Spain – Spectacular Gardens & Gaudi Tour 2016
Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Barcelona and the Costa Brava Coastline
June 7th – June 16th, 2016


June 12th Sevilla to Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde. It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.

We are taking the fast train and once into Barcelona head to our hotel where we will get settled in and then meet to visit Casa Mila, one of the principal works of Catalan architect and artist Antoni Gaudi. It was wonderful to be able to see how the residents lived in these apartments, what types of furniture they owned and what the kitchens and bathrooms looked like. Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’, is probably one of the most famous buildings of the Catalan Modernisme or Catalan Art Nouveau period and one of the architect Antoni Gaudí’s most ambitious works. It is a container that is a work of art in itself. Gaudí planned Casa Milà
(1906–1912) at the age of fifty-three, when he was at the height of his powers and had found a style of his own independent of any established ones.
It turned out to be his last civil work and one of the most innovatory in its functional, constructive and ornamental aspects. Indeed, thanks to his artistic and technical ideas, it has always been considered a breakthrough work, outside the concepts of the time, a rara avis in Modernisme itself and, especially, a work that anticipated the architecture of the 20th century.

As I walked back to our hotel I was taken with all the doors and window dressings. We are here in Barcelona for 4 nights.

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