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May292014

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Small-Group Mediterranean Sea Sailing Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The "tour" was great. Our skipper was a nice guy from the UK who was very knowledgeable and funny. We were out on the Mediterranean a full two hours. Only problem was while we were driven to the start location by the tour company, we were NOT picked up afterwards. This is the first time ever that we weren't taken and returned. While it worked out ok because we had a general idea where we were and how to get back, we would have been EXTREMELY upset had it been a rainy day or had kids in tow or somewhere else to be under a time pressure. This little fact (no return to office) should be made crystal clear on the Viator website.

May282014

Tour/Activity

Tarragona and Sitges Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This would have been a wonderful tour had it not been disgusting weather the day we went. Rain, rain, and more rain. Ugh.

May272014

Tour/Activity

Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Barcelona, Spain

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

My Review

Well, dinner (buffet) was adequate. Choices clearly labeled as to what was in dishes, and the food was pretty good. Good variety. Show was ok. No explanation of what the flamenco story line was so it seemed like a lot of angry faces, loud stomping, and really poor male singing. Way too long. Half hour would have been enough. Saw flamenco in Seville on Gate 1 tour, which was much better.

May262014

Tour/Activity

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip was SO worth our time. There are many trails to hike, and we (luckily) happened to choose one that took about an hour of our time and wasn't too strenuous (of course, that's relative). The paths are made of stone so it's not a good place to hike with a stroller. Better to put the baby in a harness on your back. The vistas are just gorgeous. We opted for the cable car option, which was fun. There are funiculars at the top that take you even higher, if you want to go. We did not choose to do that, and noticed that not very many people did. Consequently, if you want to do that, no lines. We were able to hear the children's choir, which was fun -- if only to say we heard it. They sing two. The cathedral was extremely crowded (standing room only). We stood at the back where we were able to hear well, take some photos, and we left before the end of the 2nd hymn -- thus allowing us to hit the bathrooms before the rest of the crowd came tumbling out. The gift shop is large and extensive. All in all, a good use of our time.

May262014

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Museum Pass

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Because I hadn't realized that every museum in the place was closed on Mondays, I did not get to use this to any advantage. However, it is a good deal if you are able to visit most of the museums that are covered. Don't buy this on line ahead of time. Wait until you get there. Had I done that I would not have wasted my money, not knowing about Mondays in Barcelona.

May262014

Tour/Activity

Gaudí’s La Pedrera at Night: A Behind-Closed-Doors Tour in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A top-notch experience! Highly recommended. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. The rooftop is unforgettable, especially at night. We had plenty of time to wander and take photos. A real highlight of our Barcelona trip. They had cava/champaigne and cookies for us afterwards -- and again, didn't seem to be in a hurry to have us leave. Very nice. Only disappointment was that the gift shop was closed! They could have made $ from our group.

May262014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Gaudi's Casa Batlló Ticket with Audio Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Loved this tour although the fact that it was raining the day I went put a damper on the outside part (on the roof). Still Gaudi is a delight for the senses! Highly recommend.

May252014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Another of Barcelona's must-do's. This is good whether you take the guided tour (which I did this time) or opt for the audio tour (which I did my first visit in 2013). Our guide this year was informative and did not hurry us. You get more details if you do the audio tour, but having done that too, it can be information overload. The gift shop here is wonderful!

May242014

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: East to West Route

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a great option to orient yourself for the first day of arrival. Be careful though, as while I was waiting in line to board, my cell phone and small change purse filled with euros, was lifted from my bag. Don't ask me how. I'm a New Yorker so am used to being vigilant. We are still scratching our heads over that one.

Jun042013

Tour/Activity

Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a terrific way to spend the day. Our guide, Rosa, was wonderfully informative. Girona is a pretty city with a lovely "old" area. The Dali museum is a visual delight. Figueres is very quaint and the only thing I would have liked would have been another hour to wander the streets there.

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