Post-cruise, we stayed at Hotel Alma, a modern hotel in the L’Eixample district. Close to museums, famous Modernisme buildings, restaurants and shopping, Alma has a great location.
We spent the first day outside of Barcelona, visting the town of Girona and the Salvadore Dali museum with guide Teresa from Enchanting Barcelona Tours. The next day, Teresa met us at our hotel, and took us on a tour of two of Barcelona’s biggest attractions -- La Sangrada Familia church, and Park Guell, both designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. After that, Mom returned to the hotel to rest, while I checked out other nearby attractions -- La Pedrera, Casa Battlo, Fundacio Tapies, and the Museu Egipci.
On our final full day in Barcelona, we started out with a visit to the Museu National Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the city’s biggest art museum. Any art lover could spend the whole day there, enjoying thousands of years of Catalonian art, but after lunch in their restaurant, we had to get going. I had a photographer to meet.
I’d arranged a photography coaching session with Ben Evans, from Englishphotographer.com, but he wasn’t available, so he sent his associate Hiromi, another professional photographer living in Barcelona. We spent the afternoon wandering around Barcelona, learning about photography from both the technical and artistic point of view.
After that, it was back to the hotel for one more night in Barcelona before catching our flight in the morning.