Man Made Beaches and Artsy Design
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
35Trip End Nov 24, 2009
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After the beach, we were walking back to our street and we ended up in the center of a huge parade. It’s a festival week here in Barcelona, called Merce 09. There are so many people in this city, it’s unbelievable. When we first got here I just thought it was the most crowded place I’ve ever been in but now I realize many of these people must just be here for the festival. There are constant parades and stages set up in plazas all over town for concerts. We got to see part of a concert after dinner. It was a funky Spanish band playing to a group of a couple thousand people packed into a square by the big cathedral.
Today (day after beach day), we went to the Eixample district. It’s an area of Barcelona that is mostly modernisme. “Wide sidewalks, hardy shade trees, chic shops, and plenty of Art Nouveau fun make the Eixample a refreshing break from the Old City.” –Rick Steves. It’s also the area Antoni Gaudi (Barcelona’s most famous Modernista artist) spent many years of his life designing buildings, lamp posts, and a giant cathedral. We saw the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Church)- his most famous work. It’s a massive cathedral that is completely crazy looking
Tomorrow we are flying to Prague, Czech Republic! I am really excited for it and am definitely ready to see Eastern Europe. It’s been a good two weeks here in Spain but now I’m ready to move on.
Until next time,
My thoughts on Gaudi… Sagrada Familia is as impressive as the Cologne Cathedral with a completely modern mix of style, color and pure Catholicism
La Pedrera the nickname for Casa Mila was an amazing place. Its nickname means stone quarry because it appears to be carved out of rock. Right on the corner of what was the main thoroughfare of the time (Still a huge busy street), Casa Mila stands out almost a century later. I can’t imagine how thought provoking his buildings were back then; when I can’t think of anyone who has created such thoughtful and useable spaces even today. It is still lived in today and the city owns the 4th floor up. One really interesting thing about the apartment is that he designed most of the furniture. He was hired by a wealthy couple to design the building with a home for them inside. He went a step further and designed specific furniture and even fixtures that would flow with his overall design. Hopefully some of my pics will give an idea of what it was like. Also the attic in which the museum is located was like walking in a whales’ rib cage. The roof is completely supported by the brick arches (rib cage) in the attic, as Gaudi didn’t want to add direct weight to the structure.
I will try and give more of an effort to add some of my views in the upcoming blogs. On a side note one major accomplishment was accomplished today! I finally had genuine Spanish Horchata that I have pretty much wanted since we decided to go to Spain, it has been one of my favorite drinks since I was a kid living in Cali
We didn't take many pictures in Barcelona because of the immense threat of having our cameras stolen. Barcelona is the craziest pickpocketing place we've ever been to (and have heard it's the worst in Europe). We didn't bring our cameras with us on multiple occasions because we didn't want to risk it. That's the reason why there are no pictures of our beach day or just plain pictures of wandering around the city. When we did have our cameras with us, it took most of our energy to keep a good grip on them.