Date: Mon 10th June
Flew into Barcelona on a nice warm sunny day. Nice for a change! Pre-arranged to be picked up from airport and dropped off at Ana’s Guesthouse at the north end of town. As it turns out, it’s in a great location (particularly if you want to be central to Gaudi’s work!). Ana has a great apartment and is a great host so a big thumbs up for our accommodation.
After a late start to the day, we headed off to see the main Barcelona strip and the port. We got a couple of hundred meters into our trip when we bumped into a very strange organic looking building. It turned out to be Gaudi’s “La Pedrera” built in the early 1900’s. Our curiosity (primarily due to plain ignorance) got the better of us and we diligently queued up to see what all the fuss about Gaudi is about!
A couple of hours later we came out far less ignorant and in awe of this mans brilliance. Earlier ignorance had judged the fellow a sandwich short of a picnic and at face value it’s not that hard to do. But once we got a deeper look into this one example of his work we were blown away much like our first experiences with the Camino Cathedrals (and of course Barcelona has one of its own).
We will now be rearranging our Barcelona itinerary (not that we really had one) around visiting his other works around town!
We still did manage to see the port and of course the famous La Rambla strip and staggered back home just before 11pm.
Our first impressions of Barcelona are very positive. It’s a great happening city (but there’s something on the nose about their sewerage system!)
Amy – This is a not to be missed city for anyone studying Architecture!