Exterior of Casa Mila
We had a few final things we wanted to see on our last day in Barcelona
. Most of it was Gaudi-related. Gaudi is a famous architect who was prolific in designing buildings, apartments, churches and other things all over Barcelona in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You can visit several of the buildings he designed and you can walk by others. We headed over to the Diagonal to check out some of his buildings and their wild curves, arches and designs. We toured the Casa Mila which is an apartment building he designed in the early 1900´s. The building is all gothic style and contains many outrageous curves and shapes, as well as a rooftop terrace that makes you so dizzy you feel like you might fall right off.
Attic of Casa Mila
People still live in this building, but they have one apartment set up as a museum so people can see what the interiors look like. It was interesting to see his style and designs and to imagine living in the building.
After Casa Mila we headed over to Sagrada Familia, the massive gothic temple that Gaudi never finished. He died in 1926 when he was struck by a cable car, and as we discovered they are still trying to finish the cathedral today. It costs $12 euros to enter, and you get to go about 20 feet inside the door and see one small portion of the actual cathedral. There are scaffolds, drapes of plastic, ladders and construction equipment everywhere and despite the fact that there is a museum about Gaudi and the cathedral in the basement that you can visit, you feel a bit ripped off paying that much and seeing so little.
Dizzying rooftop terrace of Casa Mila
I decided to view the 12 euros as a donation towards the eventual completion of this massive church. For an additional $2.50 you can ride an elevator to the top of the spires. We did this and it was pretty amazing. You are really, really high up when the elevator lets you off and you can actually cross a bridge that spans between two of the spires. To get back down you follow a never-ending, very narrow, spiral stone staircase back to the ground. There are small windows carved into the spire so you get some amazing views of Barcelona and also of the cathedral as you descend. It would be better if this were included in the price. I saw several people sternly talking to the docents and complaining about the price and how little you actually get to see and if the elevator trip up was included people might not feel so robbed.
After making it back to solid ground my camera battery died. Yikes! I was supposed to charge it last night, but after pizza and a few beers I forgot all about it!
One of my goals is to travel every continent and to put my feet in every ocean and sea in the world. I have been in all but the Arctic Ocean and today I got to add the Mediterranean Sea to the list of seas. We headed back over to the Olympic village and walked along the beach a bit and I was able to wade in and enjoy the very cold sea. It is a cloudy, rainy day so we opted not to have a beach day as we originally planned.
We are trying to pick up some souvenirs and our only other plan for the night is to try to get some delicious paella to top off our trip. Sevilla is long enough ago that we are willing to give it another try!