My dear co-worker and friend Candace married her long time girlfriend Genna last month in Chicago. They had a lovely wedding, but like all weddings go…it is finally time for the honeymoon!!
They booked a Mediterranean cruise that goes from Barcelona to Naples/Pompeii to Rome to Florence/Pisa/Livorna to Cannes to
Palma, Majorica. I have been to six of those nine places. I thought I could give some good insight to it. Then I decided for a wedding gift that I would make them one of my iWander books of their cruise for free of charge!
It was a lot of fun to make, because I have always wanted to know all the potential places I could go to in limited time and therefore I (or whoever I am writing it for) would have lots of options once there. But, this was a cruise.
They are only allowed 10-12 hours in each place. How does one see all of Rome in 10 hours?! Well. Actually. One doesn’t. So I did a lot of research of finding the best one day excursions in each place. I looked up blog suggestions, must-do’s and must see’s, and travel sites suggestions. It was a really fun book to make because I was able to set personalized suggestions of where to go and when.
Here is a blurb of my Barcelona part:
History: The city is the capital of Catalonia and is Spain’s second biggest city. They have a population of about 1.5 million people. Best known for the Olympics being hosted in Barcelona in 1992, and since then the city has changed its neighborhoods and the way the city is presented today. It was originally under Roman rule. Barcelona was founded under two stories: the first being Hercules (yes, the Mythological God) founded the city, and the second being founded by Hamilcar Barca the statesman of Cyrene. He was said to command the forces in Sicily from 247 BC to 241 BC. The Roman redirected the city as a military camp around 15 BC, and used for its excellent harbor. After the Romans were the Visigoths conquer, and this was a rule by the Moors for the next 100 years. The city gained a reputation during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century with the World’s Fair in 1888. Catalonia fought for freedom from the rule of Spain through the 20th century, and with this heightened Barcelona’s importance.
Suggested Options for A Single Day in Barcelona:
(On your first day, with only a few hours, it might be beneficial to start one of these and then finish the suggested list on your return back and be able to spend more time in a museum or Cathedral.)
- 1. PERSONALIZED 2. TYPICAL BARCELONA 3. TURISTA BARCELONA
– Mirador de Colon – Placa de Catalunya – Parc Guell
– La Rambla – La Rambla – Train to Sangrada Familia (Go in?)
– Detour thru Barri Gotic – Mirador de Colon – Av. Diagonal to Casa Batllo (Go in?)
– Visit Museo Picasso – Placa Reial – Casa Mila (Go in?)
– Walk back by Catedral – Thru Barri Gotic -Thru Barri Gotic
– La Boqueria (off of La Rambla) – Visit Catedral – Visit Catedral (Go in?)
– Placa de Catalunya – Walk to Can Culleretes -Visit Town Hall
– Casa Batllo (Go in?) – Montjuic – Olympic Stadium
– Casa Mila/Pedrera (Go in?) – Sangrada Familia (Go in?) – Montjuic hill
– Avinguda Diagonal – Train to Parc Guell
– La Sangrada Familia (Go in?)
– Train to Parc Guell
* (G) signifies Gaudi Work
– Avinguda Diagonal – A collection of bars and restaurants on one of the most important streets in Barcelona. It was designed by IIdefons Cerda (one of the city original planners).
– Barcelona Catedral (of Holy Cross) – The cathedral was started in the 13th century and finished in the 15th century. It was built on the site of an old Roman town (close to what was once the Roman Forum). The Roman city’s gate was once across the street (Carrer del Bisbe) and you can still see the lower segments of the towers as well as a Roman aqueduct at the base of the Bishop’s Palace (Palau Episcopal).The cathedral was spared by the anarchists during the Civil War and is the place where Santa…..cont.
CONGRATULATIONS CANDACE and GENNA!!!!