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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea, Barcelona and Park Güell Favorites


Shutters and Shadow

Here is today’s Fun Photo Friday gallery and slide show:

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54 Days at Sea — Visiting Park Güell, Barcelona


Park Güell

This week and last I’ve been presenting to you images of a very distinct architectural style. It’s known as Catalan Modernism, and it is characterized by a very fluid, organic look. One of the most important practitioners and proponents of this style was Antoni Gaudí.

Park Güell

And the best place to go to see Antoni Gaudí’s work is a park on the western edge of Barcelona. Today’s photos were taken at Barcelona’s Park Güell, which was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built during the fifteen-year period between 1900 and 1914.

Park Güell

The buildings here are typical of Catalan Modernism, with brightly colored tiles adorning flowing, curvaceous forms reminiscent of what you would expect from a fairy tale setting.

Park Güell

Park Güell

Not all the lines at Park Güell are fluid, or even modern, however. Rather surprisingly, neoclassical elements such as fluted colonnades are also in evidence:

Park Güell

Park Güell

Enough of the architectural lessons. It’s time to just soak in the sights of this fascinating park with a photo gallery. Click on any image below to enlarge and activate today’s slide show:

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54 Days at Sea — April 9, Another day in Barcelona


Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia)

MS Prinsendam overnighted in Barcelona, affording us on the next day more time to spend exploring the city, and with much sunnier skies than we’d experienced the day before. So, we took advantage of the weather and, with our friends Bill and Joelle Travis who accompanied us to Montserrat Abbey the day before, we headed out and about. Here is our little group in front of a very Gaudí -like building, the Palau de la Música Catalana, but this building was designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner:

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Ursula with friends Joelle and Bill Travis

Palau de la Música Catalana ticket window

After snapping a few exterior photos of the Palace of Catalan Music, we took a quick coffee break:

Ursula taking time out for a cup of coffee

We also this day hit sights such as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia:

Barcelona Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia

Barcelona Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia

And here’s a fun little photo I took of a cathedral window with an unexpected splash of color:

A splash of pink at Barcelona Cathedral

Overlooking Park Güell, which I’ll show you in much more detail on Wednesday, is la Casa Trias, designed by architect Juli Batllevell:

La Casa Trias

On Wednesday I’ll be bringing to you some very fascinating views of Antoni Gaudís work, taken at Park Güell on the western edge of Barcelona. Until then, I’ll leave you with some more Barcelona images:

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

 

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