So we’ve been back for over a week and I am finally feeling re-acclimated. (Thanks in part to Daylight Savings Time.) Here are some photos from Barcelona and a day trip to Figueres. I’ll link to some of the places in case you’re planning a trip of your own.
I think what makes Barcelona so special is that art is built into the city, at every level. Picasso, Gaudi, Dali, Joan Miro, and others all have ties to Barcelona. You have the ancient alongside the modern, street art, space-age sculptures, monuments, cathedrals, centuries’ worth of architectural styles. And it’s all in this sun-drenched Mediterranean paradise. It makes for a heady experience.
This is me in the extremely tiny staircase of our apartment building in Barcelona.
Barceloneta beach. (Photo by Joshua Mauldin.) I think the hotel pictured looks like a spaceship that just landed on the beach.
Barcelona is utterly enchanting. (Photo by Joshua Mauldin.) We stayed in a neighborhood called El Born, and never wanted to leave.
I shot this video in hopes of capturing some of the ambient sound of this great space. I must add a correction: the Santa Maria del Mar is a basilica, not a cathedral.
We had a lovely bartender at a little dive called Lupara. Her name is Ivana and she took great care of us, recommending a gin we’d never tried and serving us a lunch of cheese, bread, and olives. Spaniards seem to be having a love affair with gin. Madrid and Barcelona are dotted with gin bars and cocktail menus dedicated to the G&T.
La Sagrada Familia is a cathedral designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Its construction has spanned over one hundred years and still has fifty years until completion. It is truly one of the most breathtaking sights I’ve ever seen. It feels alien and celestial, while other parts seem to be carved out of natural rock formations or dripping wax. It is both earthly and otherworldly.
My camera can’t do it justice. This panorama is a little wonky, but it gives you a sense of the scale. We were there in late afternoon and the sun was blazing through the stained glass.
Figueres is a little town north of Barcelona, known for being the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. My principle reason for visiting Figueres was to go to the Dalí museum, but the town had a lot more to offer.
Another fun attraction in Figueres is the toy museum. Old toys are terrifying!
If you’re up for some walking the Castell de Sant Ferran is a fun trek. You tour an old military fortress and take in beautiful views of Catalonia.
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