We left early in the morning, driving down the treacherous mountain roads to the even more treacherous Barcelona traffic to meet up with Debbie and Jay Schenck— Richard’s sister and brother-in-law—in port for the day as part of their Mediterranean cruise.
Apart from battling the traffic and negotiating three-point turns getting into and through the tight corkscrew ramps of the underground car park, we managed to find a great cafe, a lunch spot and some interesting nooks and crannies in old Barcelona.
The crowds and time were against us so we only managed to see the outside of La Sagrada Famiglia and parts of the gardens dedicated to Gaudi but that was good enough. Small villages now for us! The big smoke is too much to handle, no matter how amazing the monuments. Give us the mountains, nature and a bit of peace and quiet— except for bell ringing that seems ubiquitous in these French villages.