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Barcelona: Gaudi Architecture and a Fantastic Waterfront

By Aswesawit @aswesawit

Dear Luke and Leia,

Next up for us is Barcelona, Spain, famous for its Gaudi architecture and a fantastic waterfront area on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona is the capital city of the Catalonia region with a good deep water port and a wonderful history. We began with a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour to get a better idea of the layout of the city and what she has to offer.

Casa Mila by Gaudi

Casa Mila by Gaudi

Gaudi Buildings

No, that’s not a misspelling of gaudy: Antoni Gaudí was a famous architect in Barcelona. The first thing we noticed on our ride was these very odd buildings, bright and colorful yet strangely shaped with wavy lines and deep curves. Reminded us of the “tequila building” (F&F Tower) in the banking district of Panama City, Panama. Did Gaudi have one too many glasses of tinto de verano while designing?

Gaudi’s theory was that “Color in certain places has great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.” He also said, ”Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.” So I guess it wasn’t Spain’s great wine that led to the curving and winding facades, it was actually planned. It would seem that he succeeded in bringing energy and nature of the creator to the aspects of his buildings, which is why Gaudi’s buildings have earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Casa Batlló by Gaudi

Casa Batlló

Details of Case Mila in Barcelona by Gaudi

Details of Case Mila in Barcelona

Sagrada de Familia

The official name of this Gaudi masterpiece is The Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. That is a mouthful, but the building itself is more than an eyeful. From the time we first started planning this 6-week adventure to see the highlights of Europe, the Sagrada Familia stood out as a place I wanted to see. The building is based upon the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals with eighteen towers; the twelve towers above the apse represent the twelve apostles from scripture.

Tip: Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time to avoid the long ticket line.

Sagrada de Familia
Sagrada de Familia
Sagrada de Familia

Two different eras of construction of La Sagrada Familia

Two different eras of construction of La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada de Familia

Sagrada Familia interior

Altar inside the Sagrada de Familia


Inside the Sagrada de Familia

Elsewhere around Barcelona

Walking and riding around Barcelona we immediately noticed a liveliness to this enchanting city that seemed more present here than elsewhere. We loved the Mediterranean climate with beautiful plants and trees. The streets were bustling with activity and even the buildings outside of those designed by Gaudi added to the energy.

Placa de Catalunya, Barcelona

Plaça de Catalunya

Casa de Punxes, Barcelona

Casa de Punxes, Barcelona

La Rotonda, Barcelona

La Rotonda

Joan Miro Museum Barcelona Spain

Joan Miro Museum

Beauty of the Mediterranean flora and fauna

Beautiful Mediterranean flora and fauna

Plaza Spain, Barcelona

Plaza Spain

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla del Mar, Barcelona’s waterfront

We would have to say the district with the most energy was the waterfront area. The city’s main party street, Las Ramblas, empties into the waterfront district and yet it must have spilled the party atmosphere right across the beautiful footbridge into La Rambla del Mar (Rambla of the Sea). This area of Barcelona is best visited at night as the lighting brings the energy of Barcelona to a peak and is a great place for guests to enjoy beautiful scenery and delicious foods.

Marina in Barcelona

Street food in front of the marina in Barcelona

Walkway on La Rambla del Mar, Barcelona

La Rambla del Mar

Barcelona marina light at night

Barcelona marina light at night

Night at La Rambla de la Mar, Barcelona

Night at La Rambla del Mar, Barcelona

Well kiddos, it is time we find a restaurant and enjoy the evening with some fine Catalonian foods and the beautiful sights Barcelona has to offer. Guess where we’ll be eating?


Nana and Pap


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La Rambla del Mar, Barcelona

Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia by Gaudi in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia by Gaudi in Barcelona

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