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Barcelona part 2

Sagrada familia and other Gaudi delights

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We started day 2 with the amazingly ostentatious church in progress since 1883!! They hope to have it completed by 2026 and it is a site to behold. Martin Luther would have a stroke but it was fun going up into the Nativity tower and climbing down the stairs. Luckily we booked our tickets early before the hoards of tourists arrived. We then did something we rarely do but enjoyed.. Rode around the city on the tourist bus!!! It gave us a good overview of the layout of the area, the Olympic venues, soccer stadium, and lots of Gaudi architecture.

The next day we headed up to Park Guell to explore Gaudi'scplanned community and walked along the Block of discord to see some more Gaudi houses! Finally we ended our evening with an incredible rooftop tapas dinner prepared by a young couple. They served a group of 16 of us from Austrailia, Germany, Greece, Estonia, England! After some wine we were all the best of friends! The food was amazing and it was so much fun learning about other people's travel experiences.

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The photos don't do justice to the setting but you can get an idea!

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I think I'm loving Barcelona

Spanish guitar trio and Flaminco

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We arrived in Barcelona with an uneventful train trip and took a quick can ride to our Air B and B condo. Everything was very nice and we gave a rooftop deck to sit on during the evenings.
It's really hot here even by Charleston standards but we are used to the heat luckily! After a walk through the downtown area, we headed to a guitar concert I got tickets mainly to see the concert venue believe it or not. The place was absolutely stunning and even though the music didn't start until 9 pm ( almost my bed time), we were absolutely enthralled by the performance and venue. The pictures don't do it justice.
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Madrid

Tapas and art

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Well Madrid has been an experience. The art is world class as we saw 3 art galleries with some amazing works in them.
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But.. Navigating Madrid has been difficult despite a great deal of world travel experience. The people we encountered were not helpful as a whole navigating the complex ticketing systems of the museums and food servers were very unfriendly and not helpful. The palace we toured was amazing and really did rival Versailles! 90_02B6866DB460DC179BA0B9B92C1472DF.jpeg02B0F4B9E021FD3C7E75C763C9DE283C.jpeg

Our last night in Madrid we found a recommended Market which is kind of a high end food court which serves alcohol! We each took turns buying Tapas of our choice to share with the group, i.e. Holt brought back several kinds of cavier with a small vodka shooter, Terry brought Karen's request... Barnacles !!
They were much better than they looked!
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Finally we are off to Barcelona. We waited an hour at the train station to buy our tickets and they tell us it is way cheaper to buy 4 first class tickets than to go Regular so twist our arms! A few hours of luxury and on to our next adventure

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Great Museum day

Sky Garden, British Library, and Victoria and Albert museum

For those of you who have been following us, Karen has obsessed with the Sky Garden observation area. She set an alarm for 4 am to get reservations since certain they only release tickets 3 weeks in advance. Well the visit almost didn't happen as the tickets are still in Mount Pleasant. Thank goodness for email confirmations! The view was fantastic especially since we were expecting rain.
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Then we were off to the British Library where we saw Handel's Messiah original manuscripts as well as the Magna Carta,some of the oldest bibles in existence and even some of the Beatles songs!

Finally we went to one of my favorite museums in the world, the Victoria and Albert Museum which truly has something for everyone. They had to throw us out!

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Our time in London was too short as the weather was perfect, the people were so very kind and our stay was great. Now on to Spain....

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London

Hot weather, culture,and lots of steps


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Well we made it to London with a relatively uneventful trip. We were delayed about 30 minutes and worried that our ride would leave us as customs took forever but we were happy to see our name on the sign when we came out of customs! Cheryl and Holt were touring St. Paul's so we took some time to rest and then headed to the Beefeaters Gin Distillery for your and tasting. We ended up in China Town for some great food. The next morning started out with bad news...Karen's precious camera was damaged the trip so pictures will be limited 😢 My favorite souvenirs are my photography so I am heartbroken but will make do. We went to the Churchill War Rooms, Buckingham Palace....from the outside, the changing of the horse guard.

Later we went see Carole King's Beautiful, a musical about her life. We finished the night with some Indian curry and took the tube back. Welarge_2016-08-26..6_10868_iOS.jpg are minding the gap.

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