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Day 12

Barcelona

sunny 28 °C
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What a great day! This morning we took a Gaudi tour which took in Casa Battlo, a famous apartment building "renovated" by Gaudi and the magnificient and yet to be finished Sagrada Familia. The tour was excellent and the knowledgable guide Naomi gave us a wonderful insight into the architectural philosophies behind these two most unusual and fantastic buildings. As I said on my Facebook post, the Sagrada Familia is surely the best man made thing I have ever seen.
In the afternoon we met up with our friend and recent house guest Barbi who is in Barcelona to catch up with her son who performs on a cruise ship. Together we explored old and new Barcelona and took in some wonderful sights and a great atmosphere. Barcelona is a truly wonderful place.
Paella for dinner tonight in Restuarant Navarra. I thought it was great but Liz says she can do better. We will see.
Having trouble loading photos to this site so I am setting up a google album which will be available to view soon. When it is I will post the link.
Another day in Barcelona tomorrow. Looking forward to that.

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Day 11

London To Barcelona

sunny 27 °C
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Today another travelling day with a train trip to Heathrow, atwo hour flight to Barcelona and a mad taxi ride to our hotel Granvia. Travelling to London Airports by regular train is definately the cheapest way to go £3.10 but negotiating the stations (need to change lines) with suitcases is "interesting". The flight was uneventful but the taxi ride was exiting with the driver, driving like a racing car driver (manual 4 cylinder taxi) while describing the sights enthusiastically in Spanish.
The Granvia Hotel is a 19th century palace converted to a hotel in the 1930s and recently renovated. It is beautiful.
Dinner at a fantastic tapas bar/restaurant "Txapela". We will go there again.
Tomorrow, sightseeing in Barcelona.

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Day 10

Last day in London

overcast 21 °C
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Decided to go to the Tate Modern (art gallery) today which meant passing St Paul's Cathedral on the way. Very beautiful building from the outside but we decided not to pay the £18 per person to see the inside. We have seen a lot of cathedrals/churches over the years.
The Tate Modern was really excellent and, the best part, free. If you like modern art, highly recommended. I like some of it.
Lastly, headed over to Grays Antiques in Mayfair. A Polish antique dealer who we met at Portobello Road markets suggested we go here and it was worth the visit. Mainly antique jewelery and silverware, it is full of treasures which we could love if we could afford them.
Dinner at a very nice restuarant in Notting Hill tonight. Seafood platter consisting of lobster, mussels, prawns and squid. Delicious!
Barcelona tomorrow.
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Day 9

sunny 22 °C
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Today we took the short walk to Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park and ended up at Harrod's. Kensington Gardens is very nice, really beautifully set out and perfectly kept. And the palace, well it looks like Kensington Palace. Our walk took us past the Prince Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert Hall.
First time I have been to Harrod's. A nice place to visit, beautiful, classy shopping but mainly for the rich I feel. After looking at the £5,000 watches and the £10,000 rings we bought some Harrod's tea and got out of there quickly.
In the evening we met Laura for drinks at the Aqua Shard, dinner at the Two Brewers Pub and Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. The Aqua Shard is a bar/restuarant on the 31st level of the The Shard building. Views are good but not spectacular, the service and decor or excellent but the prices! Cost £39 ($83) for 4 drinks. Can't complain about the prices at the bolo.
Matilda the Musical was so much fun. Somewhat of a kid's musical with a briliant child star and great young cast. Well worth it.
Last full day in London tomorrow. No plans yet. Will keep you informed.

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Day 8

Lord's

overcast 21 °C
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Today we did the guided tour of Lord's Cricket Ground. It was a very interesting and enjoyable experience and brought back many memories of watching cricket on TV from Lord's. We got to see the Lord's Museum (where the Ashes live) the Long Room, the Home and Visitors dressing rooms and the Media Centre plus a walk around the stands for various views of the ground. And of course the Gift Shop. Following the tour we had lunch at the Lord's Tavern just outside the WG Grace Gate. For those of you from TMR, we did the tour and had lunch with Neil Weatherhead and his wife who just happen to also be in London at this time.
Not much else to report today had a lazy afternoon at our apartment and Laura came over for a takeaway Italian dinner at home.

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