After a long day of walking through the city, we returned to the hotel promising ourselves we would have a more restful day on Thursday. We should have realised we were tempting fate by making such a statement!
Setting off on Thursday morning full of enthusiasm for more Gaudi, we opted to visit Parc Guell, an 11-acre city park for which Gaudi designed the infrastructure and much of the landscaping. Our tip: if you wish to see Parc Guell, do not follow the directions given in the Lonely Planet guidebook unless you fancy walking miles out of your way. We must have added a good couple of miles to our route and by the time we arrived we were tetchy and footsore.
Parc Guell proved a little disappointing after La Sagrada Familia, being crowded, noisy and lacking the same 'Wow Factor'. Or perhaps we were just too tired to appreciate it! Nevertheless, there were still plenty of amazing sights to see - Gaudi is so unique. My favourite area was the vaulted market place with its rainbow ceiling mosaics.
Not long after we left the park, the weather turned and we holed up in an excellent restaurant which restored our good spirits while we waited out the rain. We returned to the hotel to rest up for a couple of hours before our planned evening excursion, for me the highlight and raison d'etre of the whole trip...
[To be continued]