During our travels, I have found that I enjoy architecture a lot. As we walk down the street, I am constantly pointing out "cool buildings" to Bobby. His response many times is, "Which one? Oh. Hmmm." Indicating to me that he is trying to relate, but often does not appreciate the "coolness" like I do. On October 21st, he humored me by going on a Gaudi self-guided walking tour. Gaudi is admired around the world as one of the most distinctive architects. The unique technique and use of natural forms make Gaudi creations stand out from the pack of other buildings. After already visiting Parc Guell, I knew this would be an interesting walk. It's also important to keep in mind that he designed these building in the early 1900's.
Since I was more interested in Gaudi and his work, I planned the route and researched the information. I opened up wiki pages for each of the buildings on my phone so that we could read about the history and characteristics as we stood in front of each building. Luckily, right before we left our apartment Bobby glanced over my handwritten directions and loaded a map on his phone of the area. As we stepped out of the train station, I was thankful that he helped point me down the correct street. He laughed at my handwritten directions. "Who still does that?", he asked! Anywho, we started first at La Pedrera, also known as the Casa Milà. It was a controversial design during the early 1900's. Architecturally it is considered an innovative work for its steel structure and self-supporting facade. Other innovative elements were the construction of underground car parking and separate lifts and stairs for the owners and their servants. I found it interesting that Gaudi wanted the people who lived in the flats to all know each other. Therefore there were only lifts on every second floor so people had to communicate with one another on different floors. Another cool feature was the roof and the chimneys. All of Gaudi's works were very expensive to enter. We decided that we would just enjoy from the outside and look at pictures on the internet of the inside. :)
|The building next door was also really cool, but seemed not to receive much recognition. |
We always knew we were at the right spot because of the huge crowds.
|Amelie in front of the Nativity Facade.|
|There were so many scenes from the Bible carved into this facade it was almost easily missed. I made myself slow down and really look at each area.|
|The church has already closed for the day when we arrived which ended up being nice to view the outside without lots of lines and people in the way. The first day we came here it was crazy busy with people which is maybe why I missed so much.|
|The Passion Facade.|
|"Everyone lean in and say cheese!"|
After an afternoon of riding in the stroller, our next stop had to be the playground. We played for an hour or so at the playground across from La Sagrada. Bobby and I were still able to marvel at the massiveness of the church while Amelie and Liam ran around the playground.