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November 27, 2002
From journal Minibreak: Barcelona
November 3, 2002
A small museum in the attic provides a good overview of Guadi’s influences and techniques. Fantastically-shaped chimney pots and air ducts on the roof create a magical air. Evenings are the best time to visit the roof. Entrance at this time is limited. It is best to obtain tickets beforehand. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can purchase wine as the sun sets in the hills behind the city.
From journal A week in Barcelona
October 30, 2002
The uppermost story is converted into a display of Gaudi's design techniques, where you can admire his distinct broken arches and the ideas behind the architecture. A staircase leads into the roof and its fantastic chimneys perched on top of the curvy structure like medieval crusaders in waiting in silence for a heathen heretic.
The trip through the house gets you through an elegant apartement in style of the early 20th century. Now that's living! A few floors down you encounter a small souvenirs shop, where you can fill your greedy pockets with all things Gaudi and leave a few of your hard-earned bucks behind.
From journal Barcelona at the tips of your toes
July 13, 2002
Most interesting areas to me were the roof 'playground' and the floor under the roof where all the brick arches which support the building are found. The roof! Was this where George Lucas planned Starwars? How did the neighbors feel where Gaudi started to build this masterpiece?
The gift shop has the best variety of Gaudi related books and gifts you will find including jewelry and furniture. All prices. Something for everyone. This building has aged well and is the home to several families and businesses including a copy shop with internet service.
I am so grateful that we had this opportunity!
From journal Dance, Barcelona Dance!
March 21, 2002
There is supposed to be one tour in English per day, but I received conflicting times from the employees and missed it. As it was, I thoroughly enjoyed my self-guided tour of the rooftop terrace, the Espai Gaudi, and the main floor lobby area. Casa Mila is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, so the crowds can be substantial. I passed on entering one day during the early afternoon because there was a long line in front consisting of school groups. I went back later that day in the late afternoon and waited only 5 minutes in the ticket queue.
The rooftop terrace is definitely the highlight of this tour. Not only do you enjoy fine views of the wonderful Barcelona cityscape, but you can get some amazing close-ups of the unusual collection of "helmeted" chimneys, ornaments and arches. Many surfaces are slathered with glossy jagged white mosaic tiles. One of the arches frames the silhouette of the Sagrada Familia in the distance; take a keepsake picture of this when the crowds are not in your way! Take care while walking about, as there are several short flights of steps on the rooftop. Do not forget to peer down into the amorphous lightwells below.
The brick attic below the rooftop has been established as the Espai Gaudi, a colorful exhibition of the architect's works featuring slides, models and drawings with informative text. The attic is somberly lit as if to pay respect to Gaudi and his cornucopia of creations. There is also a restored apartment that can be inspected for an extra fee. The Casa Mila is also the home base for the Centro Cultural Caixa Catalunya, which sponsors changing art exhibitions as well as the permanent Espai Gaudi. Stop by the shop on the first floor to check out the selection of books and various souvenirs.
From journal Bill in Spain - BARCELONA
New York, New York
July 26, 2001
My absolute favorite part of the building was without a doubt the rooftop, which has an irregular floor with unusual sculptures here and there. It almost feels like the funhouse at an amusement part - it's that strange (and lovely.) On Saturdays in the summertime, the rooftop becomes a nightclub, but I find it hard to believe that someone can walk around up there without killing themselves after having a few drinks!
La Pedrera is located a few blocks north of Plaza Catalunya on Passeig de Gracia. From the old town, continue past Plaza Catalunya on Rambla de Catalunya and make a right on c/Provenca. Walk back down toward Pl Catalunya on Passeig de Gracia and you'll soon pass (on your right) La Manzana de la Discordia, or the Block of Discord. On this avenue block, there are a number of buildings designed by different architects (not difficult to guess which is Gaudi's!) I read that a number of wealthy individuals each hired famous architects who tried to out-do each other in terms of design. The result is a block filled with wacky-looking mismatched buildings.
From journal Living it up in Barcelona
April 2, 2001
From journal a whirlwind weekend in barcelona
March 30, 2001
From journal Barcelona--Gaudi, Wow!
Royal Oak, Michigan
March 25, 2001
From journal Barcelona, not your average Spanish City
Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
November 27, 2000
From journal Barcelona weekend