Barcelona, Spain #travelthursdays

We started with a walking tour of his most famous works and our tour guide asked
us: Gaudi – Genius or Madman? (Warning, you may want to make a cup of tea and get a
biscuit, this is quite a photo heavy post, sorry!)

Antoni Gaudi
(1852-1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism.
His architecture reflected his passions of architecture, nature and religion.
(
Wikipedia)

He created/modified some of the most amazing
buildings, using nature as a basis for everything he designed. The Sagrada
Familia was his masterpiece, and is still not finished nearly 100 years after
his death, even though he spent the last 12 years of his life exclusively
working on it.

The Passion Façade of the Sagrada Familia

The Nativity Façade

Up the on the
bridge between the Nativity Facade towers:

Sorry that was so
Photo heavy – the buildings were just out of this world. I think he was both a
genius and a madman – you have to be both to be great I think.

Top tips:

  • Pickpockets are disgustingly rife. Be wary of anyone who speaks English to you or gets too close especially on the tube. Make sure everything is zipped securely.
  • La Sagrada Família: we took 5 hours to wander around. It’s really funny, we meant to spend a couple of hours max (including the tower tour) but it just sucked us in.
  • Best tip we were given? Book your Sagrada Familia entry tickets online in advance – the entry queues are phenomenal otherwise, and book your tower tour when you enter the site.
  • Definitely catch the cog train/furnicular to Montserrat. It’s gorgeous.
  • Try Pinchos. You pay by how many sticks there are on your table