Barcelona is a gorgeous city that everyone should discover at least one time of his life, this city is very great and full of entertainments like museums, architectures, nightlife and much more. I just came back few days ago and still souvenirs filled up my memories when I talked about it to my friends.
During 2 full weeks I explored the city in all directions, well I think so because I walked so much that my only comfort was a good sleep. The most stunning thing is the architecture, particularly the ones created by Gaudi as Batllo and Mila houses and Sagrada Familia.
Both houses are located in the passeig de gracia street, near the catalunya square, easily reachable by foot. To start the day, a good breakfast, one of the places I liked is Farggi located inside the shop FNAC, they have a breakfast menu very cheap. If you want to try one of the catalan specialties, order an ensaimada, it is a round shaped cake sprinkled with superfine sugar.
First stop was the Batllo house, a splendid architecture designed as a sea inside an urban world. The roof looks like the scale of a fish and the front like the shell, during a sunny day, it shines like the glint of the sun on the water. Fortunately, doing the line to enter was very quick and inside, it was very beautiful, meanwhile discovering it, I was wondering how could be the life in this house before. From the roof, there is a splendid view on one of the main streets of Barcelona.
La Pedrera, known as Mila house, has also a splendid view from the roof. More than the other house, the roof has been designed as a desert area with its chimneys looking like warrior. This building has a different design but still inspiring by the sea environment. The front looks like waves and the balconies with seaweed motifs. This time, the line was a little longer but really worth it.
Spanish people get used to lunch around 14h but for me, it is a little too late. The good point is that lunching before, like between 12h and 13h, there are few people so a really good thing to find free tables. I went to cerveseria catalane located at the street mallorca 236, a really good tapas bar, it is just about 7 minutes walking from Mila.
Once lunching, I was thinking about taking the metro or walking until Sagrada Familia because there is at least about 30 minutes walking. At the end, I decided to walk because the day was good and it is a good way to discover the architectures of the city.
The Expiatory Church of the Holy Family (Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) has been declared as basilica by the Pope Benedict XVI during his visit. The basilica is very impressive with 2 different fronts and of course, each front has its own details and designs. With the light entering through the windows, the main room is very nice and the columns are designed as organic, something very beautiful. Before leaving the place, I went up to the tower to get a great view of the area, for that, instead to pay a fee to use the lift, I preferred to use my own feet.
And to end the day, I visited the park guell. It is really an amazing park and not only a nice walk but also a good place to rest. From the main square which looks like a snake, there is a great view on the city but the best was to go until the top where there is a better view. I didn’t know that the original concept was to create a complete district with houses but at the end, it is a beautiful park and his house, which is now a museum.
This was my Gaudi day, a really great day, something to visit if you are fan of architectures because Gaudi was unique in his design. Another thing, I would like to share, is this website http://www.world-rt.com/ because it was very useful for me to plan my trip, there are a lot of local information written by a local guy that I recommend to everyone.