I've lost count how many times I've been to Barcelona...Maybe a dozen or so? We usually go there once a year (twice last year), around my birthday. It's Professor M's (my wonderful husband) birthday treat for me.
I've also featured Barcelona on the blog before: I've written about shopping, food, even hotels... And because I don't want to repeat myself, I decided to focus on something different in this post, namely the fabulous architecture and design.
Well, you've probably heard of Gaudi...
Nope, didn't visit la Pedrera this time, either, even though we stayed in the neighbourhood, just a few blocks away... There's just something about queueing I don't like.... so I don't do it. As my 50th birthday present to myself I decided that now I'm old enough that I don't have to do, eat or wear anything I don't like...
Anyway, I should tell you that my interest in architecture is not very deep. Or rather, it's as deep as my interest in most things: very superficial. And in this case 'interest' means that I take pictures of anything I find interesting. Details, mostly, as there are tons of books by far better photographers about entire buildings and history.
But, about the details: this is Loewe flagship store on Passeig de Gracia. In my dreams I will actually go in one day (in my dreams I have enough money to do that...)
And I find this tower across the street a bit further down just fascinating:
But what I find even more fascinating is how ordinary buildings are made more interesting by adding some unexpected design elements:
We always stop by this little gallery to get our art fix. In his dreams, Professor M would be rich enough to buy a painting there... In reality we sometimes get (a much smaller) picture at a (significantly more affordable) little gallery in Barri Gotic...
I'm always fascinated by the design aspect of everyday objects. And Barcelona is of course one of the best-known Art Nouveau (or 'Modernisme' in Catalan) towns in Southern Europe (BTW: Helsinki is one of the best-known Jugend / Art Nouveau towns in Northern Europe...). So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that street lights look like this:
What do you want to see when you go on holiday?