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Spanish Civil War Tour in Barcelona: Homage to Catalonia

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Duration
3 hours
Location
Barcelona
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20 Reviews (4.44)

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Wow! This tour introduced us to an area of Spanish history we knew a bit about but certainly not in depth. It was a fascinating walk, and we intend to go home and learn a lot more. The docent was very helpful and shared much knowledge and many interesting anecdotes. It really made the period come alive for us.
Alan was quite knowledgable about Orwell and the war in Barcelona as it relates to Orwell. I really enjoyed seeing the places I had read about.
Again, the docent was extremely personable and knowledgeable. Any time we asked a follow-up question to an already detailed explanation, the new information that Alan was able to supply was impressive. He was so committed to our having an excellent experience that he brought us back to the restaurant that was one of the sites on the tour and offered to make certain we got a table on the same balcony mentioned in a journal entry about the restaurant. I particularly liked hearing passages from Orwell's writing (and that of his contemporaries) about the sights we were seeing. So why a "5" instead of a "6." Two reasons: We sat in the Café Zurich for an hour prior to the walk hearing some introductory information. An hour was simply too long and yet... This brings me to reason number two. Until almost the very end of the walk and seemingly only because we asked a question did we discover that Orwell's time fighting the Spanish Civil War lasted only six months. You'd think that important fact would be part of the introductory material we needed to learn. But Alan was somewhat weak in making over-arching connections. My husband used the word "wandered" when describing Alan's information. We were interested so we paid a lot of attention and got what we wanted out of the tour, but we feel Alan should identify the important concepts and facts tour participants need to know in addition to having vast amounts of knowledge about discrete destinations.