Spring Break Part II ~ Barcelona

Ciao Tutti!

I finally have gotten all of my photos organized from the second part of my travels during spring break, so I can now tell you all about the second city I got to visit: Barcelona!

Me and my friends left Rome very early in the morning from Rome, and arrived in Barcelona around 11 o'clock, so we could still manage to do half a day of sight seeing, and we took full advantage.

Since me and my friends are architecture nuts (which is not in any way embarrassing) we went to see the work of one of the most innovative thinkers of his time: Antonio Gaudi.

Antonio Gaudi lived a short life, but while he lived he completed some amazing projects in Barcelona. Some people travel from all over the world just to see he his work in this lovely Spanish city. There were four main buildings that we visited by Gaudi in Barcelona. First we saw two amazing apartment buildings designed by Gaudi, which are located on the same street and separated by only a couple of blocks. These two buildings are the Casa Batllo and the Casa Mila. I cannot quite put these buildings into words, but if you look at these pictures of the buildings, you can understand why they are impossible to put into words...

Gaudi's Casa Batllo at night

Casa Batllo's insane window details

Gaudi's Casa Mila

An interior courtyard of the Casa Mila

These buildings were truly spectacular, but there were two more places designed by Gaudi that we got to see on our first day in Barcelona: Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia. The Parc Guell is a lovely park that was designed by Gaudi, complete with crazy columns and incredibly ornate and organic detail, which is what made Gaudi so famous.

The Sagrada Familia is a different type of civic space, and after experiencing this piece of architecture, it became my favorite building of all time. The funny part about it being my favorite is that it will not be completed for another 16 years! It is an incredibly ornate church that has been under construction since the late 1800's. Gaudi's design was so intriquite that even with today's modern technology, it will not be finished any time soon. Some of the outside is finished, and the interior of the church is mostly complete. This will be another situation where I simply cannot explain these places properly to do them justice, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Look forward for another blog from me soon, this blog only covered day one of our trip to Barcelona!

Thanks for checking out my blog, and I promise to have more content posted within the next day or two.

The main entrance to Gaudi's Parc Guell

As promised, crazy columns from Parc Guell!

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, with cranes still working on its construction

Me inside the Sagrada Familia, truly amazing!

A closer look at the ceiling of the Sagrada Familia - spectacular!

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