nolatravelgirl Posted September 7, 2015 Author #26 Share Posted September 7, 2015 Part 7 As if we didn’t already eat enough on our food tour we decided to take our tour guide’s recommendation and had dinner in Barcelona at Cuidad Condal which was a few blocks down on La Rambla from the Le Meridien. I knew we were in for something good when the tables outside were packed and so were the tables inside. We had about a 30 minute wait for a table but we had a beer while we waited and salivated for all the foods on display. The food did not disappoint and the bill was very reasonable. We ordered a bunch of montoditos (assorted tapas served atop crusty bread) and some other seafood based tapas. All the food was fresh and was worth the wait. Our total bill was 47 Euros and we had plenty of food and wine and was a much better use of Euros considering what we got the night before. It was finally time to crash as we would board the ship tomorrow! This was my first trip to Barcelona and we really didn’t see any of the major attractions. Jenidallas had been previously and decided to stay back at the hotel the following morning while I went out to see Sagrada Familia. I logged on that night and was lucky to score a ticket for a 10:30am entrance with audio guide for 19.50 € TIP: Book your tickets in advance! There was a long holding pen of people without timed tickets waiting to get inside. I would not recommend waiting to the last minute to book tickets but in the end it worked out okay for me. There were only 2 tickets left for 10:30 when I logged in so this was just dumb luck on my part. The following morning I dragged out of bed and checked with the concierge about public transport. Ultimately I decided that time was a bigger priority so I jumped into a taxi; 10 minutes later and 6 euros poorer I was at Sagrada Familia. I had about a half hour before my timed ticket so I found a nearby café and had a quick breakfast. I had a coffee and some sort of orange flavored pain perdu (French toast) I finally was able to get inside so I made my way to the “birth” side of the building. You know you are in the right place if you see the manger scene above the door I had to stand in a second line to pick up my audio guide. It was the type that looked like a bar that you held up to your ear. TIP: If you plan renting audio guides or are going on any organized tour that includes audio then go ahead and bring your own earbuds. The bar style guides have a jack on the side where you could plug in your own headset so you can free your hands for picture taking or if you want to save a few bucks two people can use the same guide since one can us the bar and one can use the jack with a personal headset. I found the audio guide helpful and it pointed out several things that I may not have noticed on my own. Here is a shot of me before I went inside. Please note that if you really want to see great photos of these places then you are better served looking on Wikipedia. These were my vacation snaps and I pretty much photo bombed every major site on this cruise. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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