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Spain - Barcelona 1 | Personal

June 20, 2019

The last leg of our trip was Barcelona!!  We caught a flight out of Granada and checked into one of our favourite Airbnbs of the trip.  Barcelona was full of personality, colour and good vibes.  If you've been to Barcelona you know about Gaudi.  Antoni Gaudi is the famous architect know for his one of a kind style.  No straight lines, whimsical, and deeply inspired by nature.  He is evident all over the city.

Loved the buskers in Spain!  I've never seen a piano on the street before.

After getting settled into our Airbnb and grabbing some lunch, we had a tour booked at Palau de la Musica.

This tour was great!  What a beautiful place.  The architect designed the building as a garden.  The chandeliers on the outside represent sunflowers that face into the middle one representing the sun.

They played the 3000 pipe organ for us and it was pretty magnificent.

The Barcelona Cathedral.

The Barre Gotic district of Barcelona.

Carrer del Bisbe.  Kinda reminded me of The Bridge of Sighs in Venice.

The next day was visiting Gaudi sights!  This is Park Guell, designed by Gaudi.  It was intended to be a residence housing project, but World War I happened and the community was a flop.  Now it's a gorgeous park that many come to see.

Pathway of Columns.  Gaudi drew inspiration from a surfer's perfect tube for this double decker viaduct.

We took a walk over to Bunkers del Carmen to take in some city views.

Sagrada Familia!!!!  Another trip highlight for me!  This is Gaudi's masterpiece.  He laboured on it for 43 years until his death in 1926.  It is still under construction and they are hoping to have it completed by 2026 on the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death.  Above is the Passion facade and below is the Nativity facade.

I photoshopped out the cranes in this shot, but it is a constant work in progress.

The Nativity facade is the only part of the church that is finished.  Each facade chronicles the life of Christ from birth to death to resurrection.

I thought the outside was stunning and then we stepped inside.  Blew me away!!!

We went up the Nativity tower and we were able to stand out on one of the balconies.

The light!!!  The light inside was overwhelming.  Gaudi, a devout catholic, decided to encourage worship by allowing light to flood in through numerous windows, vaults and skylights.  The morning light shines in through blues and greens.  The late day light shines in through the reds and oranges.

Just wow!

More of Barcelona in my next post.

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