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"
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"
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!"