A couple of summers ago, I took some students on an almost two week journey around Spain (we happened to take a side trip to Morocco). And of course, no trip around Spain is complete without a visit to one of it’s largest cities: Barcelona. Barcelona quickly became one of my favorite Spanish cities. I loved it’s Mediterranean vibe, which is hard to explain since honestly, it’s a feeling. It’s the outdoor sidewalk cafes, hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas, fabulous fashions that the women rock (like the flowing harem pants) readily available gelato, and the Christmas light decorated nightlife along the water.
While touring around Barcelona, you can’t help but come across the funky and colorful architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Park Güell is a public architectural park that Gaudi originally intended as his private village. I’m not going to lie, some of the students and I recognized the park from an finale episode of America’s Next Top Model. Tyra Banks flashbacks aside, I just adored the mosaics and crooked lines.
Gaudi’s most famous work is the constantly under construction cathedral – La Sagrada Familia. I seriously spent about an hour starring at the ceiling in La Sagrada Familia. Well, when I say starring, I mean through a camera lens. I was so crazy camera happy the entire time, which isn’t unusual for me in a place with natural lighting and tons of colors. It’s like a botanic garden or an outdoor wedding, but with architecture, Jesus, and stained glass. Pure photography gold!
And just in case you are wondering, the word gaudy (like tacky) isn’t related to the architect Antoni Gaudi. I checked.
We drove by another one of Gaudi’s creations, Casa Batlló which looks like a dragon and all the bones he ate. Scales are included, adding a pop of color.