Barcelona: Parc Güell

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The water. This is what I remember from Parc Güell- the view of the Mediterranean. I thought to myself, how silly that we come to Barcelona and we don’t visit the beach?

That being said, Barcelona is a wonderland filled with works by Gaudi- each one so amazing in their own right. I’ve been back to Barcelona just once since this visit in summer ’99 and while I did not get to revisit any Gaudi works, I did learn about and dine at Tapas 24 which still to this day is one of the best places I’ve eaten at my entire life.

I digress. Parc Güell. This region is brutally hot in the summer, so this structure creates a number of different hide out spots to cool down in.

As with all works of Gaudi, it is fantastical and animalistic- so many small details every place you turn. Some of it quite literal, but other details that are abstracted yet still beastial. Calatrava seems like a modern day, less ornamental version of Gaudi.

After looking at these photos again, the structure itself seems like a complete madhouse of tourists. But on approach and through the rest of the park, you’ll find locals using the park for all sorts of recreation… football of course! Go Barça!

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Website: Park Güell website

Address:Carrer d’Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona, Spain

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