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London, England, United Kingdom
July 4, 2012
From journal The great Barcelona part 2
January 31, 2008
From journal A Walk Around Barcelona
April 14, 2004
La Cascada, the Baroque fountain with its staircases and entries, its winged sculptures flying fancifully, is a fantasy worthy of Disney or Ludwig. Nearby is the lake with its boats for hire to provide a little fun for adults. Oldsters strolled through the park or lingered on benches parked in shady corners. Many people were just stretched out on the grass catching a bit of sun. On this occasion we visited the Museum of Modern Art (See separate entry), with its emphasis on Catalan artists and Modernisme, a movement that developed concurrently with the development of this park and the Exhibition of 1888.
Ironically, this truly peoples’ park replaced the abhorred Citadel the Bourbon King Felipe V had constructed to police the Barcelonans after their rebellion against him, an act that had forced the removal of some 14 city blocks of the Ribera, and the relocation of its residents to the area of Barceloneta, an area just adjacent to the southeast of the park that we had explored on a misty first day after our first tour of the park. After the dread Citadel was torn down and the land given to the city, the park’s architect, Josep Fontsere went to work, assisted by a then obscure young Antoni Gaudi. The phantasmagoric winged creatures of the Cascada suggest he had considerable input in the park’s embellishment. Domenech y Montaner’s Mudejar Castell des Tres Dragons is now the Zoological Museum. And, though we did not visit it and see its famed albino Snowflake, the Zoo is here.
Since its inception, sculptures have been added to the park like the ugly "Tribute to Picasso," by Tapies, but also the aptly commemorative "Exposition Universal of 1888" by Antoni Clave just off to the left of the park gates, which was added in 1991 just before the Olympics. Like so many prominent sites in Barcelona, Ciutadella is on an historically significant spot, displays many examples of the spirit of Modernisme in art and architecture, and represents the relics of a world show of Barcelonan enterprise and creativity.
From journal Bittersweet Barcelona -- Surprises - Bargains
January 28, 2003
Just outside the entrance are facilities to rent bicycles and surreys (what I call four-seated buggies with a cover), however some of these vehicles can't acually come into the main areas of the park. While strolling along the park's paths, we heard some music being played so we followed it. We ended up in a little square where a band was playing and groups of people of all ages were dancing a strange circle dance (we later found out it was the sardana, a Catalan dance of brotherhood). We watched the dancers for a while and then climbed to the top of the fountain just behind us. Our guidebook simply refers to it as the "ornamental cascade," but it is MAGNIFICENT! Gaudi helped design it and it was based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome. We could have spent hours staring at the carved statues and water. Another feature of the park is a lake which is used as both a place to rent boats and also as a home for thousands of birds and ducks! It was like a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." I still don't know how those people on the boats didn't get pooped on!
From journal Offseason Barcelona
by Jose Kevo
July 13, 2001
A good place to begin is the Arc de Triomf; an impressive brick version of the Paris original. The arc leads into a sprawling promenade filled with benches, roller bladers, street entertainers, and a fresh foods market open earlier of a day. Continue on until crossing Passeig de les Pujades where you'll officially enter the City Park.
You'll immediately see several large, historical buildings with a medieval modernistas design as well as a separate major trail leading off to the left. For the historical structures, most outstanding is the Castle of the Three Dragons which houses a Zoological museum. Next are two arboretum green houses sandwiched around another structure which is a Geological museum. There's a small cafe in one of the arboretums, but otherwise you'll likely find the outside designs more impressive than anything within.
As for the earlier trail leading off to the left, follow it until you hear the waters thundering from the Casacada waterfalls in the northern corner. Combining statues, plants, pools and fountains, centered around a rather large monument, this is a great place to lose yourself for a couple of relaxing hours. (And yes, Gaudi played a part in helping create this, too.)
From here, the City Park gives way to lots of open lawns and shaded benches perfect for relaxing. Centrally located within the park is the Museum of Modern Catalunyan Art and the House of Catalunya Parliament. You'll also find it hard to miss the sounds and smell from the large city zoo which is said to have the only albino gorilla in captivity. For $9+ admission fee per person, you'd hope they have something decent!
* City Park is also a good spot to combine with the waterfront for a lite day of touring and relaxing. Read my Beachfront Barcelona journal entry, also.
From journal If I had to live in Europe...
Tarrytown, New York
June 6, 2000
From journal Soaking up Barcelona, Spain