Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day 2 - Barcelona: City of Gaudi, City of Color

Oct. 7 - 

We met my friend Aida for breakfast. Aida and I met five years ago when we were both living in Zaragoza. She is a lovely Russian woman who I befriended in my Spanish class. She and her husband relocated a few years ago to Barcelona, where Aida has been studying directing and making films.

We breakfasted at an outdoor "terraza" cafe, which are ubiquitous in Spain, and I can't get enough of them when the weather is nice.  It was great to catch up with an old friend.

Later in the morning, we visited the "Temple de la Sagrada Familia" (Temple of the Sacred Family). It is the world's only 20th century cathedral still under construction. It was designed by the architect Gaudi, whose work had a profound influence on the flavor of Barcelona. I call him the Dr. Seuss architect, because his designs have a certain whimsy and lots of color.

Looking up at the ceiling of the cathedral, the sunbursts remind me of daisies:

This sentence "I que es la veritat?" (Catalan for "And what is the truth?") comes leaping off the three dimensionally inscribed door of the cathedral:

The three wise men (one of many scenes sculpted on the outside of the cathedral):

In the afternoon, we visited Parc Guell, also designed by Gaudi:

The park is known for its bright and colorful mosaic work:

From this upper part of the park, you can see the city of Barcelona all the way out to the Mediterranean:
Parc Guell is a total treasure. I got to go there with my mom and stepdad, John, back in 2003, and it was a joy to be there again with Hubs five years later!


canknitian said...

What a beautiful day! I love the mosaics and I am STUNNED by the Gaudi-designed cathedral.

Autumn's Mom said...

Truly beautiful.

C said...

Oh wow! How lovely! Glad you had an excellent time! The photos are beautiful!

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J at said...

City of Color is right! What a stunning Cathedral! I love the architecture in so many beautiful cathedrals. :)

Saucy said...

I recognize these works from my art history class of last term! And you saw it all in person. Boo. I want to go.

James said...

What a beautiful city! Color me jealous!

On a completely unreleated note shoot me an email. A freind I worked with on a film project this summer is based in Spain and has been doing some work in the film industry there. I thought, if Aida was interested, I could pass along my freind's contact information.