I’ve always loved Barcelona and was looking for an excuse to return. Luck smiled on me and I was able to get a group of fellow photographers from Lymington Camera Club and their wives to join me. We were staying at the Hotel Espagna, off the Las Ramblas, which is a wonderful art deco revival filled with quirky design elements, a very decent bar and a stone’s throw from the metro.
One day 1 it was pouring with rain as we headed off to Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi’s still unfinished masterpiece. We were planning to go up the towers but these we closed due to rain and high winds. We spent an hour there photographing like mad people and then took the metro to Parc Guell. I was not familiar enough with the geography of Barcelona to realise the amount of hill climbing involved but at least they had escalators at street level to get you up there.
In the evening we went out for a good, honest, touristy paella and a few gins in the hotel.
Day two saw us meet up with a local photographer I’d hired who took us street shooting in the market and old quarter. Then we stopped at Casa Battlo, Gaudi’s most wonderful private house commission before going to Casa Mila/La Pedrera for a Son et Lumiere in the evening.
On the last day, we all did our own thing in the morning before meeting on the hotel’s funky rooftop bar and pool for lunch before heading home.