In an aside to my aside, the entrance shown above leads to the headquarters of the rector, the head of the University of Granada. The current Rectora de la Universidad de Granada, founded in 1531, is Dra Pilar Aranda Ramírez. She is a professor in the physiology department of the School of Pharmacology and also holds […]Read more "An Aside"
Our exchange home location was so well placed that we could walk almost anywhere we wanted to go for either sightseeing, grocery shopping, or eating out. When a place was too far or we weren’t in the mood to slosh through the rain, we took the Metro or a bus. Public transportation in Barcelona is inexpensive and […]Read more "Assorted Barcelona Pictures"
La Pedrera. A brief visit to Casa Milà in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. This is the last residential building Antoni Gaudí designed and built.Read more "Is There Life Beyond Gaudí ? Yes, but first more Gaudí."
Let me conclude our visit to Gaudí’s most wildly fantastic yet sensible design with a few last impressions. Before looking at chimney pots and dragon spines, I would like to take a closer look at the staircase landings, which provide access to two apartments per floor, plus the elevator, while also communicating with the air shaft. […]Read more "Barcelona’s La Casa Batlló, continued"
Our latest Gaudí adventure took us to the splendid Passeig de Gràcia, eine wahre Prachtstrasse, a simply magnificent boulevard. A few houses further up the passeig we found our destination La Casa Batlló right next to a colorful sort’a funky Renaissance style townhouse with Gothic applications. However, Gaudí easily beats any comers in the no-holds-barred […]Read more "Moving from Gaudí to Gaudí"
Our visit to the Nativity Tower of the Basílica de la Sagrada Família shall be my concluding post regarding this amazing, baffling, confusing, yet inspiring architectural wonder. By the way, if you have wiggle room for scheduling your visit, I would strongly recommend to come during a non-school-holiday period and well outside of the European […]Read more "La Sagrada Família, last installment"
Of Doors & Towers Before we get to today’s specifics, I must correct my terminology regarding this Roman Catholic church, UNESCO World Heritage Site and mega tourist attraction in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, la Sagrada Família. It is not a cathedral, as I have called it throughout my reports. A cathedral is a bishop’s seat [church], […]Read more "La Sagrada Família, part 3"