I loved this fireplace as it made me think of pixies and fairies for some reason.
My beloved listening intently to his audio guide.
Looking up through the middle of the building – what you can’t see clearly is that the blue tiles change colour all the way up.
Even the roof of the Casa has incredible designs in the chimneys and shapes.
Gaudi was very famous for his mosaics and there are loads of them on the roof.
You may note from this picture of the two of us that I look quite pale next to my beloved. The reason being that I had a rotten chest infection the whole time we were in Barcelona but despite Ken trying to get me to rest we still went out and explored as much as possible – I was just a bit slower than normal.
This is looking out one of the groovy windows onto the street below.
The carved wood throughout the Casa is really beautiful and this door was huge.
Looking up at the building from the street below. As you can see there are mosaics all over the front facade – it must of taken them ages.
Another famous Gaudi building is Casa Mila, built 1906 – 1912. We didn’t go in this one but went past it on the bus a few times.
The building that both of us most wanted to visit was the Sagrada Familia which translates to the Sacred Family. This is a church, temple, cathedral – whatever it’s title it’s an incredible building. The first stone was laid in 1882, and Gaudi became the chief architect in 1883 until his death in 1926. Gaudi was laid to rest in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia, his greatest unfinished work.
In 2010 the temple was consecrated by Pope Benedict as a place of worship, despite the building work still going on. Latest estimates for the completion of the building is 2026.
As you can see from the parts below, they are staying true to Gaudi with the inclusion of mosaics in the building. It’s fascinating walking around the huge space with piles of building materials around you.
The stained glass windows are stunningly beautiful, as are the patterns the sun makes on the white stonework as it shines through the coloured glass.
We did a tour of the stadium and it was actually very interesting. Ken’s not actually a fan of the football club but he can appreciate what a successful team they have been over many years.
The amount of trophies that the club has won is phenomenal.
The view from the media box – where all the reporters have to sit.
Selfie in the media box, and yes I’m leaning on Ken because I’m ready for a rest.
There are a few hills around the city that give amazing views – you can see the Sagrada Familia in the distance.
I can’t believe it’s twelve years since we visited beautiful Barcelona and writing this post has made me want to revisit for longer than three days. If we go again I’ll make sure I steer clear of the red light district this time for our hotel.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and enjoy your weekend.
Pamela & Ken
4 thoughts on “Flashback Friday – Barcelona 2005”
Hi Pam – looks to be amazing and you did so much in such a short time – love the photos… thanks for including them – it's a place I need to spend time in – cheers Hilary
Hi Hilary, glad you enjoyed the photos and yes you must spend time there as it's fabulous.
Thanks for sharing the Gaudi pics. I was in Barcelona in 1969. Don't remember seeing his buildings then. What I do remember seeing was the air. The smog was terrible. My friend and I both ended up sick with respiratory issues. Would like to go back one day.
We didn't really notice the smog so I think it must have improved since the 60's. You must go back, it's lovely.