Well, its been a week and the sting of losing my iPhone to a hippy nitwit pickpocket has worn off. So, now that I don't hate Barcelona anymore, I can share with you some of the highlights of Barcelona. The biggest highlight was my company, Elisabeth and Randi. We had such a lovely week together.
|Rediculousness by night!|
However, Randi took a million photos with her fancy camera during the day, so I can share some of the sights of Barcelona with you. What better way to cram an entire city's history into a day, than to take a tourist bus. As a resident of a touristy city, I always looked down on these buses, but I'm an asshole and will proudly wear that egg on my face. This was great, you could hop on, hop off and get a glimpse of everything in the city. From this bus tour, we were able to identify landmarks that we wanted to spend more time at and follow up the following day. This was seriously the best 28 Euros that I spent in Barcelona. So, Bravo Sightseeing Barcelona.
The architecure in Barcelona is stunning. Its all so old and entwined with cultural significance and beauty. Their most prestigious architect is Antoni Gaudi. His presence is celebrated throughout the city. He was largely influenced by gothic revival and his work consists of very intricate designs. Actually, I would guess that this is where the English word "gaudy" comes from. At first, I was not a fan. It was so garish, I couldn't look away.
Defined as "ostentatiously ornamented; garish." The English definition of gaudy pretty much explains his work to a T. This house below was actually my favorite of his works. I loved the fish scaling on the roof and when lit up at night, it looks brilliant and majestic.
|Gaudi "Fish" house, Casa Batllo built 1904-1906|
|Fish Scaled roof!|
|Gaudi by night|
|All lit up...|
|You know what this church needs? 4 more towers...|
|Sagrada Familia, under construction since 1915|
|Not sure if it can structurally hold itself up anymore, lets add webbing!|
|It almost looks like its dripping plaster, but if you look closely its sculptures|
I also liked the FNAC building. It had an incredible view and we passed it like 3 times on the bus, although we never made it back :(
Another great thing about Barcelona is all the art. They are massively supportive of the arts. There are giant sculptures everywhere.
|Olympic Torch in front of Olympic Stadium|
|Weird spider art near the cruise ship port|
|Lichtenstein, chillin by the beach in Barcelona!!|
The people of Barcelona have even turned their tramways into art. They used recycled wood from old railway lines to create eaves to shade passengers waiting for trams. Genius and really really eclectic cool looking.
|Recycled and functional art|
So, we did the bus tour and we did the beach, now it was time for the park. I obviously love parks and wouldn't visit a city without going to one... Park Guell was also designed by Gaudi in 1900.
There was a Gaudi House Museum with a free exhibit that we didn't attend. I was not about to wait in a queue for this one...sorry Antoni.
|Gaudi House Museum|
|View from the park...|
|Super ornate benched seating.|
|Mosaic tiling everywhere....|
|The foliage looked very Amazonian...|
|You know what this park needs? A gingerbread house|
|No, 2 Gingerbread houses, right by the entrance, that's it...perfect!|
This street musician was incredible. I took a video of his fast finger work and tipped him 2 Euros. I hope the pickpocketer is enjoying the video...stupid hippy nitwit.
|This guy was playing a really cool xylophone, finger picky sting instrument|
|Amazing view of Barcelona|
|and then she kissed me.... or tried to.|
There is a giant mosaic salamander that greets you when you enter, for us, he greeted us when we left.
|peace out, bitches|
Overall, I am a fan. I grew to like Gaudi. He had incredible vision. His contributions to Barcelona are magnificent and celebrated duly.
Obviously this is a humor travel blog so we went out to celebrate the town....