Gaudi

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The Casa Milá
Oddly today turned into a bit of a Gaudi day.  Gaudi was a sculpter and architech that worked in Spain.  There´s and entire park with his work in it here.  We slept in...again...and then caught the bus to the Casa Milá which was designed by Gaudi.  It´s an actual apartment complex that´s 8ish stories high but very oddly shaped, after passing by the Block of Discord and the Casa Batlló.  The Casa Batlló was a building that was redesigned by Gaudi so it looks really funky, and the Block of Discord (which includes Batlló) is a series of buildings that various artists redesigned to be funky in an effort to out do each other.  By funky I mean that there are few straight lines and things often seem like their melting.

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.
Kim on the roof of Casa Milá
  From there you can go to the roof and see how funky he made that.  There´s barely a place to put a table.  As neat as it would be to live in that building I would want to be able to sit on the roof in the summer and relax...

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€.
Looking up the middle, notice how odd all the apartment balconies look.
  Approching we were able to see one side of the chuch with a very funny appearance as a church.  The soliders carved around the doors appeared to be stormtroopers from Star Wars.  Later I saw what appeared to be Yoda too. 

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.
The spires from the ground level.
 

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.
Storm troopers?
  Although it was confining for the entire walk we were able to look out the windows to the spires which were carefully carved and we could see things we never could have seen with our eyes from the ground.

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.
The Familia Segrada.
  I had a hamburger and fries.  My hamburger came without a bun, and I think it was a bit rare.  The fries were great though.  We´ve been pretty good about our Spanish here and have used it for most every needed conversation.  At some touristy places they seem to insist, or want, to converse in English, but at places like this cafe English was not an option.  He listed his menu to us, and we understood it, and we ordered, all in Spanish.  We´re both a bit proud of our language skills during the trip. 

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.
Is that yoda?
  We should have done it yesterday but figured that today would actually be a full beach day for us.  When we woke the forcast was for rain so we changed our plans. 

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.
Kim´s feet in the sea
  We´re both missing our families and dogs a lot.  Many people won´t belive this but we only made one phone call the entire time we´ve been away and that was just because of the engagement.  I still have the rest of the long distance card in my pocket.  With email we´ve been able to communicate with family but even that´s been a bit sparse.  I´m happy that we travel so well together.

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The Casa Milá
The Casa Milá
Kim on the roof of Casa Milá
Kim on the roof of Casa Milá
Looking up the middle, notice how …
Looking up the middle, notice how…
The spires from the ground level.
The spires from the ground level.
Storm troopers?
Storm troopers?
The Familia Segrada.
The Familia Segrada.
Is that yoda?
Is that yoda?
Kim´s feet in the sea
Kim´s feet in the sea
A scuplture showing the full Casa …
A scuplture showing the full Casa…
The top of the sculpture of the Ca…
The top of the sculpture of the C…
On the roof of the Casa Milá
On the roof of the Casa Milá
Looking down the center of Casa Mi…
Looking down the center of Casa M…
Kim in the attic of the Casa Milá
Kim in the attic of the Casa Milá
The Casa Milá
The Casa Milá
A sculpture of Gaudi.
A sculpture of Gaudi.
The Familia Segrada.
The Familia Segrada.
The Familia Segrada, this was once…
The Familia Segrada, this was onc…
The back side of the church
The back side of the church
Going through the narrow stairs.
Going through the narrow stairs.
Kim on the bridge at the top of th…
Kim on the bridge at the top of t…
Going down the narrow stairs
Going down the narrow stairs
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