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Gaudi’s Great Masterpiece

Of all Gaudi’s designs, I think the Sagrada Familia is probably one of the most ambitious and interesting buildings. It certainly dominates the skyline.

View of Barcelona

This is the Sagrada Familia as seen from a hilltop.

Exterior Queue

And here is a view of the Sagrada Familia from the other side of the road. All the people standing in front are in a queue to enter the building. The Familia is still under construction and tourist revenue is providing the funds to complete the building. As an aside, a New Zealander is responsible for completing Gaudi’s design and making any necessary adjustments during the building process.

We stood in line for an hour before we gained admittance. Hubby muttered a bit about the wait, but I stood firm. Everyone we’d met said how amazing the building was inside and I wanted to see with my own eyes.

Work in Progress

Exterior Figure

The exterior of the building is covered with carvings of people, animals and decoration.

Exterior near entrance

Here is some of the carving near the entrance to the interior.


The interior is full of marble columns. Some are pink and others are white. When I walked inside, I didn’t know where to look first. There are stained glass windows, dozens of columns and so much more.

If you’re ever in Barcelona, you have to put this on your travel itinerary. It’s well worth the wait to gain admittance.

Gaudi’s Casa Mila

Before hubby and I visited Barcelona, I’d never heard of Gaudi, but I challenge anyone to visit this vibrant city and leave without learning about this famous architect.

Gaudi was born on 25 June 1852 and died on 7 June 1926 after being struck by a tram during his daily walk. He’s best known for his design of the cathedral in Barcelona – Sagrada Familia. I’ll post photos of the cathedral another time, but today my photos are of Casa Mila, a building designed between the years 1906 – 1912.

This was a controversial design, as was most of Gaudi’s work, and it reminded me of the buildings in the cartoon, The Flintstones. In 1984 the building was declared a World Heritage site. It was built for a married couple, but the husband died in 1940 and the wife sold the building in 1946. The building was restored after being left to deteriorate and is now open to the public.

Casa Mila, Barcelona

Casa Mila, Barcelona

The chimneys at the top of the building are often photographed, and you’ll see them on many Barcelona brochures and postcards.


What do you think of Gaudi’s style?

Tomatoes and Cookies

Tomatoes, Barcelona market

This photo of a stall selling tomatoes was taken in Barcelona. I loved the colors and all the different shaped tomatoes. The sight certainly put me in a cooking mood. There is nothing tastier than a freshly made tomato sandwich, garnished with basil.

Today I’m visiting Romance Cooks where I have a yummy cookie recipe for you to try. There are lots of other recipes at this site too. If you enjoy cooking Romance Cooks is an excellent site for you to check out.

Do you like tomatoes and what is your favorite way to eat them?

A Visit to the Barcelona Market

I love markets. The vibrant colors. The different products. The scents and the whole tactile experience. The little samples stallholders hand out. The freshness of it all.

Barcelona has a brilliant market, just off La Rambla, the wide thoroughfare in the central city. In the mornings, it’s the domain of locals who stop by to fill their shopping carts with fresh produce or who linger at one of the stalls serving coffee and food. During the afternoon the market teams with tourists. It’s the time for snacks of fresh fruit, tapas, and lots of visitors, like me, take photos.

Barcelona Market

Barcelona Market

Barcelona Market

Barcelona Market

Barcelona Market

Do you like markets too? Do you have a favorite?