Barcelona with Cynthia Rutledge

April 30 - May 12, 2019


In May 2018 we completed the inaguaral Beadventure to Barcelona--and it was fabulous!  It was so great that we began to immediately plan for another trip in 2019, but this time with Cynthia Rutledge.


Next year's itinerary will be similar to the one below.  We'll be tweaking it over the next month so check back for final version.


Day 1.  Arrive in Barcelona.
Today you’ll fly into Barcelona (airport code BCN) and travel to our home for the next 12 days—the modernist Hotel Gaudi, located only 100 meters from the Rambla.  If you arrive early feel free to explore the neighborhood and stores along the Rambla.  At 6 p.m. we will gather in the hotel lobby for our welcome dinner at “Los Caracoles,” an historic and charming restaurant, one of the oldest in Barcelona, which is an easy walk from the hotel.
Meal included: Dinner

Day 2. Sightseeing in Barcelona.
After breakfast, we’ll orient ourselves to the city by taking the “Hop On-Hop off” bus tour around the city.  After lunch we’ll take a 3-hour historic walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, led by longtime resident and licensed tour guide Iraida Marten.  That evening we’ll take the metro to Plaza España followed by a short walk to the light and sound “Magic Fountain” show at the foot of the hill leading up to the Catalunya National Art Museum. The fountain is a spectacular display of color, light, motion, music, and water acrobatics.  Its first performance was on May 19, 1929 during the Great Universal Exhibition.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3. Workshop and Flamenco Show!
Today we’ll have a workshop with Cynthia. In the evening, we will see a Flamenco show named after one of the most revered flamenco dancers in history, Carmen Amaya. The venue is in the heart of one of Barcelona’s most curious landmarks, the Poble Expanyol, a large-scale model village or “architectural museum” built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition.  It has charming shops—and don’t worry, we’ll arrive in time for you to do some shopping!
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4.  Gaudí—all day!
After breakfast, we’ll walk up the Rambla, crossing the Plaza Catalunya to the lovely Paseo de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s loveliest thoroughfares and home to many beautiful modernist buildings and upmarket shops. We will tour the iconic Casa Batlló, one of the most recognizable of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces and La Pedrera (also known as Casa Mila), a modernist apartment complex, the last civil work designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, built from 1906 to 1912. It houses a very comprehensive museum dedicated to the genius of Gaudi; the rooftop chimneys and views are not to be missed. After lunch (included) we will travel by bus to the emblematic Parc Guell for a guided tour. The evening will be free.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5.  More Gaudí: Palau Guell, Sagrada Familia Chapel.
After breakfast we’ll visit the Palau Guell (located across the street from our hotel). The palace was one of Gaudi’s earliest commissions, built for the industrialist Eusebio Guell. It is one of (and perhaps the first) example of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. We’ll go from there up the Rambla, looking in on the beautiful displays of fruit, vegetables, and seafood at the Boqueria Market.  From Plaza Catalunya we will travel to the famous Gaudí masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Expiatory chapel where we have a guided tour of this incredible work of art. The evening will be free. 
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6.  Mosaics Class and Workshop.
In the morning we will will head over to Studio Mosaiccos, where we’ll learn the “Trencadis” mosaic technique, developed by Gaud.  At a “make and take” session, you’ll create a mosaic souvenir, such as a small mirror or plaque.  After lunch (on your own), we'll continue our workshop with Cynthia.  Dinner (included) will be at Can Culleretes, said to be the oldest restaurant in Barcelona.
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 7.  It’s All About Salvador Dalí.
Today will be an all-day excursion to Figueres to see the Dali museum as well as Dalí’s home in Cadaques on the Costa Brava. We will immerse ourselves in the world of Salvador Dalí, and learn about his life and work. We’ll admire paintings and other mind-bending creations by the 20th-century Spanish artist at the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum in his birthplace of Figueres. We’ll then tour his beloved Costa Brava to see some of his favorite places, such as the coastal town of Cadaques and the Salvador Dalí House in Port Lligat. 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8.  Palau de Musica Tour/Free Afternoon.
Today we will tour the breathtaking Palau de Musica—a gem inside and out. The breathtaking concert hall was completed in 1908 and has been a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. The intricately detailed stained glass, sculptures, mosaics, and metalwork are beautiful—and the acoustics are amazing.  Following the tour the rest of the day will be free. 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9.  Create Your Own Barcelona Experience!
Today is free for you to see what is of special interest to you.  As you can imagine, there also are many places to see and things to do in Barcelona, as well as tours to places outside of Barcelona, such as a train trip to Girona, an hour away, known for Roman baths, Romanesque church and medieval Jewish quarter.  We’ll be glad to work with you prior to departure on options that may be of interest to you.
Meal included: Breakfast

Day 10.  Workshop.
Our final day of workshop with Cynthia. Your evening will be free.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 11.  Tour Penedes Wine and Cava Region.
Today we will travel to Catalonia's Penedes region to learn about the area's vast wine industry. We’ll stop by a winery, where we'll have a chance to view the vast wine cellars and taste some of the wineries' top-notch products.
Meal included: Breakfast

Day 12. Museu Picasso.
In the morning, we’ll walk through the Gothic Quarter to visit the Picasso museum.  It is said that the Picasso museum is important in understanding Pablo Picasso’s formative years, including his deep relationship with Barcelona that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.  We’ll then have lunch and the rest of the day you will be free.  In the evening, we’ll gather for our farewell dinner at the Asador de Aranda, a lovely restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13. Depart. 
Today you’ll depart for home or on to other destinations that you may have planned!

Note:  The itinerary above is a draft; once the final is posted, it may be tweaked as new opportunities present themselves--be assured any change will result in an even better experience!

About your project . . .
Cynthia will design a project inspired by the sites we will see in Barcelona!


About your teacher Cynthia Rutledge . . .
Cynthia is a contemporary artist and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium. She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork. Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows and has appeared in Nicolette Stessin's Beaded Amulet Purses, Carol Taylor's Creative Bead Jewelry, and Carol Wilcox Wells' Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches.

Cynthia writes:
"My attraction to 3-dimensional shapes has created a fascination for me throughout my life and has fueled my creative spirit. My choice of beadwork as a primary medium has followed that same fascination. As my beadwork has evolved, my work seems to always lean towards the building of shapes and forms that are functional and wearable.

The choice to use beads as my medium was primarily influenced by my love of color. Beads reflect and absorb light, hold shape and dimension, and in so doing, offer chameleon-like qualities. It is not always the end result that is the most important to me, however. The process of working with beads and thread is meditative and calming, which allows time for reflection. Engineering each piece is always a challenge that thrills me, as well as giving me the power to make the decisions that need to be made for each piece. The more I experience the wonderful qualities of beadwork, the more I realize my relationship with beads will always be one of learning, experiencing and sharing.

The decision to teach grew from my personal desire to share my love of beads and all the wonderful things that can be created with them. The commitment that I have to teaching stems from my desire to share the knowledge I have gained while developing my own skills in this medium. Ultimately, my mission is to help to keep this art form alive and well."

In early 2016 Cynthia released her first book “Timeless Beadwork Designs,” a compilation of 15 gorgeous projects that reflect the beauty with which Cynthia approaches her designs and the generosity with which she teaches.  Learn more about Cynthia at her webpage.


About your tour leader Carol Moore . . .

Carol and her family (son David and daughter Daniela) spent 8 happy years living in Barcelona as her husband Salvador’s job required an expatriate assignment (NOT a hardship post!!).  Combining beads and her love for Barcelona is a dream come true and she can’t wait to show you many of her favorite places to see, shop, and eat!!  Four years ago Carol stumbled upon City Beads in Chicago by bizarre coincidence at which she took her first class and became an enthusiastic member of the “City Beads Tuesday Beading Group.”  Carol and Salvador recently moved from Chicago and now divide their time between their home in San Juan Capistrano and Salvador’s family home in Queretaro, Mexico. Carol works part-time remotely as a Contract Analyst for Siemens Power Generation where she reviews, drafts, and negotiates steam and gas turbine contracts.  Carol speaks excellent Spanish (though not Catalan!) and feels that Barcelona, especially with its fabulous Gaudi architecture, will be a completely unique experience and can’t wait to see what Gaudi-inspired project Cynthia has in store for us!

Trip Details

Trip Cost
Approximately 3900 Euros (click here for currency converter); final cost is being finalized
Single supplement (based on availability) will be about 850 Euros; final cost is being finalized

Payment Terms
To guarantee your spot on this trip, send in a $1,000 deposit and completed registration form.
Balance will be due 120 days prior to start of Beadventure (see Conditions & Responsibilities for more information).

Trip Cost Includes:

  • All lodging
  • About 65% of meals
  • Ground transportation for the itinerary’s activities
  • Guide and entrance fees to sites on the itinerary
  • Workshop with Cynthia

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to and from Barcelona
  • Trip insurance (you will need to provide confirmation that you have purchased trip insurance at the time of final payment)
  • Supplies for workshop
  • About 35% of meals

Trip Insurance
To protect the investment you are making in your planned travel, you are required to provide Beadventures with confirmation that you have purchased trip insurance when you send in your final payment. Beadventures highly recommends TravelEx based on its excellent customer service.  Click here for information about their coverage options.

Trip Notes . . .

Fitness level

  • There is a great deal of walking on this trip, some of which will be on uneven cobblestone streets, and stairs.  As a result, this trip is not for people who have difficulty walking or other mobility issues.

Workshop Supplies

  • Bring your customary supplies, bead mat, and a battery-powered light.