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  • Day33

    Day 4 - Casa Mila Rooftop Terrace

    October 30, 2017 in Spain

    The rooftop of Casa Mila us a unique piece of architecture/art. It contains different elements: skylights, stair wells, ventilation towers and chimneys. All open to your own interpretation. Some have been finished using broken tiles, stones, marble and glass.

    Check out these strange shapes and you decide what they represent

  • Day34

    Day 5 - Happy Halloween

    October 31, 2017 in Spain

    I did get to the Sangrada Familia today, but there are soo many pictures to post I can't possibly do them all and the cold meds are starting to make me sleepy So, I leave you with these Halloween images

    Tomorrow we visit the Montserrat Monestary and the Oller Winery. Hmmmm maybe I won't need the cold meds to sleep.

    15,786 steps and counting. Up and at it early tomorrow

  • Day36

    Day 5 - Sagrada Familia (the Light)

    November 2, 2017 in Spain

    The stained glass windows are amazing. The East side of the nave has cooler hues where the sun rises. Warm colors are reserved for the West where the sun sets. Gaudi said the sun is the finest painter.

    I was here at noon, when the sun was warm over head. I hope you can see the colors and imagine the full power of the Sun's paint brush

  • Day31

    Day 2 - Barcelona Greets Us

    October 28, 2017 in Spain

    The flight was uneventful and clearing customs was a breeze. We landed on time at 9:00, to a sunny day of 15. The weather here is unseasonably warm so we were told to expect 20-22 degrees each day. Perfect tourist weather.

    We managed to find our way to the Metro (subway), at the airport and were able to take it to within 500 ft of our hotel. I've earned my good planning badge already and it's only day two!

    Check-in isn't until 2:00, so we found a place for lunch and dined outside, awesome. The no sleep is starting to take it's toll so we've decided to relax on the rooftop. One of us is already loudly napping, think I'll do the same

    Here's the view
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  • Day31

    Day 2 - Roaming Around

    October 28, 2017 in Spain

    After our relax on the roof we went grocery shopping and hit the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. The food was good and we picked up a few souvenirs. The pics are a Jimmy Hendrix guitar, a Ritchie Sambora guitar and a metal guitar installation on the ceiling. We've settled back in the room and one of us is already asleep, and he napped this afternoon, go figure

    Tomorrow is a up in the air day. Bryan has a meeting at 2:00 and I was hoping to start my tours, but it is Sunday and a lot of the day was centered around the beautiful churches here, so I may have to juggle the schedule. The Hotel is located on a four lane road that is divided by a large pedestrian boulevard, so was thinking of a run and breakfast to start the day. That is if sleeping beauty ever wakes up, lol

    I finished the day with 13,717 steps and 5h 13m of sleep in 36 hrs so I'm calling it a nite. Stay tuned for tomorrow's adventures
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  • Day32

    Day 3 - Upcoming Site

    October 29, 2017 in Spain

    Long day today, but got oriented to the city and saw lots of interesting things. Dinner was at the top of the old Bull Arena, which has been turned into a shopping center. I'll visit there later. Below are a few picks of the evening sites.

    To the left of the fountain and past the tall pillars lies a castle of some sort. It wasn't on the list of thing to do, but maybe later in the week. The pool is on a hotel rooftop, much nicer than ours.

    Big day tomorrow, bought tickets for Sangrada Familia and Casa Mila. Will also see Casa Batlo and Casa Amatler. Bryan will join me after lunch and we hope to get to the Piccaso Museum, the Chocolate Museum and the Columbus monument. Below are a few picks of tomorrow's attractions.

    It's going on 11:00, here so my turning in. Finished the day with 24,140 steps, that covers the wine and ice cream I think
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  • Day33

    Day 4 - Casa Mila (1906 - 1912)

    October 30, 2017 in Spain

    A huge wave set in stone. That is how I would describe this building. Casa Mila is the perfect example of how Antoni Gaudi was inspired by nature. The rough outer appearance resembles a stone quary. It has an undulating face with shapes taken from nature.

    This building/ house was commissioned by Pere Mila as a family residence and apartments to let. The building is made up of two blocks of apartments interconnected by a interior courtyard (as you will see).

    The facades of the courtyards, as well as the staircases going up to the main floor, are spectacular in shape, colors and light.

    I hope the pics do it justice
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  • Day33

    Day 4 - Gaudi's Architecture

    October 30, 2017 in Spain

    This is an architectural warm up for tomorrow's visit to Sangrada Familia. Gaudi designed many private residences and buildings in Barcelona before he did mostly commercial work. He was part of the modernists movement which reached it's peak in the late 19th and early 20th century. Gaudi rarely drew detailed plans of his work, instead preferring to create them as 3 dimensional scale models. You'll see this in the photos of what you think is a hanging chandelier. This translates later in the models of Sangrada Familia pictured below

    He also designed the Casa Batllo, which was a apartment building. See the before and after facades
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  • Day36

    Day 5 - Sagrada Familia

    November 2, 2017 in Spain

    This cathedral is hailed as Antonio Gaudi's best work and finest masterpiece, it is located in the Eixample district. Construction began in 1882 and became Gaudi's life work. Gaudi lived to see only one facade, the Nativity Facade, the aspe, crypt and one tower complete. The church plans call for 8 towers and an area capable of accommodating 13,000

    Following Gaudi's death in 1926, the building process dragged on slowly through the civil war until the 50s when construction began in earnest. At present there are 8 towers complete and two facades. The building process continues and it was only in 2000, that the roof and the main nave were completed.

    The two completed facades are the Nativity Facade and the Passion Facade; they are adorned with motifs taken from nature and Barroque decoration. The Nativity Facade features the life of Jesus and the Passion Facade features Jesus crucifixion. The two other facades remaining are the Glory Facade which is under construction and the South Facade.

    The interior of the church is just as impressive as the exterior, featuring nature and light. We will look at each of these aspects in the next few posts. For now here are a few pics of the Nativiy and the Passion Facades

    It is hoped construction will be complete to in 2026, to commemorate the centennial of Gaudi's death
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  • Day36

    Day 5 - Sagrada Familia (the Forest)

    November 2, 2017 in Spain

    In the nave there are many pillars which resemble a thick forest of trees and the ceiling is a remarkable vaulted structure where the "branches" meet the ceiling. Gaudi called this the meeting of heaven and earth

    Check it out

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