Barcelona: Day 2–Passeig de Gracia

Day 2 was a day of walking.  Walking, walking, walking. We started out by lining up to see the famous Sagrada Familia (by the architect Gaudi).  20 minutes into the line we decided to buy the tickets online at night so we can fast track the line the next day.  (Bad idea: we were UNABLE to buy the tickets because of website issues and ended up in an even longer line the next day!).  For some reason, the website REQUIRED us to input “middle name” even though we had no middle name when using a visa card!

So we started the Antoni Gaudi tour.  The WHOLE of Barcelona seemed to revolve around this one architect.  Everywhere we went, the tourist attractions and signage said “Gaudi Gaudi”! I had never heard of Gaudi nor the “modernista” movement before this trip so it was soo interesting to see this kind of architecture.  Very gothic and yet also very much like “Alice in Wonderland”. Afterwards, we visited the Picasso Museum, which turned out to be free for this particular day!  yay!   We  sooo did not understand any of his work!  Everything was just sooo abstract.

And then we ended the day with the Magic Fountain of Montjuic at Espanya.  The fountain was about 4 storeys high!  They synced the start and end with music but the movements itself was not synced.  The atmosphere was soo lively.  Full of people.  People were even dancing at the fountain.

Tom: Do you think this matches the Las Vegas ones??
Me:  Are you kidding???  this is grand but have you not seen the las vegas one on youtube???!!! Smile 

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This famous house Casa Batlo or in other words “House of Bones” was designed by Gaudi.
The facad is full of colourful stones, very fairy-tale like.
And the inside… everything is “roundish”.  nothing squarish or rectangular! So peculiar.

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Doorways and windowframes were rounded, handles were rounded… even the CEILING was rounded…
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All rounded window frames.
The window sizes are smaller on the top than at the bottom as more light enters on the top.

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The blue tiles in this skylight were darker on the top as more light hits the tiles at the top.
The concept is that when you look up, it feels like you are under-water!

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The fairy-tale like roof top! Reminds me of Alice-in-Wonderland or
the roof of a house that might have belonged to the Seven Dwarfs.

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McDonald’s (left) had a screen for ordering to “skip the queue”.
Well… we ended up waiting longer using this than if we had used the normal queue!

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La Pedrera (Casa Mila), another work by GAUDI.
After spending 20 Euros on the previous house, we did not feel like spending another 20 Euros to enter this one.

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Glimpse of the inside (right) from the souvenier shop Smile

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It looks ugly to me.  Just huge and beastly!

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Other modernista and surrealist architecture
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This looked middle eastern to me! Smile
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Right – Even McDonald wall was inspired by…Gaudi.
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Musical Theatre… by…none other than Gaudi.
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Gaudi everywhere….

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Right – Gaudi street lights!

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Gazpacho!
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Fountain at Espanya!  It was about 4 storeys high!
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View from fountain
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VIew towards fountain

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2 comments

  1. anne

    haha, went through all your four days blogs, it was awesome right, do you feel the pattern in blue wall in casa batlo the same as LV’s logo design?

    • haha but our favourite day was day 5!!! 🙂
      i didn’t notice but now you say it it looks very much like LV logo!!! maybe LV copied from gaudy! haha 🙂
      did you go into the other house as well?

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