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Oct142013

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Barcelona Museum Pass

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Definitely a good idea to get this pass if you are doing an art excursion in Barcelona. The $40 U.S. I paid covered 5 museums. It was supposed to cover 6, but when I got there one was closed for renovations. Still a good deal. Not so much for the few dollars saved but mostly because I was able to bypass the lines at a couple of them--Picasso and Miro museus especially. What would be an even greater benefit would be for Viator to get La Sagrada Familia onboard with them. I neglected to get tickets for that venue before leaving the U.S. and had some difficulty securing them beforehand when I got to Barcelona. Thank God I was able to, because the lines were positively ridiculous and I wouldn't have bothered with the place had I have had to stand in line.

Feb222013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Paris Catacombs Small-Group Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

Connor, the tour guide, was not really up to the task. He told us that the last bones were sent to the Catacombs just after the French Revolution. When I saw a sign on the wall indicating that bones from a certain cemetery were placed there in 1859 he seemed surprised. And acknowledged, of course, that the sign was not a mistake. Actually there are many signs down there that announce bodies buried there in 1859. Connor needs to do some research and read all the inscriptions on the walls.

Connor also told us that the remains of Louis XVI were transferred to the Catacombs. I don't think so. I'm not sure Connor knows much about French history. When someone asked if the skulls of people were smaller back then he was unable to give an answer. Someone then suggested that perhaps some of the smaller skulls on view belonged to children. Connor is not on the ball. He should be better informed.

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