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Eixample Left

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  • Day5

    Historische Gebäude 2

    April 30, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    1 & 2 Dieses Haus steht in der Carrer de Pau Claris 192. Es befinden sich einige Geschäfte unter anderem die „Bar Mut“ in dem Gebäude.
    3 & 4 Architekt: Josep Puig i Cadafalch wurde zwischen 1904 - 1906 erbaut
    5 & 8 In der Avinguda Diagonal ist der Nachtclub Garage 442 🍸
    9 & 10 Fundació Antoni Tàpies - Der Künstler selbst gründet die Fundacio 1984 selbst, um der modernen & klassischen Kunst einen Raum zu geben. Was ihm nicht nur mit der Wolke auf dem Dach gelingt sondern mit immer wiederwechselnden Ausstellungen namhafter Künstler sowie die größte Sammlung an Werken über asiatische und präkolumbianische Kunst. Themen wie Architektur, Design, Kunsthandwerk, Fotographie, Film und Video sind auch vertreten.Read more

  • Day3

    Tour of Barcelona

    February 23, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    We all slept pretty well last night. We are at the Hotel Alexandra on Majorca St. It is a contemporary hotel, not too big, with excellent staff and a good location in the Eixample area of Barcelona. This area was a military district until the 1860’s when it was razed for a planned community. As a result, the streets are laid out in a grid system and all are 20 meters wide; 10 meters for cars and 10 metres for the sidewalks. The streets have many trees and the architecture has a distinct Art Nouveau look. It is very reminiscent of Paris with lots of wrought iron balconies.

    Very sensibly, each corner is cut on a 45’ angle, rather than 90 degrees like in North America. This allows for parking for about 6 cars on each corner of an intersection and provides much better sight lines.

    Our morning bus tour took us first to the Sagrada Familia (more about that later), then on to Montjuïc. Much more interesting than the standard “scenic view” point. Montjuïc has sports facilities ( swimming, riding, tennis, platform tennis) a soccer stadium, an art museum in a former palace, and many repurposed buildings from the Olympics. Fortunately it is a beautiful day (sunny and low 70s).

    We finished the morning with a short walk down Las Ramblas. This is the major street to the water and a “ must do “ for tourists. It is a busy commercial street with a wide, heavily treed boulevard down the middle. Very busy and prime hunting ground for pickpockets. We took a short detour into the Bari Gotic. This is part of the original city with very narrow, twisty streets and remnants of the city walls.

    Then back to the hotel before heading out to return to the Sagrada Familia for an audio tour.
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  • Day3

    La Pedrera, Casa Milá - Barcelona, Spain

    August 23, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today was museum day apparently. I went to see one of Gaudí's creations. This one is a gorgeous apartment building. The architecture is so unique, the furniture made to meld to the body, even the door handles made to for one's hand most comfortably. The coolest part was the roof, pictures here. The last picture is of one of his other buildings that I passed on the wayRead more

  • Day23

    Casa Milà, "La Pedrera"

    March 14, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Das reiche Ehepaar Milà wollte sich von dem damals teuersten und berühmtesten Architekten Antoni Gaudí (1852 -1926) ein Haus errichten lassen. Die Bauarbeiten dauerten von 1906 bis 1912 und hatten ein monumentales Gebäude zum Ergebnis. Es kam aber auch zu großen Meinungsverschiedenheiten zwischen dem Ehepaar Milà und Gaudí, somit war es auch das letzte zivile Bauwerk, das er errichtete. Alles in dem Haus beschreibt eine gewellte Kurvenform, schmiedeeiserne Balkongitter gestalten die Außenfassade, der Dachboden besteht aus mit ziegelsteinen verkleideten Parabolbögen. Das Highlight ist sicher die Dachterrasse mit ihren überraschend gestalteten Kaminen und Skulpturen wie aus einer anderen Welt.
    Zum Rundgang gehört auch die Besichtigung der Wohnräume der Familie Milà, außerordentlich luxuriös und geschmackvoll eingerichtet für die Zeit vor 100 Jahren.
    Zu Mittag essen wir ein Tapas Menü in dem stylischen Restaurant in "La Pedrera".
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  • Day10

    Casa Mila - La Pedrera

    October 16, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    בית בעיצובו של גאודי.
    הגג נורא נורא מרשים ומצדיק לבדו את הביקור.
    פנים הבית גם יפה אבל אני חייבת להודות שאחרי כל מה שקראתי על המקום ציפיתי להרבה יותר.

    קנינו fast track pass מראש ועברנו בשניה תור של תיירים מתוסכלים. בפנים קיבלנו אודיו-גייד מעניין ואינפורמטיבי.

  • Day10

    I am a Geometer

    October 16, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    אנטוניו גאודי האדריכל המפורסם והגאון שברצלונה פחות או יותר שייכת לו הכריז על עצמו "I am a Geometer".
    יש לו טכניקת מידול ממש מגניבה של מודלים הפוכים. הוא משתמש בשרשראות ושקים כדי ליצור מודלים קלים להכנה וקלים במשקל.
    התמונה הראשונה היא של מודל תלוי ומראה מתחתיו.

  • Day3

    Casa Mila

    June 20, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Heute morgen waren wir zuerst die Casa Mila besichtigen. Wirklich ein sehr außergewöhnliches Gebäude, aber auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert! Nachmittags sind wir dann durch das Gotische Viertel geschlendert und abends lecker Tapas gegessen. Da wir noch fit waren haben wir uns noch die Sagrada Familia bei Nacht angeschaut. Wirklich beeindruckend.Read more

  • Day2

    Two Days Exploring Barca

    January 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We are very pleased with our boutique hotel, u232 in the upscale Eixample (pronounced eh-sham-plah) area. Breakfast is included in our special Black Friday rate of $100 CAN and is a traditional European breakfast, which means the usual bacon, sausage, eggs, toast, juices, as well as sliced meat, tuna, cheese, salad, yogurt, fruit, unusual vege dishes, champagne and the most delicious pastries. It is more like a Canadian brunch. I woke up at 5 am, which is very odd as this is normally closer to my bedtime, and had to wait until 7 to go for breakfast! John insists seriously that the plumbing fixture next to the toilet is a “short sink” and I haven’t been able to convince him that it is a bidet!

    Still feeling sluggish, we opted to explore the neighbourhood on foot. On day 2 we logged in nearly 13,000 steps or 8.6 km, with many rest stops. The highlight of the day was the Gaudi Casas built in the early 1900’s during the Modernista period with some classified as World Heritage sites. The large homes are so unusual that we both agreed that Gaudi must have been on drugs but that he was a gifted architect. We later learned that his inspiration came from nature. His designs were definitely way ahead of his time. We stopped for a light lunch at the Hotel Grandvia and the interior was very impressive as it was all white. A light lunch was served in a room full of comfy sofas, where I actually had a cat nap as we were the only ones there.

    Our first impressions of Barcelona:

    - It is a lively, exciting city with a population of 3 million. There are lots of people out and about at all times of the day with many international tourists.
    - We saw lots of smokers (but fewer than London or Paris) and no obesity.
    - The streets are full of cars, taxis and motorcycles/scooters that all drive way too fast.
    - Pedestrians do not have right-of-way so we had to tread carefully. Green lights change quickly!
    - The main thoroughfares are wide streets with boulevards and are called Gran Vias. The side streets are all one-way streets. In Eixample the streets are on a square grid like in Winnipeg but each corner is diagonal to allow better visibility.
    - Good food is available everywhere and tipping is not required. Wine is good and cheap. At the supermarket I bought a mid-priced Spanish wine for $6 and it was very good. I could have bought several others for $3 but only the good stuff for me!
    - Our Spanish is far worse than their English skills, although very few spoke English outside of the tourist areas.
    - Winter weather has been pleasant with highs of 18 and lows of 12 but it has been quite windy every day. Light jackets have been needed especially in the evening.
    - The Metro is very efficient but you have to walk very long distances underground to get to your right train. We rode 5 times for $1.50 each. I tried not to racial profile fellow passengers or think about potential terrorist attacks :(
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Eixample Esquerra, Eixample Left, Eixample Izquierda

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