Barcelona Journals

A Bit of Gaudi

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An August 2008 trip to Barcelona by MichaelJM

The Metro Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: As well as being a great city Barcelona is about art and about Gaudi. But you do need to be careful

The Metro and its Dangers!

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The Metro Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Sometimes a great holiday can be tarnished by local rogues. We’d been fairly impressed with a seeming absence of people sleeping rough and a limited number of beggars on the street. But, and yes there is often a “but”, our appraisal of the City was to be changed when we descended into the Metro.Having checked out the metro map we pondered on the instructions on the automated ticket dispenser before realising that the instructions could be selected in English and multiple single journey tickets purchased in “one go”. At the time of writing this a journey anywhere on the Metro costs a mere 1.25 Euro and I reckon it’s far easier to get around underground than it is to catch a bus.The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2008

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

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Attraction | "Park Guell"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Guell Park is a real delight and I’d certainly recommend a visit. It’s easily accessible by metro and then a short well signposted stroll to the Park. It was conceived by Eusebi Guell who commissioned Gaudi to design and build a “garden city” alongside the Guell estate. The project itself failed and Gaudi continued to develop his concept of the people’s park. His aspiration was to blend architectural constructions into nature and develop an affinity with natural vegetation. The three kilometres of winding pathways take the casual stroller close to architectural designs of pure Gaudi fantasy and enable them to totally unwind from the pressures of busy city life.The entrance to this magni...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 10, 2008

Park Guell (Parc Güell)
Montana Pelada, Gracia District
Barcelona, Catalonia

Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudi)

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Attraction | "Casa Museu Gaudí"

Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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In the Park Guell make sure that you set some time aside to visit Gaudi’s house. As you would expect it’s a quirky place and the guide-book says that it has “maintained the structure” of when Gaudi lived there. It is absolutely crammed full of treasures - a veritable Aladdin’s cave!There's an enforced intimacy about the museum as it's fairly small with narrow staircases and there's a constant jostling for position. There must be some controls for numbers entering but we didn't have to wait too long and used the double ticket that we'd bought at Casa Batloo (making admission much cheaper).The house was Gaudi's home from 1906 (at the point of completion, so he was the first occupant...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 10, 2008

Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudi)
Park Guell, Carretera Carmel
Barcelona, Spain 08024
34 93 2193811

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "Casa Mila - Top Floor and Beyond"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The roof spaces are never usually designed to inspire and often you’d only clamber to the top to explore the view, but here at Casa Mila you’ll get the best of both worlds. There’s almost a 360° panorama of the City’s skyscape, but more impressive is the Gaudi influence on the foreground. It’s almost weaved into the cityscape and although this will have changed considerably over the years it’s almost as if Gaudi took account of it when undertaking the work high up here on the roof of Casa Mila. Of course like many rooftops there’s a plethora of chimney pots but these are somewhat different - there’s a myriad of colours on the curious shaped stacks and for Lewis Caroll fans you’d almost be ex...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2008

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08007
34644 291 481

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "Casa Mila"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Before you even enter the Mila you’re with the strange and yet fascinating world of Gaudi – the building looks “off the wall” from the main street and I could feel the excitement building as I neared the front of the queue for the ticket booth. The mosaic walls are enhanced by the organic curves of the bow windows and the randomly shaped and positioned balconies. Delicately carved “twig like” columns serve more as decorative additions rather than structural support and the 20 plus windows over 5 floors almost seem to be smiling down at us. This place has character and really doesn’t seem to be an inanimate building – I know that sounds daft, but the house does seem to “live”.Once inside two ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2008

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08007
34644 291 481