Spain (Day 3, Part 2)

October 23

Barcelona

By now, of course, you all recognize a Gaudi?

[Picking up where we left off in Part 1, this is the last of the four featured houses on the Block of Discord – Casa Batllo Passeig de Gracia 43 designed by Antoni Gaudi . . . ]

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[And the view from the other side of Passeig de Gracia Avenue . . . ]

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[Reminding that Gaudi is totally unique . . . ]

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[And another look back down the block of Illa de la Discordia (Block of Discord) . . .

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[And this is where we’ll spend the rest of the day.  The informational pamphlet for La Pedrera was posted in Part 1 . . . ]

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[Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ or “The stone quarry”, a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, is a modernist building.  It was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudi and was built between 1906 and 1912.  The building was commissioned in 1906.  At the time, it was controversial because of its undulating stone facade, twisting wrought iron balconies.  Several structural innovations include a self-supporting stone façade, and a free-plan floor, underground garage and the spectacular terrace on the roof.  In 1984, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (Wikipedia).]

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[Patricio!  Our Sandemans tour guide who’s led us since lunch . . . ]

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Patrick

In 2010, Patrick decided to spend one year in Barcelona. Six years later, he is still here playing basketball, learning more about the city’s history, and eating patatas bravas. Although Patrick was born in Italy, he grew up in Illinois. He speaks English, Spanish and Catalan. As un undergrad he studied History and has continued his studies here trying to learn all he can about the city. In his free time he loves to read, travel, and explore Barcelona. Becoming a tour guide gives him the opportunity to share his love of the city with others. (http://www.neweuropetours.eu/Barcelona/en/Guides/Details/c3pCnp/patrick)

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[He grew up in Chicago but has now lived in Barcelona for 8 years.  As noted, he came here to play basketball.  I should have got his last name – he’s 6’4″ and must be a player of some note?]

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[Enthusiastic and good tour guide – his English is obviously bueno . . . ]

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[First, you cross the street to enter the building . . . ]

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[Go immediately to the elevators for a trip to the roof . . . ]

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[As you can see, the rooftop is quite a place.  The Super pauses to take it all in . . . ]

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[It’s almost like an obstacle course to traverse for all the views . . . ]

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[But that’s the fun of it all . . . ]

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[And of course everybody’s doing the same thing – stopping, posing, shooting pictures, blocking all avenues of egress . . . ]

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[Ye old shooting pictures of people shooting pictures . . . ]

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[The Super, trying to figure out where to pose next . . . ]

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[Up and down and over and around . . . ]

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[As I recall, we were six stories up . . . ]

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[Hey, there’s the Sagrada Familia . . . ]

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[Yup, still there with my eyes open . . . ]

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[A photo op paradise . . . ]

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[So let’s get Bill and Anne . . . ]

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[Despite what it appears here, they do limit the number of people up on the roof at any one time . . . ]

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[A panoramic view of the city . . . ]

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[And the Block of Discord . . . ]

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[A 3D roof map . . . ]

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[One day later I would not be able to lift my left arm this high . . . ]

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[Looks like a DQ swirl with something on top . . . ]

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[Now we go inside, this top floor (the attic?) is where the action is . . . ]

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[A 7th inning sit . . . ]

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[La Pedrera model . . . ]

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[This was an interesting place . . . ]

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[Both in terms of the floor’s architecture . . . ]

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[And the displays . . . ]

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[The Super and her reflection . . . ]

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[And the one photo I took on a lower floor that was a residence . . . ]

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[A final adios from La Pedrera.  The next day would be our last in Barcelona.]

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Two great talkers will not travel far together.  ~  Spanish Proverb

Up Next:  Likely basketball?

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