January 21, 2012 § 5 Comments

After four years of looking at a picture of Sagrada Família on the front of my beat up Spanish textbook, I found myself standing  in front of this iconic symbol in Barcelona.  I couldn’t believe I was finally there and witnessing the Cathedral for myself.

Designed by Antoní Gaudí beginning in 1883 the Cathedral is still under construction with plans to be complete by 2026 (…we shall see).  The intricate design is a mixture of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles and is the highlight (and tragic end) of Gaudí’s career.  One can’t visit Barcelona without visiting this world-famous cathedral.

Barcelona is bustling city that is always running…no, always strolling. At all hours of the day (and night) a parade of people flood the street, strolling down the wide boulevards window shopping and taking in the sights.

Their destination?

I have no clue, but they are always out and walking!

By far my favorite part of Barcelona was the inviting weather. I ditched sight-seeing one afternoon to take a nap on the beach and remember what sand between my toes and a sunburn feels like.

Day 1 in Barcelona my friends Mike and Kathy joined me in roaming around the city.  We found our way to an architect’s pilgrimage site– the Barcelona Pavillion. The Barcelona Pavilion is a small structure designed by world-renown architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to represent Germany in the 1929 International Exposition.  The building’s use of exquisite materials, planes of glass and water make it an important design in the history of modernist architecture.

At dust we found our way to Barcelona Cathedral located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarters.  We spent some time in the Cathedral taking in the eerie interior and gothic exterior.

As mentioned before, Gaudí’s work was the highlight of our architectural sites.  We had a ‘Gaudí’ day and checked out his most famous works– Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, Família Sagrada and Park Guell.  We were overwhelmed with his use of colors, nature and whimsical forms.

Our final day in Barcelona we took some time to wander around the large open air market.  We enjoyed tasting samples of fruits and nuts and chatting with vendors.  The rest of the day we spent at the beach soaking up some Vitamin D.

Thank you for a wonderful four days Barcelona.  I hope to be back again!

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