group to be so large as to fill a large bus. That said, the tour wasn't advertised to be a "small group" tour. Buyer be aware.
This tour was advertised as a "small group" day trip, so I was expecting a mini-van of no more than 8 people. However, there were at least 20 people in a bus. This larger group size prolonged the tour at Cadaques as only 8 people at a time could go into Dali's house. I think the term, "small group" is a bit of a misrepresentation. Group size aside, the tour was very interesting. Our guide, Anna, gave us entertaining and informative tidbits about Dali's life. It was clear she had done her research. Good job, Anna!
This tour de-mystified Barcelona for me. I gained a very clear understanding of the various sections of the city. The guide, Anna, shared a lot of very interesting information about the city's history and the socio-political dynamics. I really enjoyed this tour.
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