8/27/14

Park Guell: Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell is yet another unusual Barcelona sight.  It's really amazing to me that one architect can have so much influence over an entire city.  Without Antonio Gaudi, Barcelona would not be the same.

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

We were visiting on a very warm July day and so was everyone else.  It was pretty crowded!  We took the Barcelona tourist bus to the Park's drop off point, but that is not right out front.  Be aware that you have to walk up a steep hill to get to the park.

Columns and mosaics at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

You will do a lot of walking the day you visit, but it is so worth it, even if you aren't very active.  Where else are you going to walk through a park that looks like this?!



Gates at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

The park was originally intended as a living community.  How would you like this for your neighborhood?

View of Barcelona from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

I could definitely go for the view of the entire city of Barcelona!  Fortunately for us, the community was not successful and they turned the area into a park.

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

I admit, I used to watch America's Next Top Model.  This is actually one of the venues they used for a finale show.  It makes me realize just how creepy this place would be at night.


Maybe that's why people didn't want to live here.

Cactus in Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

You could get lost in all the trails and vegetation here (lots of cacti, trees and plants).  It's hard to see, but people carved their names into the cactus.  Interesting use of the plant!

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

This is the place to eat while in the park. We didn't go, so I can't vouch for it, but it looks like a great place to hang out for a while and have a bite.  Another great place to hang out is the serpent looking mosaic bench below...and it won't cost you anything.  :)

Serpent mosaic bench at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

This was a very popular area of the park.  The serpent bench is well known and the area had a great view of the city.  I was lucky to get this picture with no one around, but I had to look hard for the spot.

Mosaic fountain at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Mosaic work is a very big part of the park.  Gaudi is known for it.

Mosaic lizard at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

This lizard is one of the most popular of the mosaic pieces and always crowded with people trying to take pictures.  I'm not one to stand around for that sort of thing, so this is the best shot I had the patience for.  You can see the mosaic detail below.

Mosaic lizard at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

What a unique place Park Guell is!  I highly recommend spending a few hours there exploring all the hidden gems.  Have you ever been?  What do you think of Antonio Gaudi's work?  And would you want to live in this "neighborhood"?

7/27/14

Eating at Cerveceria in Barcelona, Spain

If you go to Barcelona, Spain you are going to walk down las ramblas at some point.  We actually went down it every day for one reason or another.  I kept seeing this one restaurant that looked inviting, so we finally gave it a try.

Cerveceria on las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain

I liked the look of the building and the dark wood inside the restaurant.

7/10/14

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Happy travel bug at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Famous landmarks are interesting to me.  A lot of times I wonder why they became so famous in the first place.  La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain is one of those famous landmarks.  It is certainly unique and interesting to explore, but I think another reason that it is so famous is the original architect himself, Antoni Gaudi.
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