Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

Getting Gaudi in Barcelona.

Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

One great thing about staying in Barcelona for a month is that my time here happens to coincide with a lot of other people’s trips here. Another good thing about staying a month in Barcelona is that I get to see a lot of Gaudi. A whole lot of Gaudi. In my time in Barcelona I took a walking tour of Gaudi’s architecture, visited La Sagrada Familia, and spent a morning at Park Güell.

I’m not going to claim to be either an expert or fanatic over Gaudi’s work. But it’s beautiful and brilliant and I could easily live anywhere he designed…that is, if I ever could come close to affording one of his masterpieces. Which would never happen.

 

Gaudi’s Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

I met up with Darren one day, who I’d just met in Valencia. We grabbed a quick lunch then hit up Barcelona Cathedral before exploring Gaudi’s Casa Mila (La Pedrera).

Gaudi's Casa Mila - La Pedrera - in Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi's Casa Mila - La Pedrera - in Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi's Casa Mila - La Pedrera - in Barcelona, Spain

 

Gaudi Walking Tour

And then the next day, I met up with Lily for a Gaudi walking tour, which took us past many of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, including La Sagrada Familia.


Gaudi walking tour in Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi walking tour in Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi walking tour in Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi walking tour in Barcelona, Spain

 

Palau Guell

And then I was on my own. And I spent an afternoon at Palau Guell.

Palau Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Palau Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Palau Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Palau Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Palau Guell in Barcelona, Spain

 

Casa Batllo

And then I spent another morning wandering through weird communist art at the contemporary art museum before taking an afternoon at Casa Batllo, which was my favorite of his buildings. Seriously, when can I move in?

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain

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