As I knew the work of Anthoni Gaudi from books and television I wanted to see it in real life one day so when we went for a long weekend to Barcelona I thought, yesssss ! Now I can go see the works of Gaudi but the waiting queues for all the interesting places in Barcelona were looooong ! Apparently the weekend of May 1st is one of the busiest in the year as Spanish people have that day off and many had a long weekend as May 1st was on a Thursday. There are works of Gaudi all over Barcelona ofcourse and we did see those but I wanted to go to Park Guell and we did, I thought it was a park with works of him and it was but it was HUGE !! and again there were long queues to get in. There was one part of the park that was for free and we visited that one as there were no queues to get in but if you had to go to the toilet…there were al least 100 ladies waiting to use the toilets !!!!
Enough said, I’ll show you the pictures now.
You all know or heard from the famous Sagrada Familia Basilica, someone other than Gaudi started building the Basilica in 1882 but Gaudi took over a year later and they have been working on it ever since…we are now 2014 and they expect it to be finished in 2020. I wonder ! One of the reasons why this is taking so long is that it must be contructed with donations only as officially this is the Basilica of the poor.
THE SAGRADA FAMILIA CAN BE SEEN FROM A LONG DISTANCE, THIS IS A VIEW OF BARCELONA, THE BASILICA IS ON THE RIGHT IN THE TOP CORNER
The following pictures are from the Park Guell.
THIS IS PART OF THE HOUSE GAUDI LIVED IN FOR OVER 20 YEARS, IT IS IN THE FIRST PART OF THE PARK GUELL AND WE COULD GO INSIDE TO VISIT.
THIS WAS TAKEN INSIDE HIS HOUSE
THE MAN HIMSELF
A SELF DESIGNED CHAIR
THIS IS A PEEPHOLE FOR A FRONT DOOR, HE MADE IT BY PUTTING HIS FINGERS IN WAX
AND THIS IS THE MATCHING DOORHANDLE
PART OF HIS BATHROOM
PART OF HIS GARDEN
THERE WERE SALESMEN ALL OVER THE PARK
THIS WAS SOMEWHERE ELSE IN BARCELONA
CASA MILA, ALSO CALLED LA PEDRERA BY THE PEOPLE OF BARCELONA AS THIS BUILDING REMINDED THEM OF A STONE QUARRY, IS ANOTHER ONE OF GAUDI’S WORK, THERE WAS A CONSTRUCTION THAT COVERED THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING AS THEY WERE WORKING ON IT.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see how well kept all the old buildings were and how clean everything was in Barcelona especially with so many tourists !
Have a great week all !
Barcelona is full of art, and when I say full I mean really full ! It is everywhere you see, old art and new art.
I think you need a life time of holidays to see all the art in Barcelona. But pictures say more than words, right , so here we go.
LIFE STREET ART, PEOPLE LOOKING LIKE STATUES CAN BE SEEN ALL OVER BARCELONA
THESE TWO WORKS I FOUND IN A FORGOTTEN CORNER ON THE STREET
THIS PAINTING OF A TREE WAS IN A VERY SMALL SHOP, I WAS AMAZED WHEN I SAW IT AND IT WAS REALLY HUGE, SOMETHING FOR A HOUSE WITH BIG BARE WALLS
THIS IS THE WORK OF THE FAMOUS GAUDI, I HAVE DECIDED TO DO A WHOLE BLOGPOST ON GAUDI AS IT IS TOO MUCH TO INCLUDE THE WORK OF GAUDI IN THIS BLOGPOST ON ART
WHAT A PITY SOMEONE SPOILED IT WITH GRAFITTI !
When we were unable to visit the Picasso museum we found the museum of contempory art nearby and what a pleasant surprise it was !!!!
The following pictures were all taken there.
THESE STATUES WERE MADE OF COPPER BUT THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE MADE OF WOOD
HERE YOU CAN SEE THE LIVE MODEL, THE CLAY MODEL AND THE END PRODUCT IN COPPER AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST THE ARTIST HIMSELF RICHARD MACDONALD.
The following works are from many different artists but also in the museum of contempory art.
ALL THE PHOTO’S YOU MAY THINK ARE PHOTO’S ARE IN FACT PAINTINGS !!!!!
A CLOSE-UP OF THE BLACK AND WHITE PAINTING ABOVE
PAINTING OF A SELFIE PICTURE
This was just a small selection of the art we saw in just 3 days ! My next blogpost will be about Gaudi.
Have a great week all and thanks for stopping by ! And to all mums, HAPPY MOTHERSDAY !