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"
Basílica de la Sagrada Família, interior aspects. Entering this vast space is mind boggling. And since it is pretty much impossible to take pictures anywhere approaching the quality of the images readily available in books or online while walking around in a daze, gawking at this amazing edifice with a few thousand fellow tourists milling […]Read more "La Sagrada Família, part 2"
The most famous construction site in the world. Cramped into an intersection of busy roads, dwarfed by cranes, wrapped in protective skins, engulfed by traffic noise, children’s squeals, honking mopeds and an undulating sea of humanity from all corners of the globe. This is what you see when you first emerge from the Metra. An […]Read more "La Sagrada Família, part 1"
Our Barcelona exchange home for the next two weeks is located in the La Ribera neighborhood which flows into El Born and Barri Gòtic, the oldest of the traditional Barcelona barrios. We are smack in the middle of a whole lot of hustle and bustle! Come along, entrada! A neighborhood street with neighborhood shops. The […]Read more "Barcelona, a walk"
It’s time to hit the road! After all, I’ve been home for almost a week. Just enough time for switching from my Texas traveling gear to the necessities for springtime in Catalunya and Andalucía, Spain. The drive from Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France, to Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, takes almost seven hours straight driving time, and since we […]Read more "Reisezeit!"