Barcelona: Dia Dos
Trip Start May 14, 2006
90Trip End Aug 17, 2006
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My first full day in Barcelona has been absolutely amazing. I think that I am already pretty much fully adjusted to the SEVEN hour time difference...though I did wake up around 5:00 am & stayed pretty restless for an hour or so. Since our hotel offers a free breakfast in the morning, I definitely did not pass that up. The food was great. I treated myself to some eggs, jamoñ, and a bit of cereal. The milk here is quite different by the way. I'm told that is has something to do with how it is pasteurized. It is very creamy...and similar to like half-and-half. Very fattening but great.
After breakfast, we all caught the subway & headed for the other side of town. Another first for me, since I've never been on a subway before
So we get off the subway & turn the corner...and there it is. The La Sagrada Familia - completely dominating the skyline. For one of the first times in my life, I was at a loss of words after seeing a building. The following is paraphrased from numerous pamphlets, journals, and from my own research.....
"The construction of this unique Temple began in 1882, and one year later Antoni Gaudi was appointed Project Director. He worked on the project over 40 years until his death in 1926. The overall plan and his in-depth studies of the project, based on the use of innovative geometrical shapes of naturalist style, are the cornerstones on which the current architects continue the work to this date. Eight of the twelve bell towers of the façade, dedicated to the Apostles and having a height of 100 meters, are already built. The four belfries awaiting construction are those of the Façade of Glory, the 170 meter central dome in honor of Jesus Christ, the Tower of the Virgin Mary (125 meters) and the Tower of the 4 Evangelists
It was truly a unique experience to witness firsthand a Cathedral of such world acclaim & magnitude being built. It will be something that I will never forget.
After spending three hours or so at Sagrada Familia, the group left to go see Jean Nouvel's (who happens to be one of my favorite & most admired architects) new building, Torre Agbar, which opened in late 2005. However, once we arrived, we learned that due to the fact that this was a state government building, no visitors were permitted inside the building. Completely lame, but what can you do? I personally was actually quite disappointed with the overall building. I just did not find it impressive. It basically looks like a giant multi-colored cylinder with thousands upon thousands of glass louvers surrounding it. I might go to visit it at night, as that's when it is said the building flourishes
Next, we headed to the Santa Caterina Market, which was designed by Enric Miralles & Bendetta Tagliablique, and opened in 2004. The market appears to be very modern in design & has many food stands and cafes. Definitely a neat place to see. Les, Amanda, and I caught lunch at a nice café called "Edelmann Café & Restaurant". We stuffed our faces & enjoyed the company and atmosphere.
The afternoon consisted of visiting the Commercial Waterfront District. We saw several street vendors & entertainers during our stroll. We also got to see the Christopher Columbus monument & visited a really nice mall. A great way to end the afternoon. Check out my gallery for pictures.
I know that this was a long post & I offer my apologies. But in my defense, it a day packed full of new experiences & I felt compelled to share these. I hope everyone is well. Send me an email if you can...I like to read them. Thanks for the comment by the way Stacey - it was nice....