October 9th 2013
After yesterday’s exercise, today was an easy one. Took the Metro to Placa de Catalunya and walked up the street a few blocks to Gaudi’s Casa Mila, an apartment house for the Barcelonan well to do. Built 100 years ago, the place is still a hot address.
The building incorporates a number of features never seen in residential construction. It is cross between a place for Yoda and Dr. Seuss characters.
After you enter the joint, you venture to the roof top. Instead of satellite dishes, plumbing vents and AC stuff, you are in a wonderland.
Besides the roof, there are flats. One is maintained with original furnishings and fixtures.
We managed to get a new gizmo from the Apple Store and make it back to the hotel two minutes before checkout time. Caught a taxi to the ship. On board and unpacked. Lunch next to a gent who did not understand why the ship would stay two days in Barcelona since it is just a big city. I kept quiet.
Took the shuttle to the Columbus Monument and found a bar with wifi. This will probably be standard practice for the cruise. Good excuse for a beer.