I have always loved the simple things. Even if they are not unique by their own they still might create amazing experiences. Barcelona’s atmosphere is unique. But what makes it this way? Why do so many people visit it? What did we think we will find there and what actually happened? Let’s see.
Brave potatoes (patatas bravas) and wine which is cheaper than beer. This is not a mirage. The wide range of wines can keep you warm in the anyway not-so-cold December night. The spicy potatoes take you even further. They heat you up. Let’s start with the sweat stuff first, though.
The open markets offer a range of chocolate delights. The Christmas markets offer surprises. Not everything that looks like a pizza, tastes like a pizza. The one on the photo below was sweater than sugar…
On the markets you can find some healthy food, too. Between the sausages and the olives there were some special teas that help with any kind of diseases.
And while we are still talking about healthy food – the fresh salads were really fresh. We hadn’t ordered the chips. It came with the beers.
We are now slowly moving towards the more traditional element of the Spanish cuisine.
Iberian appetizers, paella, seafood. Our favourite tapas were jumping on our plates. Then we happily ate them…
Finally – I promised I will stop with the gastronomy part – some tasty drinks
|Sangria in a “cold winter night” – we are sitting outside and the heaters are on just in case the sangria is not strong enough for you.|
|Local beer for the elegantly dressed gentlemen who is sitting on the sidewalk in front of Casa Mila|
|Some cappuccino for those who got tired…|
Gaudi, what would they do without you?
He is a great architect, that had build half of Barcelona. Good thing he did, too. Otherwise Barcelona would have never been the same. He got his inspiration from the nature. That’s why he had used many recycled materials. He was one of the first people ever to do that. Interior and exterior… a lot of movement, color and emotion can be seen in every part of his creations.
So, simply put, if you go to Barcelona and you don’t see anything made from Gaudi you were probably in another city. Either that or you had too much sangria and seafood and you didn’t manage to get out. It the second one is true, next time you should totally pay more attention to the guy and his creations.
|In front of Casa Batlló|
|The staircase in Casa Batlló|
|The ceiling in the living room in Casa Batlló|
|The door in the living room in Casa Batlló|
|At the backyard of Casa Batlló|
Few hundred steps on the passage of Graces takes you to another one of Gaudi’s great creations – Casa Mila.
The courtyard is unique. It has a floating staircase and a lot of greenery.
The most impressive part is the roof.
We have always been great at orientation. Sometimes just the maps aren’t as good as us. However, this helped our body muscles – we went up and down on a couple of hills…a few times. Good thing there is no ice at these latitudes. Otherwise parking on the crowded streets would have been really hard.
Our final destination was worth it – Guell Park. Guess who is the famous architect that has something to do with it.
There is no way we will skip one of the most impressive buildings in Barcelona – Sagrada Familia (a.k.a. Basílica y Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família)
The work on it started in the distant 1882. Gaudi gets on it a year later. The work stops in 1926 when Gaudi leaves this world. Later on they renewed the work on this incredible building and it is still under construction. It is supposed to be ready in 2026.
We saw it from afar. However, the long queues were what stopped us from entering. We decided we will come back once it is ready.