Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Travel Post #18:A Gaudi Day in Barcelona

On Monday (October 29th) we departed the ship after being on board for 24 days. We quickly and easily transitioned to our Barcelona apartment, located just a few blocks from Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia. Here we are outside our building, waiting to be let in.

A little peek inside our apartment:

We didn't waste any time, not even taking the time to unpack. We just set off for Gaudi's La Pedrera (Casa Mila), built in 1905-10 as a combined apartment and office building. La Pedrera is described by The Lonely Planet travel book: This undulating beast is another madcap Gaudi masterpiece.  We were able to visit the roof, the attic, and an apartment furnished as it would have looked in the early 20th century.

After a wonderful lunch . . .

. . . we were off to La Sagrada Familia, still under construction after 100 years. This building is said to be Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece where everything is devoted to geometric perfection and sacred symbolism. (Guesses for completion are anywhere from the 2020s to the 2040s, although some areas have already undergone restoration.) Once we walked  inside, it took our breath away.

It was a good first day.

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