23.10.2009 18 °C
The elegant 19th century building fronting the wide tree-lined boulevards of Barcelona reminded us of Paris. Even the weather had a slight northern chill after our time in the balmy south. The appearance of coats and hats signalled the fact that we have now begun our journey towards home and winter.
Barcelona is renowned for architecture, culture, cuisine and Christopher Columbus. Here is the great sailor pointing the way to America - saying, "Just turn right when you get to Mexico."…
But Barcelona today is fundamentally about two things - its architecture and football. The most famous designer and architect was the modernist Gaudi. Antoni Gaudi died in 1926 when his great art nouveau cathedral, The Sagrada Familia, was barely off the ground. This cathedral has now taken more than a hundred years to build and some of the older parts are already looking worse for wear. This could become a permanent work in progress.
Buildings designed or influenced by Gaudi can be seen throughout the city. If you are thinking of doing a few home renos to add character to your place you might want to get a few ideas from here. How about this for kerb appeal?
There are many such artworks and, not to be outdone, today's street artists do their very best to improve on the works of Gaudi and his contemporaries. Hardly a door or wall escapes these "Picassos" of the paint spray.
Wonky English is as prevalent here as it was in south east Asia. How's this for a cafe's expensive sign!