My 4 day trip to Barcelona, with my dear fiend Manuela.
I have been to many cities and towns in Spain.
I live but 1 half hours away from the north west border.
I have to admit..that i like the smaller towns than the big cities.. Barcelona has 10 million habitants..
We both arrived home with very mixed feelings of Barcelona. Maybe because we both love so much Lisbon... A little bias I suppose! and deep down I am a country girl. I love the outlying spanish villages.
I had only been to the airport of Barcelona . Then straight to the yacht marina. That was my first time there, 3 years ago.
I didn't know Barcelona. I think I can safely say, that no one knows a city well unless you live there.! This is the case of Barcelona for me.
I would need about 2 years to get to know the city and its people..Many of who are proud to call themselves Catalans .. We both had a wonderful chance to speak spanish once again, that was a bonus.
I know the City and coast line from the sea. Sailing the med with my eldest son and family around the coastline to Palma ,Mallorca and other towns a few years back,on his beloved "Pheonix" ..below. Once again after his summer sailing "Pheonix" is moored in her berth in Barcelona.
Indeed a wonderful City, with long avenue's and parks and benches to sit on, to while the day away(we did not have time for that) Its great architecture.
A paradise for lovers of large buildings and strange designs..both modern and classical and many futuristical styles.
designed and built by Antoni Gaudi..
Architect.. born 25th June. 1852.
died June 10th 1926.
A Catalan of Spanish Nationality. Born in Reus in the Catalonia province.
His work is notably known, as "Catalan Modernism"
His "Magnum Opus" - Sagrada Familia- Casa Batilo- Casa Mila..are known to us all.
We did not walk around the park Guell.. as it is about a three hour walk.. It was 38º that day...It was just too much, our energy levels were low. (not as young as we once were)
All the photos were taken by me. I have put them in no particular order.. Many of you I am sure are well familiar with Gaudi's work.. Simply amazing.
Gaudi was a conservative and religious man . With strong political thoughts and was closely linked to his defence of the cultural identity of the Catalan people.
One of our taxi driver's... made it clear to us, that he was Catalan.. he was all for independence and totally autonomy from the Spanish. He was a very nice young man.. and showed us other parts of the city.
Gaudi left it all to our own imagination to interpret his work of his ideal dreams.
I am still amazed at what I saw and Gaudi's visions.. Of what he thought when he was building his buildings.. They are unique to our world of Architecture.
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos in the Flamenco Palace Both leaving with dizzy heads, dancing and clapping all the way back to the Hotel. Ole , Ole Ole..
It was an amazing show.. The main "Gitano" Gypsy dancer was around 56 or so.. he was a breathtaking dancer..
All in all a wonderful 4 days...
We had seen the highlights we wanted to.