I got to Barcelona – El Prat Airport and took the L9 train to the city. The airport has two terminals, both of which are accessible by train and bus. The TMB train system is pretty straightforward and will be your friend while in Barcelona.
I stayed at the Alexandra Hotel Barcelona. To get there you take the L9 from Aeroport T1 to Collblanc and then transfer to L5 to Vall d’Hebron and get off at Diagonal. From there it’s a slight walk to the hotel. (less than 5 mins) Checking into Hilton Double Tree hotels always makes me smile. (it’s the warm cookies)
My first stop, La Pedrera. It’s also known as Casa Mila. Build from 1906-1912, it’s a look into Gaudi’s brilliance. For €22($25.66) you get to visit the inside of one of the worlds true wonders. I strongly suggest purchasing advance tickets. (Lines are long)
Advance tickets also have its own entrance where you’d pick up a guide and headset and a complimentary ticket to have your photo taken on one of the upper floors.
Next up was Casa Balto. By far the prettiest building I have ever seen and designed with significant color and designs. It's an absolute marble to look at and even better to visit.
The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is quite impressive. It’s one of those places you wish you can take home with you and you can, by picking up a miniature size model anywhere in the neighboring area’s but it does no justice as it pales in comparison to the real thing.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make it on the inside as it was sold out for that day. Pre-purchase your tickets while in Barcelona or book tours. (less of a headache for those on a tight schedule)
The same thing happened on my visit to Park Guell. However, a trick to this is to go at 9:30 at night, they relax on checking tickets and you have roughly 30 mins to enjoy before closing. (This is our little secret)
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