What a pleasure to stumble upon Gaudí’s work everywhere in Barcelona, including Casa Batlló.
According to my audio guide, La Sagrada Familia was intended to feel like a forest. The trunks made of different stones provide multiple colors and tensile strengths.
TIP: Do not wait in line all day to visit the Sagrada Familia. Buy tickets online and pick them up at the Caixa ATM across the street or just get them at the ATM.
Gaudí designed the light and space to remove one from the everyday and inspire reflection on the world beyond this one. Well done. If it wasn’t for all the tourists…
Sometimes I feel a sort of tourist road rage. It seems that when on holiday, many people forget their manners, walk around licking ice creams like they’re the only ones in the world, and lose respect for local culture, people, and churches.
Needless to say, no one heeded this sign or the encouraging reminders to take this opportunity for silent reflection in every chapter of the audio guide. At the very least, teenagers posing in front of the crucifix for Facebook photos were pretty quiet.
Tourist madness at Park Güell. There are certainly more people in the world than there ever have been.
As a former designer, I would never have attempted the combination of colorful detailed tile work and organic colors and shapes but it totally works. These bird nests built into terrace walls mimic the trees planted on them.
Attention to detail is everywhere in Park Güell, including the best way to enter it, from an escalator (the Vallcarca Metro stop).
Fun was had, even with the crowds.