Guest post by Ella Andrews
Some cities are blessed with such a unique atmosphere and cultural progress that they turn into the advertising label of a whole country, representing its best features, and Barcelona carries exactly this meaning for Spain. A European city which combines history, ancient nobleness, majestic architecture and a boisterous art scene, Barcelona will forever cast a spell on your heart, not just one spell, actually. Barcelona is the pulsing heart of Spain, beating with its own rhythm, capturing the spirit of time as if capturing lightening in a bottle.
Spanish people are not too religious; the only religion they obey is called ‘football’ and their success on the green grass is the most common reason for national pride. Spanish people love all kinds of celebrations – truth to be told, they have more celebrations and feasts than the number of the weeks in a year, praising flowers, wine, seasons, fertility, love, family, etc.; and the streets of Barcelona are constantly turning into podiums of these colourful manifestations. Not to mention their obligatory siesta which can be reckoned also as celebration of life, long enough to include your lunch, going to the beach and a meeting with friends.
Having the luck to arrive in sunny Barcelona, one starts discovering its riches with the famous pedestrian street called La Rambla, meaning “The Walk”. Stumbling upon the most dynamic clustering of tourists will make you feel excited by the pace, by the movement and the colours that are surrounding you, and by the splendid street artists, making you feel dizzy. If you suddenly decide you need refreshment, enter La Boqueria market for a cup of exotic fruits or freshly squeezed juice.
The ‘handwriting’ of one genius has created an entire network of art encircling the city from one end to the other, and this man is called Antoni Gaudi. We can even add that Barcelona is his personal museum, his personal art gallery. Being accidentally hit by a tram at the end of his life almost lead to his anonymous funeral, but, fortunately, a woman recognized him as one of the greatest artists of his time. After seeing even one of his works, you will agree with the statement that he is one of the greatest artists of all times. His style is the closest to nature – imitating its forms, its majestic shapes and contours; a right angle or right line is impossible in Gaudi’s masterpieces, all the lines are smooth, curved, detailed, following the paths of his own imagination and that of nature.
Park Güell is the excellent warm up for the fairy-tale world of architecture that Gaudi created during his lifetime. Park Güell represents one of the main ideas implemented in his works – the idea that everything is immortal; it is all about the movement and transformation of energies. Gaudi’s mosaics are made by broken vases, pots, tiles which have finished their service already but which deserved a second chance to serve again.
Continue your stroll with Casa Batllo – a feast of imagination of a great visionary. The roof resembles fish flakes, colourful and shining under the sun. The balcony railings are created in the shape of human skulls whilst the outer beams are like human bones. Then, admire the cold beauty of the stone-made Casa Mila – praising the waves, the sea, the seaweeds.
And finally indulge yourself with the most artistic dessert that Barcelona offers – the one and only Sagrada Famailia. An outstanding Cathedral towering above the traffic-jammed streets that will make you freeze the moment your eyes meet it. You will need at least couple of hours to contemplate and admire the precise details depicted on the facade which portrays moments of Christ’s life.
Ella Andrews- traveller and adventurer, who likes to visit different exotic and captivating destinations and share impressions with readers from all over the world – http://www.vacationhomes.net/.