Wow, what a city!
Mum and Dad were over so on day one we decided to climb up one of the tallest points in the city. This is where Gaudi built his house and the park around it, where some on his most famous mosaic artworks are. The view over the city was great; it was a brilliant day with clear blue skies. We were surprised at how dry the land was, almost like a desert.
The buildings around the area are bizarre. The building at main entrance looks like a Gingerbread house.
The paths are made up of archways that look like rocks and are placed in a way to only just hold together. Musicians play under the walkways; it gave a serene and peaceful feeling to the place.
That afternoon we headed to Casa Mila, the round building Gaudi built with strange chimney-like structures on the top. His buildings are so ugly they are beautiful.
We headed up to Montjuic Castle the next day. Another beautiful day in terms of weather and got to look out over the city from another side and the harbor.
That night we booked in two events. The first was to the Palau de la Musica Catalana (Gaudi didn’t build this one!!) where we listened to a short organ concert, while appreciating the stained glass surroundings.
Then back to Casa Mila for the nighttime light show. The light show was very cool. They projected images and video onto the structures on the top of the building.
The Sagrada Familia, a must see, is the most dominating building in Barcelona. It was hard to tell what was old and what was new in this place. Because it is still being built (and isn’t due to be finished until 2026) there is a massive contrast between old and new and only two sides of the building and some of the spires are complete. It’s still an impressive building, even if it is very strange.
The inside was my favorite. All the stained glass windows projected beautiful colors around inside.
The next day we took the train to France.