Exploring Barcelona

Entrance to Parc Guell with a view of the City and the Mediterranean Sea.

During a visit to Barcelona a few years ago, I discovered that Barcelona is a City that have everything. Being the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, Barcelona, is the capital of the Catalunya region of North Eastern Spain.  From my photo above, it shows why Barcelona have everything: it has magnificent Architecture and parks built mostly by Antoni Gaudi, the city has wonderful museums from the Picasso Museum, Joan Miro Museum and the Museu Nacional D'Arte De Catalunya, it offers the best of Catalan cuisine with mostly fresh seafood, tapas and Monastic Spanish Sweets, there are Centuries old Buildings in the Barri Gothic district to Art Deco Buildings in the Las Ramblas, two grand Cathedrals being the Barcelona Cathedral and the still unfinished Gaudi's masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, fantastic shopping for Spanish clothes and leather shoes and accessories and most of all, it has the Beach at its own doorstep, known as the Costa de Brava in the Mediterranean Sea. Besides all I have mentioned above, one characteristic unique to Barcelona is the mix of rich cultural heritage with its own Catalan language and culture together with some French flair. 
Mosaic tiles created by Antoni Gaudi in Parc Guell. 

Parc Guell was designed by Antoni Gaudi from 1900 to 1914, commissioned by Count Eusebi Guell as a housing development which turned out unsuccessfully. The only good outcome is that the whole park became a Municipal park full of natural wonders designed by Gaudi now open to the public. The park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Locals come up here to unwind and to get some fresh air. 
This whole garden in the park was designed by Gaudi using all of the most  natural elements like building the stones as columns.
The whole park showcase many different plants and trees all displayed beside Gaudi's natural masterpieces.
Gaudi designed around nature instead of destroying it. On the right photo, instead of cutting the huge tree trunk, Gaudi spaced the columns between it to save the tree trunk. 
The white Mansion was the residence of Count Eusebi Guell and the Pink mansion was Gaudi's residence now known as Gaudi House Museum.
Another Gaudi masterpiece is the mosaic salamander known as El Drac (the dragon).

All around Barcelona, there are more Buildings designed by Gaudi like the Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera. Visit the rooftop for more of Gaudi's mosaic creations like the twisted chimneys for smoke to come out better, water tanks shaped as snails and stairs used as water tanks. All of Gaudi's whimsical designs focused around natural elements of plants and animals. They were not placed there for aesthetic purposes only but to make the structure and building function effectively. The shape of the building here was curved so that light will be evenly distributed in all parts of the Building.  A very modern design during that time in the early 1900s. This building was designated UNESCO World Heritage site. 

La Sagrada Familia is the most famous masterpiece of  Antoni Gaudi. It remains unfinished because Gaudi died at an early age of 37 yrs when he was hit by a tram car on the streets of Barcelona. I share here what Gaudi designed and built depicting the Birth of Jesus Christ (left photo). As you can see, it is quite aged and eroding. On this side, Gaudi used natural elements again to build the Cathedral. For example, he built turtles at the bottom to support the Palm Trees trunk which were the columns rising all the way up. You saw from Parc Guell the Palm Trees which was an inspiration for Gaudi. Then on the other side of the Cathedral (right photo) is the newer construction depicting the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. The new construction still follows Gaudi's vision and principles in designing this Cathedral. Truly magnificent on all sides which you will discover when you get a chance to visit it.

I always believe that we must keep an open mind when it comes to Art. Discover the modernist creations of Joan Miro. On Montjuic area of Barcelona, lies the Fundacio Miro Museum. It showcase a majority of Miro's colourful and modern artworks and sculptures. Here is a view of Barcelona.
It is not E.T.
Miro's interpretation of a Woman and a Man. What do you think?

The Museum's park is perfect for a stroll with great views of the City.
Another Museum to visit with spectacular views of the City is The Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya up in the Parc Montjuic area of Barcelona. The Museum exhibits works of art from Catalan artists from the Romanesque to the Gothic collections plus some works of arts from El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens among other famous artists. There are also special Exhibits currently showing like the The Battle of Tetouan of Fortuny.

When in Barcelona, one area you will definitely not miss is the Las Ramblas. The Las Ramblas is a pedestrian only boulevard connecting Placa de Catalunya to the Waterfront. We stayed at the Le Meridien Barcelona which is literally beside the Las Ramblas near the Placa de Catalunya. We walked all the way  passing by gorgeous Art Deco buildings and the Placa Real (many restaurants there) all the way down to Columbus Circle and then the Waterfront. Las Ramblas is a very busy boulevard and even has one of Barcelona's largest market the St Joseph Market.

Inside St Joseph Market, commonly known as La Boqueria. As you know, I love markets so I never miss going in and discovering places like this. Look at the so colourful and exotic fruits here.
Walking along the Las Ramblas, we discovered some Art Deco Buildings (left photo). When we turned on one of the streets along the Las Ramblas, we discovered the area of Barri Gothic (right photo), the oldest part of the City.

A Spanish musician playing with the Guitar in the Barri Gothic area.
The Barcelona Cathedral is located in the Barri Gothic area of Barcelona. Inside is a very Baroque style. One of the highlights of our visit there was on the rooftop for a 360 degrees view of the City.

The glass building on the horizon is the W Hotel Barcelona located by the Barcelona Boardwalk and facing the Mediterranean Sea. As I mentioned above, Barcelona has the Beach at its doorstep. The W Hotel is the best place to stay if you just want to hang out on the Beach.
The famous and historical Els Quatre Gats Restaurant since 1897 located at the Barri Gothic area of Barcelona. Famous Spanish painters would hang out in this restaurant and donate their art works for a free meal. One of the large painting on display was a replica of the self portrait by Ramon Casas: Ramon Casas and Pere Romeu on a Tandem, 1897 (bicycle ride). The original is exhibited at the Museu National Catalunya. Pablo Picasso had his first one man show here in the restaurant. This restaurant was also one of the setting in the Bestseller novel Shadow Of The Wind written by Carlo Ruiz Zafon. I highly recommend reading this book as it is set in Barcelona with a plot full of mystery, thriller and a love story which I believe best describes Barcelona too.

Thank you for reading and exploring Barcelona with me.

May you all have a wonderful weekend.

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  1. A really wonderful overview of Barcelona - I have been there but only briefly - another visit is definitely something that I must do. I am particularly keen to see the Gaudi and have been intending to visit for a long time. You have must prompted me - thank you.

  2. I went there a year ago! Your photos are bringing back many memories.


  3. Barcelona is a beautiful city! :)

  4. Hi Pamela! Thanks for sharing your photos! Bacelona is an amazing city, my dream is visiting it and make also lotf of shopping:) The Sagrada Familia is so impressive, love the mosaic tiles too, pure masterpieces! Have a good weekend dear, kisses! xo

  5. Looks like you're having a great time! I really want to go there too :-)


  6. You explained and showcased it really well Pamela. It's beautiful! Their architecture is very unique. Love the markets. Gorgeous parks. :)

  7. Love markets too, it's hard to find some other place with more life.
    Barcelona is in my travel drafts for a long time now:) Lovely photos and a good timing for posting,
    just early enough to start saving for the summer;-)

  8. Pam..I MISS U!!! HOW do u like barcelona????? great pics:) I like you Pink post also....I wish I can buy them all:)



  9. LOvely pics!! Barcelona is amazing :)

    A chic kiss ;)

  10. Wow, what beautiful pictures and such an inviting I want to visit Barcelona! Thank you for sharing with us. have a super weekend!

  11. Looking at your photos I can definitely believe that Barcelona has everything. Thanks for sharing your wonderful travel experience with us

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  12. Beautiful Barcellona!!!! I was there last year!

  13. Great pics! I´ve hear a lot of good things about this city but never been there so far :)

  14. Barcelona looks like a dream, such amazing character and architecture, would love to visit someday. Thanks for your visit, hope you had a relaxing weekend!

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  16. Wow Pam. Just totally got absorbed in this! I know nothing about Spain or Gaudi. His buildings and the park are so amazing. I'd love to get to Barcelona one day. I always learn so much from your blog! Beautiful pictures too.

    Have a great week!

  17. I've always wanted to see the Gaudi masterpiece in person, I think Barcelona has just moved to the top of my travel list!

    xo Mary Jo

  18. Oh wow Pamela, I will keep this post in mind when I visit Barcelona to make sure I visit all your recommendations. La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell will be top of my list with ET a close second! You have had some wonderful European vacations haven't you.

  19. Hey My Fellow Duranie! HaHaHa Oh Gawd, I just knew I was going to marry John Taylor! HaHaHa I loved him. My friend that went to camp with me loved Roger Taylor. NOW, I prefer Simon LeBon! HAHAHA We use to stay up, watch all of their videos Pamela and buy their teen magazines. Obsessed MUCH? LOL My favorite songs were Planet Earth, Hungry Like The Wolf, Union of the Snake, The Reflex, and Is There Something I Should Know! I still have some of their albums. LOL I've got to make a playlist. We have a lot in common!


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