We started our adventure in Barcelona. Barcelona is Spain's second largest city located in the Catalonia region. This region has its own language, Catalan, and some Catalonians consider themselves as part of a different country. We were excited to explore this cosmopolitan city, which has amazing architecture, history, and food. To start the day we walked from our hotel down car free streets to a beautiful cathedral and had a look inside.
|The big Gothic cathedral (not the same one as above)|
We then made our way to Guell Palace designed by Gaudi. Gaudi's work is all over the city and is very distinctive, unique, and FUN! It's as if you've stepped into a Dr. Seuss storybook, with twisted iron sculptures and curved stones adorned with colorful mosaic tiles. His art is visually stimulating and exciting to look at.
Before dinner we went to the Picasso Museum located on a narrow street. The collection was really fascinating and it seemed to focus on a lot of his earlier work (before cubism) with other more well known pieces from later in his life. We weren't allowed to take pictures in the museum so the following are from our walks around the city.
|Near the Picasso Museum|
|A small empty street|
|Walking around town|
We made our next day in Barcelona our full Gaudi day. We first took the subway and trekked uphill to Park Guell, which includes many structures designed by Gaudi, including a plaza and three kilometers of paths, walkways, and steps.
|Lori & Joe at Park Guell|
We then walked to La Sagrada Familia, which is one of Gaudi's most famous works in Barcelona. It's a huge basilica that has been under construction since 1882 and is still not finished due to Gaudi not leaving complete plans for it after his death, it being a very complicated structure to work on, and of course money woes. They were hoping to complete it in 2026 on the anniversary of Gaudi's death, but some estimate that it won't be complete for another 30-60 years! Unfortunately, the snakelike Disney World line that wrapped around the basilica prevented us from wanting to go inside, but the outside was quite impressive!
Our next stop was La Pedera (Casa Mila), which is a very unusual apartment building designed by Gaudi, built between 1906-1912.
|On the terrace- Lori & Jon|
The last stop for the day was Casa Batllo. By this point we were so tired that we didn't go inside, but we enjoyed the fun designs on the facade of the building.
Dinner in Barcelona was spectacular. Each meal was better than the next filled with paella, a variety of tapas, and wine.
|Dinner the first night|
|Dinner the second night|
|Fois Gras... yum!|