Ok, lets hit the tourist trail. Hubby bought a lonely planet pocket-book on Barcelona, and if we head off to another new destination I’ll be looking out for another lonely planet book for there too. I have to admit that I dismissed it at first, not enough pictures for me, but Hubby is a words person and thought it was great, during the time we were away I came to agree with him, we wouldn’t have found half of the hidden gems we did without it.
For our first proper “Gaudi” experience we headed to Casa Batllo, an apartment block renovated and refurbished for the affluent clientele of the time. Such a strange sight awaited us, I’d seen pictures of the building, and glanced at the postcards on passing, but was amazed how much in awe I was on arrival. Hubby just kept saying “who on earth would want to live in a place like that” ..
The outside of the building was a treat for the camera in itself, I mean, I’m a huge fan of straight lines and order, but this blew any preconceptions I had out of the water.
I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed the nonconformity of it all, the quirky curvyness, the strange and peculiar.
Unfortunately I wasn’t the only one who wanted to admire the building and capture it on camera, but Hubby was really patient as I found the view(s) I wanted, and stood waiting for a gap in the crowd.
I’m not sure what time of day would be best to avoid the crowd, the building is supposed to be prettily lit at night but I didn’t make it back for a light show. We did however, add to the crowd and join the queue to go in, a bit pricy, but I absolutely guarantee you, if you like the outside, the inside is not to be missed.
More from before : Basking in “Barcelona“, June 2014.