Barcelona was a short stay during the end of my vacation time, but despite the rain that harassed us a couple times it was quite incredible. For those of you not too familiar with geography or the autonomous communities of Spain, Barcelona is situated in the Northeast corner of Spain in Cataluña. The language there is actually Catalan, however everything is also written in Castellano (the Spanish spoken throughout all of Spain) and English. It sits right on the coast and is a major vacation and tourist city.
There were quite a few impressive sites to the city, but I found myself mostly infatuated with the architecture of the city. Barcelona is not only famous for the architectural works of Gaudi, but also Miró and others I’m sure. The city has a certain energy to it and many quirky things to discover. One of my favorite eccentricities of the city is when it gets dark and food vendors with amazing samoas come out. It was completely unexpected but greatly appreciated.
¡Adios por el momento!
One of the many houses the Gaudi designed in the city of Barcelona. There are at least 4 if not more, though they were way too pricey to enter. Gaudi is famous for his innovative organic designs and use of materials.
La Sagrada Familia, a cathedral of Gaudi in construction. It is enormous and is so incredibly interesting. They have been working on it for a very long time and it is projected to be finished around 2026 or so. This was Gaudi’s last major project before he died, hit by a tram. Engineers are trying very hard to reproduce all his models and plans and create it exactly the way he planned. It was incredible to be inside the cathedral before it was finished because all cathedrals tend to be very old and created centuries before I existed, but once it’s complete I can say I saw it while it was in the process of being built.
A view of Barcelona from Park Güell, a property designed by Gaudi, turned into a public park by the city.
One of three crosses that sit on top of a peculiar structure within the Park Güell.
The lizard being hugged by the mysterious girl is incredibly famous and more or less the symbol for the park and maybe Gaudi’s work in general.
The park entrance. I more or less fell in love with the park and its intriguing shapes and colorful mosaics. The houses reminds me of ginger bread houses during Christmas time.
Barcelona city with a tower from the Museum of Gaudi, within the park. It was around here that I heard one of many street performers singing and was compelled to spend 10 euros to buy a CD of hers. There was something unique about her voice and use of the Catalan language that was so entrancing.
A beautiful church in the center of the city that looked something like ruins from an Indiana Jones movie.
A snap shot from the dock in Barcelona. In the picture there is the sea, the mountain, a boat, a monument (the giant rings), and a very dramatic sky.
The beach in Barcelona, which was cold but very therapeutic for me. In all my time away from water I forgot how calming the sounds of the ocean and the smell of salt is. It was fantastic getting to take my shoes off and walk in the sand a bit while watching the waves break. As great as it all was, the smell and the sounds were still different from those in Hawaii and I think I won’t really get my fix till I get back home for Christmas.