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1440 {49} :: Barcelona, part 2

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Barcelona rises up out of a valley overlooking the Mediterranean.

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It is bordered by rivers to the east and west, and the Pyranees Mountains to the north.

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Like Boston, or San Francisco, Barcelona seems to have it’s own oceanside personality,

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layered in history

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and rich in architecture.

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We started our second day  in Tripidabo, the highest point in Barcelona, which overlooks both the city and the sea.
It was the perfect spot for some fun pictures.

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Our local guide (I highly recommend to anyone traveling to a foreign city to hire a local guide – their knowledge of their homes is immense and it provides great perspective for someone new to town) took us to Parc Guell, which was designed by the 19th century Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi.

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Gaudi loved nature, and his work has an earthy, organic quality. 

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No wonder that I am a new fan.

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I took so many pictures of his work, both at the Parc Guell and at the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, or Sagrada Família) and while walking through the streets of Barcelona, that I think I need to a dedicate a post solely to his work. Tomorrow, maybe?

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After we visited the park and the church, we broke up into smaller groups and explored Barcelona on our own, by foot.

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We ate, and we shopped for souvenirs and walked the Gothic district until the sun set and a new glow was cast over the city.

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Lights twinkled

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architecture seemed more severe

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{domineering and alive}

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and the streets seemed to breathe with new life.

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bda
  • June 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Dina Lettre - These are glorious, Patty! (And, I agree about the guide. That made all the difference when I visited London. Didn’t have one in Paris, sadly.) What an awesome trip…and collection of memories.

  • June 21, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Kim Cunningham - Awesome trip! Looks like a beautiful city. Can’t wait to see more!

  • June 21, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Shirley LeMay - Oh, such wonderful captures of a beautiful city. I would love to visit someday. I especially love those fun photos along the wall! Looking forward to more photos and learning more about Barcelona.

  • June 21, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Liz - Beautiful images!! Thanks for sharing & hosting!!

  • June 21, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Molly - The more and more I see of Barcelona the more I am convinced I need to visit soon.

    Mollyxxx

  • June 21, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    Pat - Great phots. I’m putting Barcelona on my bucket list!

  • April 1, 2015 - 12:35 pm

    East Tennessee Senior Portrait Photographer :: Bailey » Patty Christopher Photography - […] tour company and local tour guide show us around Barcelona and Madrid, showing us the history, architecture and culture for which these beautiful cities are […]

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