What a beautiful city! We really enjoyed our time here. We left on Thursday night and came back the following Sunday. The architecture was very different from Germany and the food was so amazing! We ate at a place called Brunch & Cake the first morning and it was one of the best meals ever! Everything was fresh and most dishes came with lots of fresh fruit. I could have eaten there everyday! If you get time, check out their website (http://www.cupcakesbarcelona.com/shops-brunchcake/?lang=en) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunch-Cake/235843133182769). It showcases more of their food. I ordered the porridge, a vitamin juice, and a beet root laté. Just look at these photos?
In the afternoon we went to Parc Güell. Parc Güell was built between 1900 and 1914 and today is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. This is a garden complex that houses a series of dynamically designed building, including Gaudi’s house. Most buildings have the “trencadis” (surfaces covered with irregular ceramic pieces) that is characteristic of Gaudi and Art Nouveau. The colonnaded hall and the terrace with serpentine shapes are the most famous places in the park. This park is the perfect place to take a peaceful stroll while enjoying nature and looking at Gaudi’s artwork. Ref: http://www.globotreks.com/destinations/10-gaudi-buildings-barcelona/
All of the store-fronts had a gate that came down when closed to protect the door behind it and they were all decorated with beautiful art. I could do an entire book of all the beautiful art on all these garage-type doors.
The garages we’re super tinny in typical European fashion. So tinny we all had to crawl out the same door to get out of our rental car.
And some garages were decorated very differently. This one was very bright and colorful.
This was the local supermarket, “Super Mercat”. lol
Some of the houses in town were super cute too.
This guy just needed a quick nap. Maybe he was dreaming about a money tree.
Casa Batlló was one of my favorite places to visit. It was really quite spectacular. Casa Batló is the result of a total restoration in 1904 of an old conventional house built in 1877. Gaudi used it for typical constructive elements of the Modernism (Catalan Art Nouveau) that include ceramics, stone, and forged iron. Even though it was highly criticized by the city during construction due to its radical design that broke all the bylaws of the city, in 1906 the Barcelona City Council awarded it the reconstruction of being one of the three best building of the year. Ref: http://www.globotreks.com/destinations/10-gaudi-buildings-barcelona/
Next on the list…The Sagrada Familia.
The Sagrada Familia was massive! Apparently five generations have already witnessed the temple’s rice in Barcelona. Construction continues today and could be finished in 2030. The first stone for the temple was laid on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th 1882. It signaled the start of the construction, first in the crypt located under the apse, following the Neo-Gothic design drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, the Sagrada Familia’s first architect. After a short while, due to disagreements with the promotors, he resigned from the post of chief architect and the job fell to Antoni Gaudi. If you haven’t figured it out by now Antoni Gaudi had his hand in lots of construction projects in Barcelona. His architecture had a major influence upon the Barcelona people. Gaudi proposed a new and grander design around 1889. Gaudi’s design consisted of a large church with a floor plan based on a Latin cross and soaring towers. It was to be immensely symbolic both architecturally and sculpturally. The first bell tower on the Nativity facade, 100 meters hight and dedicated to Saint Barnabus, was finished on November 30th, 1925. This was the only tower Gaudi saw completed. On June 10th 1926, he died as a result of injuries sustained three days earlier when tragically knocked down by a tram. On June 12th, Gaudi was buried in the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia, where his mortal remains rest to this very day. Ref: http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/
Here are some other random photos from our trip. We road segways on the countryside. Ate more good food. Found cute lilt shops. Toured the gothic quarter which had more churches and cute shops. It was such a fun time. Hopefully the photos do it some justice. Most of the photos I got of our awesome hotel, (which I highly recommend by the way… Grand Hotel la Florida http://www.hotellaflorida.com/en/) was via my cell phone photos. Brian and I had some issues with rain leaking into our room so they ended up upgrading us to their penthouse room on the top floor. It was amazing!!! I will definitely go back to that hotel. It was very relaxing and beautiful. Anyway, enjoy the rest of the photos!
That’s it for now! Our next trip is Belgium this weekend. There’s a beer festival going on. I have been told the town looks like a fairytale. I can’t wait. Until next time! (((Hugs to all)))