More photos from our trip to Casa Batlló.
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Gaudi's creations are unlike anything else in this world, and ninety years since his death architects and engineers are still scratching their heads at their genius and standing in awe of their exquisite beauty.
When a Cure song crept out over the bar stereo, it was with great pleasure that I told my friend, "I'm taking my sweetie to see The Cure… in Barcelona!"
"As a child, I would spin my globe with my eyes shut, then I'd touch it to stop the spinning, open my eyes and wherever my finger landed I said to myself that I would go there." -Barb Hautanen
I'm standing at the entrance to Park Güell, eyes closed, awash in a sea of voices speaking different languages. It's one of the things I love most about traveling: losing yourself in the sounds of another culture, forced to be an outsider and at the mercy of the kindness of strangers.
We spent our final day in Barcelona visiting Park Güell, originally conceived as a residential suburban development opened to the public as a park in 1923.
Casa Batlló is a bold, exuberant composition of natural organic forms, symbolism, and brilliant color, with a generous and playful use of mosaic glass and ceramics. The top of the façade is famously known as the dragon's back because the curving shape looks like a spine and the colored masonry tiles are its iridescent scales.
Designed by Gaudi and completed in 1912, Casa Mila (aka La Pedrera) is an apartment building in the Eixample neighborhood. At just over 100 years old, it was not only innovative for its time but is still a model for multi-family housing today.
I've had three architectural experiences that have, literally, brought me to tears: Le Corbusier's Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp, Carlo Scarpa's Brion Cemetery and most recently, Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.
Nestled off La Rambla lies one of Barcelona's great landmarks, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria - more commonly known as La Boqueria. A public market with roots dating back to the 13th century, it is as much a feast for the eyes and ears as it is for the nose and mouth, and was one of our favorite adventure stops in the city.