We’ve just returned from a lon weekend in Barcelona, where we had pre-booked with ForeverBarcelona an all day guided tour focussing on the works of Antonio Gaudi. Our guide Miriam exceeded our expectations in all respects and ensured we had all the best sights at the best times of day. Her tour provided an easy pre-history from which to grasp the aspirations of thinkers at the heart of Barcelona society at the turn of the 19th century, in which context Gaudi’s works are no longer perceived as fantasy-folly, but actually sit as naturally as rocks or trees on a mountain slope. The tour was in all respects well judged, balanced and “just enough”. Just enough walking, resting, cabbing… Just enough hustle-and-bustle, intermingled with quieter city squares… Just enough grand architectural vistas, countered with smaller intimate spaces… Just enough insight into larger civic society versus smaller personal anecdotes… A Catalan native, Miriam brought the city alive precisely because she delivers a tour that traverses the full scale of macroscopic spectacle and grand ambition right down to microscopic personal little illuminations, so that one is left touched by a glimpses of The People, The Person, and Society in between. All of this effortlessly and without pretension.