A Gaudi day and flamenco dancing
Trip Start Feb 28, 2010
124Trip End Aug 28, 2010
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Today we went to see the amazing Gaudi architecture. We first went to look at the Casa Batllo. The moment I walked inside my first impression was "this is breathtaking". All the walls and the ceiling were like waves. They curved in and out and up and down in every direction possible. There were incredible colours in all the rooms that you walked into. But they are still different from each other. They were all unique in their own way. One of my favourite parts of the house was the attic hallway. When you first walked in there were big arches with wavy ceilings between them and on the side of the walls there were ventilation slats. They were like planks of wood pointing diagonally downwards letting warmth and air into the house but they kept out the rain and bad weather. Another glorious part of the house was the rooftop where there were colourful mosaics everywhere you looked and big, tall funny shaped chimneys
After I thought that we had seen enough of Gaudi, as I was getting dizzy from all the strange shapes, we went to see the famous Sagrada Familia church. Gaudi himself never actually finished this as he died half way through. But to this day they are still continuing to construct it.
Of course, more Gaudi. We went to see a very well known park, Park Guell designed by Guadi where you get a wonderful view over the city of Barcelona. On our way to the park the taxi driver told us that if you look very carefully from the top of the hill at the park you will be able to spot the Gaudi buildings as they have such unique rooftops. It did take me about 10 minutes to spot them however I did finally see Casa Batllo.
Sadly there was a lowlight to this day. There is an amazing old fashioned and modern theme park in Barcelona. But, of course Dad said no after we had just spent the last two days looking at art galleries and museums that he wanted to go and see (and we didn't even make one complaint). But instead we went to a flamenco opera concert. The show was an hour and half. There was live music with flamenco dancers
1. The dancers looked like they were stomping
2. The musicians instruments were out of tune
3. The singers sounded like they had a frog in their throat (no offence to anyone)
All in all it was a once in a lifetime experience.
Genevieve says, "Well I really enjoyed the flamenco concert. I wore my very stylish Spanish dress. When we got in there the musicians were playing. Then the guitars got loud and out came the flamenco dancers. They were very good at tap dancing. It was amazing how they moved their arms and turned and stepped so quickly. The dresses were glittering in the stage light while the bottom of their dresses dragged on the floor. Then they picked up their dresses and swirled them around and moved their hands around. It was terrific. I can't even describe it to you it was so good. There were lots of people there so, of course it was a bit hard for me to see. The flamenco music was opera. They were playing their guitars, drums and flutes very well. The singer was really good with his high and loud voice going right across the stage. I was doing a little tipperty tap on the floor myself while I was watching them dance. At the end they all came out and danced together. They all bowed and that was the end of the show. We caught a cab home and that was the end of our terrific day.