If you follow me on my Instagram, you would have known that I went to Barcelona in November (if you haven’t followed me, do it now!!). It was such as great escape from the lovely British weather, because the weather in Barcelona was unexpectedly amazing! Not a single drip of rain over the 4 days that we were there, and it was nice and sunny throughout the trip.
And why is this post titled ‘Barcelona over Books’, you might be wondering…well we decided to travel over reading week, which was supposed for ‘reading’, but instead we wanted to take the opportunity to go to Barcelona…we really should have done this in first year instead of third year when work wasn’t as hectic…
OH WELL ANYHOW
It was a great trip! We visited A TON of museums and BEAUTIFUL sights. Although most of them are the typical touristy places like Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló, seeing them with my very own eyes was such an unforgettable and surreal experience. And I really loved the vibe of Barcelona, even just a random shot on the streets can be a stunning picture for your phone/computer background. I was so excited to be surrounded by these gorgeous art nouveau/modernisme architecture for these 4 days.
The forever unfinished cathedral is perhaps synonymous to Barcelona. Photos could not capture how grand and magnificent the architecture was. The crazy amount of detail in the design and construction, the scale and the colours are just so amazing. I was in awe the moment I entered the cathedral. It was one of those moments when you’re so overwhelmed by these fineness and preciseness of human ingenuity that you became speechless and (quite literally) all you could say was ‘wow’. It will really blow you away.
Another amazing architecture by Gaudí. Again the amount of detail in the house was crazy. The audio guide was SO useful because I learned all about the ideas behind the designs in great amount of detail. One of the things I remembered from the guide was that there’s a section in the house where it’s sort of like a well…? And the tiles used there were in lighter shades of blue as one walks up to mimic an effect that you’re in the ocean…which I think was absolute genius! There were so many crazy amount of detail in all parts of the house too, so listening to the audio guide while you’re there will definitely reveal all the secrets behind the designs. 🙂
Palau de la Música Catalana
I think this is my favourite location in Barcelona! I went on a guided tour, and the guide explained to us about the details and bits and bobs about the design concepts behind the architecture, and how the modernisme era characteristics were reflected in the structure. We even heard the organ being played which was totally mind-blowing. Just look at the stained glass ceiling. Oh. My. Gosh.
Again, another obligatory tourist attraction in Barcelona. It was such a long and steep hike from the metro station to the park. But after seeing such a stunning view of the city, it was definitely worth it. Again another Gaudì masterpiece.
Some other bits and bobs
I had such an amazing time in Barcelona. The only thing I did not like so much was the price for the tickets to the sights. I guess I’m spoiled by the free museums in Britain, but looking back at the photos I’ve taken and thinking of the amazing architecture…it was worth every penny. It very much reminded me of when I went on holidays with my parents to Europe as a little girl and they would explain to me the history of the places we’ve been to. It felt like a long history lesson back then, but now that I think about it, it was actually very insightful and interesting.
(Back to horrendous revision now…until next time, TAKE CARE)
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