I wanted to visit Spain mostly for the culture, especial Catalonian culture (Barcelona), it wasn’t until I was there that I realized that the city of Barcelona was huge and its architecture as various as its people. Barcelona has miles of white sand beaches, hundreds of museums, incredible tapas, interesting fashion, and what I felt was the best shopping besides Florence during my time in Europe. These are photos from the early part of the 5 days we spent there (hence pt 1).
Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel, very near to our hostel
Monument to removed citizens
Frank Gehry’s woven fish form
fish tail in the sun
new development along beach
Natural Gas building, shaped like a butterfly
View from our hostel window
Paella with seafood
Richard Meier’s Museum of Contemporary Art
first sight of the architectural freeform master Antoni Gaudi. He drew an incredible amount of inspiration from natural forms around his home city of Barcelona. The tiles that he uses on atriums and building exteriors are incredible.
Other more contemporary architecture north of Las Ramblas
Casa Mila on our tour day
Seaweed inspired doors
sectional model of Casa Mila includes vaulting in attic space. It had been meant for use of tenants of the apartment for hanging up wet laundry.
reconstruction of the suspended chain models Gaudi used to understand the countering forces to be dealt with. (this is the cathedral model)
cathedral model showing intricacies of form
Roof sculptures on Casa Mila
Seaweed wrought iron balcony
So, some shop lifters tried to steal Josh’s bags, then some police in street clothes caught them as they were running away after Josh yelled at them. Then the lady cop had to interview Josh and get an incident report from him (in chairs under umbrella). Lindsay is nervous as she eats her sandwich wondering what she could be asking Josh, and she is just happy it wasn’t her. Mmmm sandwich.