As I write this first day's post I am sitting in the rapidly cooling temps, enjoying a cool breeze, the fading traffic noise...not so much enjoying the screaming toddler just up the block! I love visiting cities but this small town girl just wouldn't want to live in the frantic fray!
Jonathan studied a bit of Spanish architect Antoni Guadi in school and led the way on a trek around the city to see two of his fantastic structures. The first was Casa Batllo, with it's colorful tile, mask like terraces and rolling structure face, this was the most unique building my eyes had ever seen...until the next Gaudi building!
The building right next door was beautiful in more of a traditional Spanish style...I am in architecture heaven here! The heavy gothic trim is an amazing feat of craftsmanship.
Glad we came to see the Gaudi buildings...however I do prefer a more "normal" gothic building style like this beautiful church. The intricate detail is wondrous to behold!
Michael is a Nutella addict. Most mornings find him spreading a generous layer on his English muffin then topped with raspberry jam! This gigantic jar caught his attention and it was only after I was uploading the pictures that the detox week sign was noticed...how ironic!
This is the other side...looks like something out of Tolken book! Look these buildings up online...my pictures do not do this justice. You really have to see it to believe it!
Strolling along the streets in Barcelona was pleasant in the perfect sunny afternoon. A local florist, a Kimbo sign (nick name from my boys:-\...and beautiful turquoise shutters with decorative iron terraces caught my eye.
After the promise of "one more block" several times from Jonathan, we finally arrived at our second Gaudi monstrosity. I am not usually a whiner about long walks but remember we have been traveling for 21 hours straight with no sleep! I am happy to repost that I did not strangle the son-in-law and that the walk was worth the unbelievable building before our eyes! This is the Sagrada Familia Basilica which has been and still under construction for 100 years since the first stone was laid. Michael commented that Antoni really let his imagination run wild!
Ironically we ate Italian food for dinner..we will definitely chose a Spanish culinary experience tomorrow!
Many blocks later we ended up where we began...good night!