Before leaving on the trip, I checked out a ton of travel guides from the San Francisco Public Library, but none were really organized in a usable way for just a few days in each city. Also, I wanted to pack light to avoid checking bags and didn't want to carry a bunch of heavy books everywhere. I finally found the Frommer's Day by Day series and the Paris and Barcelona versions were very useful. They are pretty small, contain great street and metro maps and feature about 20 different day plans to see the city. You can decide to see the city by major highlights, or special interests (i.e., gourmet walk, architectural walk, shopping highlights, etc.), or neighborhood.
|Paris Day by Day|
|Barcelona Day by Day|
We had great weather the whole time, and I'll post some photos from our trip and some tips for traveling to these great cities soon.