And of course, by trade, my love did not disappoint. Barcelona is as magnificent in plan as Paris is in passing. When the Catalan government enlisted Antoni Gaudi architect-extraordinaire to reface Barcelona’s burgeoning metropolis in the late 1800’s, I’m sure they expected him to preserve the sprawling natural landscape, but to mimic it entirely with a touch of eccentricity? That’s a whole ‘notha ballpark ladies and gents.
We completely lucked out and celebrated 4 full days of 70deg sun which meant following on foot everything Gaudi, from museums and landmarks, to today’s first-up: Parc Guëll. Home to what was once designed to be a housing development, but now open to the public as a municipal garden filled with Gaudi’s signature decorative designs, a mini museum housing original furniture and artwork, and an amazing aerial view of the city in all its Art-Nouveau splendor.