More Gaudí

After first catching a glimpse of Gaudí, I was really set on seeing more.  Lucky me, it seems like good old Antoni got a lot of business in Barcelona – you can find his work all over town! A few blocks down and across the street from La Pedrera was Casa Batlló, a building that brings to life the story of Sant Jordi and the dragon.  The former slayed the latter some seventeen hundred years ago…so keep that in mind the next time you’re standing at 43 Passeig de Gràcia! His most recognizable work is la Basílica i Temple Expiatori … Continue reading More Gaudí

5-a-day

One of the best parts of exploring Barcelona was getting to sample lots of wonderful fruits and vegetables.  My friend was an excellent resource and a vegetarian too, so he knew exactly where to go for lunch – Juicy Jones! They had lots of great vegetarian things on the menu, and I opted for a sandwich with baked tofu, avocado and a ginger sauce, among other things. And from their extensive juice menu (pages and pages!), I chose kiwi orange, which I know for a fact was fresh because it took nearly a half hour for me to get it, … Continue reading 5-a-day

La Pedrera

I had been anticipating a visit to la Casa Milà, or la Pedrera, on Passeig de Gràcia before even arriving in Barcelona, mainly because I’d finally get to see a Gaudí building in person! And I was not at all disappointed!  How could I be?  The undulations, the kelpy balconies, the lack of straight lines!  I can only imagine how odd this building would have looked to the people of Barcelona at its completion in 1912.  In fact, the Milà family, who commissioned Gaudí to build this for him (giving him full discretion, mind you), absolutely hated it when it … Continue reading La Pedrera

Juerga flamenca

My first night in Barcelona, we headed out for a flamenco show at JazzSí Club Taller de Músics, on a small street in El Raval.  The club was packed and I sat on the balcony with my legs hanging over, almost touching the heads of the people walking underneath!  But I had a great view and a wonderful time.  Here are two short videos I took during the performance…enjoy!  Now, go buy some polka dots and Paco de Lucía’s “Entre Dos Aguas!”  Vamos! Continue reading Juerga flamenca

Mon retour

I thought it wise to drop in and say hi if even only briefly, because I don’t think I ever got around to mentioning the fact that I’d be in Barcelona for six days!  I barely had time to pack, let alone make a little post saying hasta luego, guapos!  And I really would have liked to have said something after having received such lovely comments…it was such a surprise!  Though, truth be told, I did have to google “Freshly Pressed.”  Oups! So, hello!  Thanks for the kind words!  But back to the matter at hand: getting up my last … Continue reading Mon retour