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Barcelona, BCN, Spain

I'm a historian, married into a Catalan family for over 20 years, curating exhibitions and teaching American study-abroad students the history of the city, its architecture, life and people.

I'll help you discover and understand the city, its history, culture and politics, and experience the best sites on a range of stimulating and entertaining routes. The most popular itineraries last four or eight hours, but we can easily set up a longer custom tour or a layover visit to suit the time you have available. Within the city center, we can see everything by strolling or jumping in a taxi. If a private car suits you better I have a compact Honda which will get us wherever we want to go in air-conditioned comfort.

If you want a custom tour, just give me an idea of what you'd like to see and how much time you want to spend seeing it, and I'll plan an itinerary. Everything is exactly as you want it to be, just the best private tour I can arrange.

Get in touch as soon as you know when you're coming and let's arrange your visit.

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Jim did a great job of showing us the sites of Barcelona. We had a custom tour with many special requests, and he was very accommodating of all our needs. We really appreciated his perspective on the city, and would highly recommend him!
Rachel Vaughn

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I'm a professor of American Study Abroad college students, exhibition curator and cultural resource consultant (my particular obsession is with Barcelona's architecture). I'm not a 'licensed tour guide'. I keep close tabs on the local political developments and current cultural debates, and can explain what is happening in Catalonia and its historic capital as we explore it on your own private tour.

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