I'm totally in Spain right now!
Barcelona Travel Blog› entry 10 of 30 › view all entries
June 2nd, 2006 – by: djkessler3
Yesterday was hands down the most exciting and memorable day of the whole trip. We had breakfast and a brief concert prep (which I will talk about in a moment) before setting off to see Antoni Gaudi's most famous works of architecture, the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila. The Sagrada Familia, which is located just outside the old city to the northeast, is a basilica that has been under construction since 1892. At the time of Gaudi's death in the Twenties, the Sagrada Familia was only 20% finished.
After that, we walked a few blocks to the Casa Mila, a world-renowned apartment building and museum. The aesthetic of the design makes reference to marine life with undulating walls and iron-work kelp embellishments. The apartment itself was pretty interesting, but it was the terrace that I will never forget. When you walk out on the roof, you literally are transported to a fairytale place with all sorts of organic sculptures.
That night, we went to the first concert of our trip, a solo Spanish classical guitarist. The concert was held in a Gothic church downtown, which was quite an unforgettable experience. The guy was incredibly talented, so it was worth every minute.
Today, as I said, was very exhausting. We headed to see the German Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe at around 9:30 (another awesome work of architecture), spent nearly 2 hours there sketching and just enjoying the place, went back to the Sagrada Familia to climb the spires, and then hiked up to the Park Guell, another of Gaudi's masterpieces. The walk was intense, but the panoramic views of the city made it worthwhile. There are also some really fascinating monuments by Gaudi.
In other news, the food and weather are much better in Barcelona than Madrid. The meals are still not unbelievably tasty, but they're satisfactory. Every day has been clear and sunny, and the temperature never exceeds the 80s, so it's quite comfortable.
If the weather holds out, we are going to head to the beach tomorrow afternoon. I've also got to catch up on laundry and homework, so it's a good thing that we don't have any mandatory events planned. As always, I hope everyone has a wonderful day, and I will see you in the next update!
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