This past weekend Lauren, Margaret Anne, Claire, Meghan, and I flew to Spain to visit the lovely city of Barcelona. The famous street in Barcelona is called “La Rambla” and it stretches from the Catalonia Square all the way to the harbor. Our hotel was cool and convenient because it was on a street right off of La Rambla. When we got there on Friday, we explored for a little bit, went to the famous L’aquarium, and toured Casa Batllo.
Casa Batllo was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Casa Batllo is a building that was restored by Antoni Gaudi in 1877. Antoni Gaudi is a pure genius. Everything I’ve learned about design comes from this guy. He doesn’t use straight lines so he uses broken tile for all of his forms and creates breathtaking mosaics. All of his inspiration for his forms comes from nature. period. My favorite part is that his unique forms contribute to the actual function of the space… like the use of natural light or to increase the flow of air for ventilation. I love it and I love everything about Gaudi.
For dinner we ate at “Beefshop” for Margaret Anne’s birthday dinner. The interiors were incredible. There were six of us who are interior designers at dinner and we were constantly taking pictures of the restaurant because we were in love.
On Saturday, our first stop was St. Joseph’s Market on La Rambla which is just the coolest thing. They have bins and bins of fresh fruit and meat that looks sooo delicious. We bought one of the famous fruit juices and it was soo wonderful because it was so fresh. We spent all afternoon at the beach soakin up the sun and being cultured shock at the fact that not all women in Barcelona like to wear their tops… yikes.
Saturday night we went to SAGRADA FAMILA (also designed by Gaudi). The most interesting thing about this church is that is started construction in 1883 and is still going. It’s schedule to be finished in 2025 so I guess I’ll have to come back to Spain when Im 35! The church itself is beautiful because Gaudi combined Gothic architecture with his own curvilinear forms. The design is filled with so many biblical symbols and representations that it was hard for me to even wrap my mind around.
After Sagrada Familia, we went and sat at a cafe on La Rambla, drank Sangria and people watched. Sangria is a wine punch typical of Spain or Portugal so felt it was necessary to try it out.
Sunday morning we went to visit Park Guell (Gaudi’s Park). The park is a garden complex with architectural elements designed by Gaudi in 1900. I loved the park, but it sits on a hill which to me felt like a cliff and it made it difficult to explore haha.
For lunch, we decided to try Paella – Spain’s national dish. It was very good I liked it a lot!
In Barcelona they don’t speak Spanish – shocking. They speak Catalan, which is similar to Spanish, but it sounds like the person talking has a lisp. That’s why the whole weekend we were saying “grathias” instead of “gracias” or “barthelona” instead of “barcelona”
That’s all from Spain! We had such a great time and now we’re gearing up for our final week here in Ariccia.