I only spent three days in Barcelona but it didn’t even take me that long to learn that Antoni Gaudi is a genius. Gaudi was a Spanish architect who lived from 1852 to 1926. He had a really vivid imagination and it shows in his designs. It is clear he was well ahead of his time. It may sound like I am exaggerating as I describe some of the places, but honestly, I was thoroughly impressed. I am not the only one who thinks this, many of his projects have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. La Sagrada Familia is a basilica designed by Gaudi, still currently under construction. After more than 130 years, it is scheduled for completion in 2026. I have been to many amazing churches across the world but in my mind, La Sagrada Familia tops them all.looks impressive from the outside even though it is still not finished. You have to get close to really see the two amazing pieces of artwork make up the front and back facades. One side tells the story of Christ’s birth (Nativity) and the other tells the story of his death (Passion). Both are totally different styles of art to help emphasize the differences in the two stories. The details in both pieces were very impressive, so and in a way, the artwork reminded me of Auguste Rodin’s Gates of Hell. There will be a third facade called Spirit when La Sagrada Familia is completed.While the outside is impressive, I think the inside is even more spectacular. The stained glass is absolutely amazing. I have never seen stained glass light up a place like it does inside La Sagrada Familia. Pictures really do not it justice. Plus you don’t get a sense of the sheer size of the basilica.
Fallen in love with Gaudì
We visited Casa Batllo, another of Gaudi’s great works in the heart of Barcelona!Gaudi had created a stone funhouse. It was chock-full of strange alcoves and rounded edges. It was fun and fantastical full of magic!
The house itself was built in the late 1800s. The Batllo family purchased it at the turn of the century, and hired Gaudi with the intention of tearing down the entire structure and rebuilding it. Gaudi convinced them that all he had to do was renovate the original building.And renovate he did.There are said to be no straight lines anywhere on Casa Batllo. The front facade is decorated in a mosaic of tiles that gradually changes color , like the scales of a fish, towards the top. The roof is designed to resemble a dragon perched on the building, and a large spire at one end represents the handle of St. George’s sword.Yes, that’s right: Gaudi designed a slayed dragon on top of the Batllo home
The inside is no less fabulous!!You can definitely see similarities between it and La Pedrera, but I found Casa Batllo to be more colorful, richly textured, and overall more interesting to look at.
Even the doors are works of art.The tiles, the mosaics, the colors: it was all splendid, it really was. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Casa Batllo is that people still live and work there, even now. Someone, despite all the wonder and magic that’s going on around them, they manage to go on with their lives!
A lot of intense emotions
Nuestra buenos aires querida *
Almagro district is an important area of Buenos Aires and around Abasto shopping you will discover a lot of tango experiences.
There is a street called Carlos Gardel, declared as a site of cultural interest by the government of Buenos Aires. Here you will find the Carlos Gardel Monument and also a museum dedicated to one of the most famous singers of Tango.
In Bustamante 764 there is a cultural club where a Tango Orchestra plays every week.
Finally we recommend a bar where you can find live music and have dinner close to Abasto. It is called El Boliche de Roberto (Bulnes 331) and is a popular place for the locals to enjoy culture.
Rio has been absolutely epic. We did leave our heart out there
We'd like to come back one day and to have the possibility to visit some other brasilian area!
Nico's father was born in Sao Paulo.
Maybe our next trip?
Have you ever been in brasil?Where?