Following a memorable traditional family Christmas spent on the Italian Riviera between Monterosso and Levanto, it was time for a new adventure. I had last been to Spain many university years ago and was eager to become reacquainted with Barcelona. Almost immediately we were greeted by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, considered by some a genius and by others a lunatic. Perhaps a mix of the two? For those 6 days we experienced Love in the City of Gaudí.
Our first stop was Casa Batlló (right), a modernist house appropriately called the ‘house of bones’.
Next stop was majestic cathedral Sagrada Família, the Nativity facade by Gaudí began in 1882.
The Passion facade with controversial statues by Josep Subirachs sculpted from 1986-2006.
Our self-guided tour, along with many others, continued to Park Güell, a garden city project.
We were first greeted by the iconic dragon.
It was here where Gaudí lived his last years, within this failed urban development turned park.
Our last stop was the statuesque Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera.