Barcelona - The End of the End

Trip Start May 30, 2012
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Trip End Nov 07, 2012


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Monday, November 5, 2012

The time finally arrived. The last item to check off on our major "to see" list. The works of Antoni Gaudi! Barcelona is full of the architectural wonders created by this brilliant art modernist. Personally, I have been anxiously awaiting to see the crazy, colourful buildings and style of Gaudi, so I was extremely excited for when we arrived at our final Europe destination. When we got our free Barcelona map at the tourist information centre, I made sure to circle all the Gaudi (and other fellow art modernists') sights that we could see. I also made sure to pre-book our tickets to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's most famous building, online several days ahead of time so that we wouldn't have to wait in the painfully long line up the day we were going to visit it. We decided that the best thing to do would be to designate a full "Gaudi Day" to see our select collections. After looking at the weather forecast, it was decided that Monday would be "Gaudi Day." I had booked our tickets for La Sagrada Familia for the morning time slot so that it would be the first thing that we saw, and also so that the crowds wouldn't be as suffocating as they can be in the afternoon. Whatever photo you may have seen online, or whatever description you have read, it will never prepare you for the greatness of La Sagrada Familia in person. This church is enormous! Once it is finished, (it is only 60 percent completed, and has been under construction for the past hundred years or so) it will be the tallest church in the world, and definitely the most unique also. It is unlike any structure you will ever see. My descriptions cannot do it justice, so I recommend you look at the photos and decide for yourself just how unique it is. The inside is even more grand, and is the most finished so you can get a real feel to what Gaudi wanted to convey. Gaudi loved to use naturally inspired geometry to his structures, so if you look closely, you can pick out trees and flowers and honeycomb and other natural wonders inside the church. La Sagrada Familia is going to be absolutely unbelievable when it is finished. It just might be worth a trip back to Barcelona!
After our time in La Sagrada Familia, we headed to the next major Gaudi sight, Park Güell. Park Güell is a beautiful public park in north Barcelona that Gaudi designed for the citizens to go out and enjoy nature. Throughout the park are little colourful and creative reminders of the designer's style; insect hives, mosaic tiled benches, and vibrant gecko statues. Park Güell is very busy, but if you happen to find a solitary bench hidden away behind a tall tree, it is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. We ended up staying in the park and wandering around for over two hours! When we realized the sun was getting low in the sky, we made our way back to the metro to see the last two buildings on our list. They were fairly close together in the core of the city centre which made them very convenient to get to. The first one was Casa Milà, which looked very interesting with it's curvy outside walls and rounded edges. The second building is very famous and is called Casa Batlló and it is actually on a street that shares several other buildings that are works of art. It is colourful and strange looking, two wonderful combinations if you ask me! You can actually tour the inside of this building which apparently holds many modernist art details, but it is quite pricey and we had to opt out.

I wish that we had more time to explore and find all of Antoni Gaudi's works, but they are scattered all over the Catalan province in Spain! Thankfully we were able to enjoy the select few and now we can really understand and appreciate his style. I feel this was a great way to end our trip because it was so incredibly different to anything we had already seen, so it really has stuck out in our minds. If you have time, I would highly recommend looking up on the internet pictures of all of Gaudi's works. It just may inspire the modernist in you!

Jess
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Mutti & Father on

Well I am glad you both are home safe & sound. But I really did enjoyed reading your postings & loved the pictures. Where will your next adventure take. Love always :)

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