August 2007  &   March 2014

August 2007

Having flown in via London we started our vacation in Barcelona.  One of the most beautiful cities in the world. Especially architecture.  JP and I took tons of pictures while AM just enjoyed the vacation.  Here is a sampling.

Barcelona, 08/2007

Barcelona is the city of Gaudi. It has many examples of his eccentric architecture.

Barcelona, 08/2007

Detail of the ironwork on one of Gaudi buildings

Barcelona, 08/2007

A row of Gaudi houses

Barcelona, 08/2007

Detail of the roof

Barcelona, 08/2007

An example of Catalan Modernisme

Barcelona, 08/2007

... and another

Barcelona, 08/2007

and another - A street lamp post

Barcelona, 08/2007

Port of Barcelona

Barcelona, 08/2007

Barcelona, 08/2007

Barcelona, 08/2007

Sagrada Familia - symbol of Barcelona and a Gaudi masterpiece

Barcelona, 08/2007

Barcelona, 08/2007

Gaudi once told people wondering when the Cathedral will be finished

Barcelona, 08/2007

"My client has all the time in the world"

Barcelona, 08/2007

and it still is a construction site.

Barcelona, 08/2007

Detail of tower

Barcelona, 08/2007

Detail of the facade

Barcelona, 08/2007

Barcelona, 08/2007

An amazing artwork of street lamps

Barcelona, 08/2007

AM and JP in front of Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona, 08/2007

Barcelona, 08/2007

Barcelona, 08/2007

 

March 2014

Another trip to Barcelona was after our ski vacation in Flims.   Stephan had a conference in Valencia.  As we were already in Europe having been in London for one conference and then skiing in Switzerland we had decided to stay and spend the extra week in between visiting Spain.

We flew to Barcelona from Munich.  The brand new airport was very attractive and clean.  We picked our car and drove to the city.  Our hotel was also excellent.  We settled in our suite and decided to walk around the city.

 

 

 

The concierge who helped us getting our bearings warned us about muggings and pickpockets.  This was not very comforting for us, so we hung onto our wallets and cameras even tighter...

El Palace - formerly Ritz - was renovated in 2009.  The Caelis, a Michelin Star Restaurant in the hotel, was hard to get in but the financially enriched concierge found us room at the very early hour of 8:00 p.m.  We were the first ones in the restaurant and it got full by 9:30.  After all this is Spain, right?  The food was nouvelle cuisine and very attractive, it also tasted great.

Our first walk through the city took as to Placa de Catalunya and then Pesseig de GrÓcia.  We walked up the street and visited Casa MilÓ.  Walked up to the roof and then the apartment on the top floor.

Casa MilÓ.

   

  

Stephan enjoying the amazing Gaudi  and the Gaudi masterpiece Sagrada Familia at a distance - Casa MilÓ Roof.

 

 

       

Casa Battl˛ 

 

Thes streetlights and benches

   

 

Parc G▄ELL

Entrance

  

The Large Square - Partially it sits over the Market Place columns carved out of the hill.

     

Washerwoman Portico

 

    

 

Gaudi House in the park.

 Ceramics on the garden walls of the house and the interior of the house.

 

Waterfront and lunch at La Gavina in the Marina

The Giant Lobster above and Roy Liechtenstein's The Head of Barcelona, or El Cap de Barcelona in Catalan below.  It is a surrealist sculpture created for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

  

      

After lunch that day we walked to the Picasso Museum and were thrilled to see his earlier works.

Inside and the courtyard of the museum

  

 

A random street and  Castillo de los Tres Dragones (Catalan: Castell dels Tres Dragons) [above] 

Arc de Triomf and Custom House [below]

    

Sagrada Familia

Finally, on our last day, having done online reservations we got to go and see the progress of the construction of Sagrada Familia.

 

Everything looked great except one of the interior doors with 'The Lord's Prayer' on it.  They had managed to squeeze in 58 languages - including Arabic and Aramaic - but Armenian was nowhere to be found!  That really upset me.  Especially given our history for having accepted Christianity....

       

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