eight days a week, i love you [The Beatles]
…and going a little bit analog won’t hurt…
My week was slightly longer in Barcelona this so-called spring break. I spent eight days in Barcelona, rewarding myself a worthy trip to celebrate my 30th birthday in Europe, haha. Well, visiting Barcelona is one of the things I have in my bucket list. So, why not? 😉
Day 01 | Fri, 30-01-2015 Delft – Schiphol – El Prat – Plaça España – dinner with Tanti at Tapa-Tapa – Sants
it’s february. it has to be snowing.
snow comes too late.
tapas for dinner
Day 02 | Sat, 31-01-2015 Sants – La Pedrera (Casa Milá) – Banquere de la Carmel – Palau Güell – Casa Batllo – Sants
1st stop. La Pedrera. Antoni Gaudi.
with extra surrealism of Barcelona’s sky that morning.
reversed chains. the most effective way to attest his theories on structure.
structure model: La Sagrada Familia
02. up next: Banquere de la Carmel
can you see? can you see? Torre Agbar & La Sagrada Familia afar!
trust me, the sky is not photoshopped.
03. Palau Guell.
tanti, what the heck are you doing?!
beauty is in the street.
it just feels…
…like i’m in…
…a fairy tale.
we are golden.
the lolly-pop chimneys.
wait?! am i in Cirebon?!!
hungry & overwhelmed. Gaudi hits hard.
the beauty of the wrought iron.
Gaudi, why don’t you leave these poor iron alone?
04. Casa Batllo. house of the dragon under the sea.
whirl on the ceiling.
fish skins are everywhere!
house of thousands masks
not a construction error.
from up above and down below.
inside the dragon’s belly.
too much Gaudi for one day.
Day 03 | Sun, 01-02-2015 Sants – Parc Güell – Gaudi’s House – Barceloneta – coffee shop at Barceloneta – Sants
05. Parc Guell. The saga of a failed real estate project.
the only lady among the trees.
Hansel & Gretel’s gingerbread house.
Ciudad de Barcelona
THE lizard everyone’s craving to touch.
a beach on a hill.
Gaudi’s masterpieces all around Barcelona.
shadow is our friend.
(not) color palette.
Day 04 | Mon, 02-02-2015 Sants – Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia – Museu de la Xocolata – Parc de la Ciutadella – El Born – Palau de la Musica – Plaça Cataluña – La Rambla – La Boqueria – Colombus Monument – Mare Magnum – IAAC – Sants
07. Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia
The Great Monstrance of the Cathedral of Barcelona
08. Museu de la Xocolata.
La Xocolata: pont entre cultures.
09. Parc de la Ciutadella
just so you know it’s not photoshop.
Barcelona’s Ard de Triomf.
09. Palau de la Musica Catalana. NOT Gaudi.
lesson learnt: always bring your student card for valuable discount. 😦
roses everywhere. 🙂
i wouldn’t mind having a concert in this beautiful hall 🙂
to preserve the old facade without too much maintenance. kind of.
and the 3 meters extra space underneath is useful for the lobby.
an afternoon small walk wouldn’t hurt, would it?
…and this little rascal…
10. LA RAMBLA.
…what i love…
Rambla de Mar.
Mare Magnum. THE mall.
sunset at Rambla de Mar.
happy birthday to me!
Day 05 | Tue, 03-02-2015 Sants – La Sagrada Familia – Sants
being an architect, to visit La Sagrada Familia is a dream come true. I took hundreds of picture and still can’t express its very beauty. and Tanti was right, no matter what your religion is, visiting La Sagrada Familia is a transcendence experience indeed. Gaudi found God in his work, and worshiped God by dedicating himself completely to his meticulous work. and it’s shown in every little thing he touched. :’) such a nice way to close the Gaudi tour-series.
11. LA. SAGRADA. FAMILIA.
Facade of Passion.
this hall is really a reminder of how small we are.
this. is. insane!!!
it’s all about proportion.
Facade of Nativity.
“My client is not in a hurry.” – Antoni Gaudi.
up to the tower we go.
the construction is still going on. this is insane.
the nautilus staircases.
Cloister of Our Lady
in the museum.
the model room.
model of work; in assembly process.
Gaudi’s school for his worker’s children.
when the building simply has what it needs.
I think the brilliance of the design is that it makes you comfortable to stay a very long time inside the main hall because it is so magnificent.
Day 06 | Wed, 04-02-2015 Sants – Plaça España – Pavilion Mies van de Rohe – Montjuïc – Torre Calatrava – MnaC – Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes – Picasso Museum – Jaume I – Sants
12. Pavilion Mies van de Rohe. the most amazing “that’s it?!” architecture.
please. don’t you ever say “that’s it?!” to this beautiful thing. don’t.
there. i want to reach the needle!
the devil in the crossroad.
13. Torre Calatrava.
“raaawwrr… Tree Monster will eat you, Torre!!!”
14. MNAC. just passing through.
15. Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
16. Picasso Museum.
Day 07 | Thu, 05-02-2015 (supposedly to Montserrat; canceled due to the exhaustion and cloudy weather) Sants – Diagonal – Passeig de Gracia – Rambla de Cataluña – Plaça Cataluña – MACBA & CCCB – El Raval – Plaça Drassanes – La Rambla – Plaça Reial – a hipster bar & café I can’t recall the name near Pl. Reial – El Born – Jaume I – Sants
Passeig de Garcia.
hello again, La Pedrera.
and Toyo Ito.
this city it full of surprises.
one hell of crowd.
the Gaudi lamp at Placa Reial.
always the best option for free wifi. just stand in front of it. 😀
this oh-so-hipster cafe/bar.
and they are working on their assignment here. haha.
the cathedral by night.
it’s good for night-shots exercise.
Day 08 | Fri, 06-02-2015 Sants – Jaume I – El Born – Cathedral – window shopping near Cathedral – La Rambla – coffee and churros at Chöc – Liceu – Plaça España – El Prat – Schiphol – Delft
1. Audio guide in every Gaudi’s masterpiece
2. Stemaki Map
3. Transportation card: T10 or Hola BCN 5
4. Extra comfy shoes
5. Travel light, explore even lighter