We caught the bus back into sunny Barcelona, this time getting off at the right stop! While we were on the bus we decided to splash out and buy the Articket BCN which was €30 each for a pass that gets you into Museu Picasso, the MACBA, the MNAC, La Pedrera, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Fundacio Joan Miro and the CCCB. So we headed straight to an info booth, got our passes and headed to the first gallery on our route: Fundacio Antoni Tapies. This was at the top of town so thought we’d get it out the way. It was a relatively small gallery with a selection of Tapies’ work spanning his creative career. We entered the floor below and got caught up in a performance art piece, actors/dancers start spinning around us, we look at one another not sure what to do, one of the actors invites us in and suddenly we become part of the live performance! When we manage to escape, we scuttle down to the modern art gallery (MACBA) only to find it shuts at 3pm on a Sunday, typical, so we carry on our walking route to the amazing cathedral. The heavens open, thunder and all, we haven’t brought any waterproofs as it was burning hot sunshine in the morning-great! We run through the rain to the Picasso museum and queue jump with our Articket, the queue was ridiculously long, so we were glad we were able to avoid it. We wondered around the exhibition full to the brim of Picasso’s work, starting from when he was aged 15 right up to the end of his career, it was a really inspiring exhibition and interesting to see his style develop from traditional portraiture to his modernist work.
We leave the exhibition, it’s still raining, we decide to brave it and wonder through the narrow streets, we briefly pop into the Disseny Hub Barcelona where there was a free architecture exhibition and a really cool design shop, it was hard not to spend loads of money.
The rain was easing off so we carried on walking through the narrow streets into the Esglesia de Santa Maria and down to the port past lots of lovely old boats, we picked up a cheeky choc crepe, admired the Columbus column and then walked up La Rambla to our bus stop. The bus was ready and waiting, we hopped on and sped back to the campsite.