For those who don’t know me, I should tell you about my love for the grand city of Barcelona. Ever since I went as a young(ish) lad, I have loved the Catalan capitol. The stunning architecture, the mix of old and new, the incredible food, the stylish people – it truly is a place where angels tread. I love the hustle bustle of Las Ramblas, the claustrophobic beauty of the old town and the blistering white sand of the beach. Even the football stadium is a place where dreams are made with one of the most successful teams in the world, with an arch-rivalry with the old enemy Madrid.
The thing that I love most about the city is the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. For those unfamiliar with his work, he was the cities favoured son, a founder member of Catalan modernism, a literary and artistic movement that spanned architecture, painting, writing and other forms of expression. He was responsible for many of the most amazing buildings scattered around the city from the sprawling Sagrada Familia to the surreal Casa Batllo. He went through many different periods and looks, but all of his buildings are visually striking in some way and subvert the environment around them so that you have to look at them through the eyes of the master himself.
If you have never been you should definitely make the effort to visit this amazing place and see his works for himself. You won’t regret it. If only there for a short period then I highly recommend going to see the Sagrada Familia his unfinished magnum opus. It’s like a twisted fairy tale building that towers above the surrounding cityscape and was the death of Gaudi - he stepped back into the road whilst organizing the placement of a block and was sadly run over.