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May 28th, 2010 – by: cotterb
The Casa Milá was neat because they took up up in an elevator to the attic where through a series of exhibits try to help you understand what Gaudi was trying to accomplish and his inspirations.
Finally you can see one of the apartments which has been preserved (not updated). It was surprisingly large with several bathrooms, servent quarters, and entertaining areas. For being an old apartment it was huge.
From Casa Milá we went to the Segrada Familia which is another church....but they´re not done building it yet. They´ve been working on it for years and are still working on it. Because their only source of funding is visitors and private donations the price was a steep 12€.
We walked in and saw some the main area which was mostly closed off and full of dust while the workers, who were directly in front of us, were busy. This area was fairly small and we were a little upset that this was all we could see. One of the attendants was polite and directed us around the outside of the church to the crypt which, until the building is done, is a huge museum dipicting how the plans were made, how they´re progressing, and what things will look like when they´re done. That was actually pretty interesting.
From there we continued out and saw the side of the building Gaudi was actually involved in building. He died in 1929 so a lot of the work done on the church was inspired by him, but performed (and no doubt changed) by someone else. This side of the church was actually supervised by him and was of a very different appearance then the front side we had seen. It too was interesting however. From this side is where we chose to catch the elevator to the top. There are two elevators at this church and the front elevator had a line that was easily an hour long. The back side however had a line that was only about 10 minutes long. For an extra 2.50€ each we rode the elevator to the top which was an amazing view.
The elevator only goes up...so we had to walk down. It was a long walk, but every time out looked out a window you could see something different because it was a spiral staircase....a narrow spiral staircase. At the top some women wanted to go up...they insisted and squeezed through, but it was tough.
Once down we shopped a bit then left the tourist area and found a very typical spanish cafe for lunch. Kim had fish soup which was actually a fish stock with hard boiled egg and rice in it. A different take on fish soup.
I was full, and we were ready to head back to the beach so Kim could put her feet in the Mediterranean Sea. She´s trying to put her feet in all the seas and oceans of the world. We crossed off several on this trip already and this was the next.
We hopped on the metro, changed lines, and walked out towards the beach when I realized that I had left the stuff I had purchased at the cafe. Bummer. After the photo we were actually able to take a bus directly back to the church and find our cafe. Fortunatly he had our stuff sat aside...what a nice guy.
It´s almost 7pm now as we are both updating our blogs. We´ve planned on being in the hotel room by 9pm tonight so we can pack and try to get some sleep. Changing our pattern will be hard, but going to work next week will be harder even though I still love my job and am excited to return.
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