Today was mainly spent checking out some of the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi. The most famous being the Sagrada Familia, still not finished despite construction having commenced in 1911. I had mixed feelings about the church, in one sense I thought it an eyesore, a mix of eratic images piled upon one another. I can see its grandeur, and I do appreciate its monumental nature, but no matter how I looked at it I could not take it in without feeling lost and a little giddy.
More enjoyable to look at where the Casa Mila La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. Both these buildings are lively and colourful and show real pizazz when you consider they were built in the early 1900’s. I am very curious to learn about what sort of a person Gaudi was and I have added him to a growing reading list for my return to Australia.
Moving along we visited El Courte Ingles, the largest department store in Barcelona (and certainly larger than any in Australia). This was on strict recommendation from a friend in Toronto and whilst the prices where a little much for this pair of backpackers, we did make a purchase – a battery charger!
I had planned for the evening the Magic Fountain, cascading from the base of the Palau Nacional and featuring a sound and light show. Unfortunatley it was not running so after so we trudged back into town for more Paella and Sangria.