Saturday, July 12, 2008

When we last saw our roving reporter

She had finished traipsing through a cathedral. I totally need to finish up this Spain Post. After visiting the cathedral we headed off to visit more Gaudi artwork. The next stop was the Parque Guell, a huge municipal park designed by Gaudi. It is situated up a hill overlooking downtown. One walks in through two wacky gatehouse buildings.
The are designed to look like gingerbread houses, and I have to say, they are quite successful at it. Once inside, you can wander up several paths that wind and meander up the hill through forests and more structures and ramps, all somewhat fancifully designed.

After wandering up and down these paths for a while came to a huge open plaza.

I don't know if you can see it in the picture, but the edges of the plaza are entirely made of mosaic covered benches, they're pretty cool. We found a path leading down from the plaza back towards the entrance and found this:

This is the underside of that big plaza. The entire thing is held up by these mammoth columns with this huge mosaic ceiling it was awesome. We also found my absolute favorite Gaudi piece of all time:

The leaning corridor. I just love it, the way the light plays through it etc.
From the park we wandered back down to the main part of the city to look at a few of the Gaudi houses. They are pretty impressive, but we decided not to go in.

The following day was the start of the conference. The conference was at this huge center at the base of Montjuic, the "mountain" over looking the city. But I will post about those later today or tomorrow (really, I promise...)

1 comment:

wheelerwest08 said...

I loved your pictures and commentary! Thanks for sharing them, and how about sending us more?