Barcelona – How Can I Forget?

After all that studying I thought it might be time to take a break and hop the next flight to the sun. So to Barcelona I headed. I’ve been down in that area alot lately, but never to Barcelona. With my Pop as my travel companion, I hit the airport (shiver, bad feeling remains from my ash cloud experience). We spent five sunny days exploring the sights and sounds of the city and it was ace.

We walked non-stop and covered loads of ground (my torn up feet are a testament to that), and here are some of the highlights. Like all the Gaudi Buildings in the city. They are absolutely stunning; fun and free buildings modeled on nature and covered in mosaics and other intricate detailing.

The Sagrada Familia church is perhaps the most iconic of all buildings in Spain (and the most visited). It is something to witness. I think I would want a few days solely to visit it as the detailing is incredible, your never going to spot everything first time. The inside columns are just like flower stems or tree trunks reaching above the canopy. Stunning. I could really take some inspiration for some jewelry.

These are some close ups on the type of broken tile detailing that Gaudi did (from Park Guell). Its amazing that even through the tiles have been smashed they retain a sort of pattern.

And then there was my must see building, that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time now. The infamous Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe. It was wonderful to visit it and it was just as beautiful as it had appeared in all the pictures, the only down side was that I had to share it with a mass of students who got into most of my shots. *sigh* you can’t have everything.

Perhaps the highlight of the trip was on the final night heading to see the Font Magica in the Olympic Park. Built at the same time as the Barcelona Pavilion for the same Worlds Expo, it was the first fountain to combine music and lights into a synchronized performance. It capped the holiday nicely.

Overall, Barcelona is a great city; with the mountains, the city and the beach. But worthy of a return visit? Maybe. Although I still have so many more places to tick off!

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