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Barcelona Day 1

rain 22 °C

The trip up went just fine, and we were soon inspecting our apartment with Xavier, our host. When he opened the blind it was fantastic – we could see the spires of Sagrada Familia from our balcony! From our balcony

From our balcony

(nirvana I apartmentsramblas) We moved in and got the washing on first before we headed out have a look around this magnificent structure. The form of it is nothing like you have ever seen in a church before or since – although it is made of stone, it looks very organic in its form and flow, but still manages to have a traditional church floorplan. It is imposible to know what the finished building was supposed to look like because there are no proper plans, just sketches Gaudi made of what he thought it may look like.The Nativity facade

The Nativity facade

The Passion facade

The Passion facade

The next morning we had to dig out the waterproofs as it had started to rain. The plan was to do a Fat Tire bike tour as we had in Paris, but to learn about the highlights at the start of the stay, not the end. The rain had made for a small group, but that was okay as we tripped about in the rain. We got to have a tour around some of the main highlights of the place, including a beach side lunch in the rain, complete with a jug of sangria to keep us warm.
Plaza St Jaume

Plaza St Jaume

Gehry's fish under water

Gehry's fish under water

Barceloneta beach

Barceloneta beach

After that a bit of exertion warmed us up and we said goodbye to John (after G had bought a tshirt) and went to the Thyssen-Bornheim Pre-Colombian museum which had a great collection, but also quite small, which pleased G no end. P1030819In the great Pre Colombian Museum

P1030819In the great Pre Colombian Museum

We skipped Picasso as we had already done some in Malaga, and instead headed up to Park Guell to see some more of Gaudi’s work whilst the rain was scaring everyone else away. Unfortunately by the time we got there, the rain had cleared and the crowds had returned.In Park Guell

In Park Guell


Parc Guell was a wonderful example of some of Gaudi’s thinking on how a livable community should be able to exist. Although it was conceived as an exclusive gated community, there was provision for recycling rainwater, space for a weekly community market, sites where houses could only take up 20% of the land so it would always be a green area. Fortunately for us it fell through and with only a small amount built it was sold to and preserved by the city. The thought that went into it is equalled by the decorative touches and the design of the houses that were built and still remain. There is a huge use of mosaic panels on many of the completed surfaces, even the ceiling of the market place – just brilliant.Over the collonade

Over the collonade

The obligatory dragon shot

The obligatory dragon shot


Our last stop of the night was the Magic fountain – a fountain which is a sight, light and sound show as water dances around to the sound of music whilst being lit by banks of coloured lights from below. A bit of schmaltz, but good fun too.The magic fountain

The magic fountain

From PLaza De Espana

From PLaza De Espana

Posted by lostagain 16:22 Archived in Spain

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