Spain Travel Diaries- Part 2: Casa Batlló & Barcelona

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“If we had to define Casa Batlló in some way, it would be by saying that it was an architectural smile, of an explosion of compositional pleasure by someone who was in full command of their own personal style, which enables him to disconnect from all imitation or from all contemporary or historic schools of thought.” Joan Bassegoda Nonell on Casa Batlló and Gaudi.

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In this post I am wearing The Norte Satchel- Black, Fringe Crossbody- Cobalt, Luna Weekender in Turquoise, and in the last image- Fringe Crossbody in Rust. 
We have now had the chance to go to Barcelona a few times. There is one thing off the top of my head I have noticed about Barcelona that I really appreciate. Some people love exploring cities to find the underground, secret, local’s only type of place. Some people enjoy the challenge and discovery- and the effort that goes along with it. I however do not necessarily enjoy this challenge. I like Barcelona because from what I have seen so far- practically the whole city is beautiful, “cool”, artsy, and interesting. You can hop off the train and find your way to the museum or church or building you want to check out easily. And then just by walking around you find delicious restaurants, beautiful shops of all kinds, and cool people from all over with a nice vibe. So the city to me seem does not feel intimidating. I feel that in Barcelona you don’t have to worry about finding the “true authentic Barcelona” because it isn’t hidden. Don’t get me wrong- of course there are different parts to the city and I have only been to a few places- but this is my first impression.
We went to Casa Battló which is a house that Antoni Gaudi designed and renovated in 1906. It is located in the center of Barceona in the Paseo de Gracia. Considered to be art nouveau and modernism it is an inspiring and truly one of a kind piece of architecture. It is a piece of art that only one single individual in the entire world could have created. It is that special, and thought provoking, unique and interesting. My favorite part of the facade are the tiles which evoke the surface of a lake with waterlilies, a little like Monet’s paintings. On the inside I noticed the light flow and a lot of animal and water influences. Scales, fish, bones, water, blues, smooth curving lines. It is a fun place to discuss with your museum pal; about what you think Gaudi was imagining when he designed something. . .
There are also a few pictures in this post of The Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter- where the buildings are from Medieval Times, and La Barceloneta. We also went to the Festival Cruilla in the Parc Del Forum in Barcelona to see Macklemore, Jack Johnson a few other good ones.
Love,
Annie
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