Barcelona Day 3

Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, November 1, 2010


               So nothing huge happened today.  We had the morning and some of the afternoon to ourselves before the rest of the group took the bus back to Aix.  So we went out to get hot Chocolate.  I had heard that Spanish hot chocolate was supposed to be very good; very rich and thick.  Wow was that true.  You could rest your spoon on the top of the hot chocolate and it would sit on top and not sink.  It was delicious; there was really nothing to compare it to.  Although we tried hard, since Helen can't eat chocolate, so we tried to describe it to her but really couldn’t think of anything.  After that the rest of the group had to get back to the hostel to grab their luggage and get to the bus.  I bought another painting from a street vendor that I had been admiring since I got there.  I gave that and another souvenir to Angelica and Tiffany to take back to Aix for me so I wouldn’t have to worry about taking them to Porto and back on the plane.

So after they left and I said my goodbyes I went looking for the Picasso museum.  I had heard about it on my travel podcast, and then some of the girls in our group had gone and given it a good review.  So I went in search of it.  It took me quite a while to find it but while wandering I got to see more of the city.  I found some beautiful churches, statues, monuments, shops and street performers.

I finally found the Picasso museum which was actually very good.  It had quite a bit of his early work, since much of his later life he spent outside of Spain due to Franco.  It was really interesting to see his younger work which is not what you would expect from Picasso.  It was very classic and realistic.  The museum was arranged in a chronological order.  So it was fun to watch his work progress from his realistic work when he was a child to the more modern and strange style we associate with Picasso.  You could really see how the many artistic movements of the early 20th century inspired and affected his development as an artist.

My favorite part was a two room exhibit of a series of paintings he did of Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas.  My Grandmother had a print of this in her house for years and I was always creeped out by it.  I think it was the scary midget staring at the painting.  Anyways he did numerous versions of the painting in a very interesting and very "Picasso" style.  It was really interesting to look in the paintings and try and find all of the little details of the original in Picasso’s version.  I much preferred Picasso’s interpretation, much less creepy.

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