A few years ago (2009 I believe) myself and a friend decided to take a girly holiday to Barcelona for a few days. The aim of the holiday was to see the amazing work of Gaudi and eat lots of lovely spanish food. And thats exactly what we did.
We rented a 2 bed appartment about 20 mins walk from Las Ramblas. We walked to Le Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell on the same day. It was a long walk on a hot day but well worth it. Even though Sagrada Familia still isn’t finished it really is a breathtaking sight. We spent some time wandering around inside and then took a trip in the lift to the top of the spires. What a view!! Beautiful in the sunlight.
After taking pictures of each other with the city spread out behind us we made our way to the spiral staircase back down towards earth. That was scarey – for me anyway. My legs were like jelly when I got to the bottom.
We then headed to Parc Guell. The salamander (or dragon) was magnificent and it was lovely to walk around the gardens and Gaudi’s house.
And then came the tapas. And the beer. One of the best days. I did get a bit sunburnt though!
We did adventure to other places in this amazing city; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Camp Nou, Port Vell, La Boqueria market and we even took an open bus tour. The whole trip was amazing and going back to Barcelona is definitely on my to do list!
Wiki article on Gaudi.
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (Catalan pronunciation: [ənˈtɔni ɣəwˈði]; 25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) was a Catalan architect of Spanish nationality born in Reus, in the Catalonia region of Spain and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.
Much of Gaudí’s work was marked by his big passions in life: architecture, nature, religion. Gaudí studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts in whichhe was skilled: ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forgingand carpentry. He introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such astrencadís, made of waste ceramic pieces.
After a few years, under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by nature. Gaudí rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as three-dimensional scale models and molding the details as he was conceiving them.
Gaudí’s work enjoys widespread international appeal and many studies are devoted to understanding his architecture. Today, his work finds admirers among architects and the general public alike. His masterpiece, the still-uncompleted Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Catalonia. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Gaudí’s Roman Catholic faith intensified during his life and religious images permeate his work. This earned him the nickname “God’s Architect” and led to calls for his beatification.