My husband being a huge footie fan and that of the Barca Football Club, could not resist the chance to visit Camp Nou Museum Experience. Add in the fact that our 8 year old is a Leo Messi fan and well you have a man day in the making. I was just along for the ride, hoping to do a little shoe shopping after.
This visit was one of the main things we wished to see, We had heard that the queue to just get the tickets could be long, so we bought our tickets online via Viator before we left. If you do purchase before hand, make sure you double check the your info. We had to pick up our tickets are a local travel agent before we got to the Stadium. We were staying near Las Rambles and the office was close by, so this was not problem. We decided to go on Sunday when it opened at 10am. This was also Palm Sunday, so not sure if it made a difference, but the queue for the tickets was fairly short and there were also not that many people on the tour. For much of the tour, we were pretty much on our own, so that was nice. We were able to get some great shots of the stadium and take the tour at our own pace.
The museum itself it awesome, filled with the history of this great team of more than 100 years. Seeing the equipment that the players wore and the changes to the equipment over the years was very interesting. The history and the heritage was just amazing and understanding Barcelona's pride in this amazing team was very touching.
When you entered the stadium you could imagine the crowd cheering and our son pretended to be Messi as he came out of the tunnel to the pitch. You could not go out on the field, but you did get to go down to it and view the stadium from the sidelines.
After you were treated to a great multimedia area with several interactive videos about the team and their players, as well as videos of key plays from games of the clubs. You feel the thrill of these games, though you were not even there. I, myself, was in awe and I am not a huge fan. Great tour!
I am a huge, huge Gaudi fan, I just love his style and design and La Pedrera is one of my favorite buildings. This was our second time to Barcelona and I was unable to tour it last time so this time I decided it was a must see. I found this tour via Viator and when I noticed it was a night time tour I figured this was the way to go. Our tour guide was very good, she had excellent knowledge about the building's history and about Gaudi himself. La Pedrera is a spectacular building and the apartment we saw was just beautiful. There were no angles, just an ever shifting flow of wavy circular walls. I know if I lived there I would never want to move. The attic and the roof top were really the true treats. In the attic space you could see where Gaudi used inspiration from nature to create his buildings. The attic walls had the appearance of a spine and ribs of a whale. The rolling roof top and the centurion looking chimneys appeared to be standing guard of the building. We noticed that from one of the outlooks on the roof and arch seemed to be framing Sagrada Família, Gaudi's current work in progress and probably masterpiece. It is too much of coincidence for it to be accidental and was probably by design to highlight his next work that was financed by this building. After the tour we were treated to a glass of Cava and chance to spend time in one the buildings courtyards. it was a great night and a highly enjoyable tour.
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