I was going to try and post this last week but sadly the internet connection at the Kempinski Hotel in Munich wasn’t having any of it! As mentioned in the previous post, Spain has been on the top of my travel list for a long time. We were finally able to make it come true now that we reside in the UK. G was more than happy to oblige when I I told him that I would like to celebrate my birthday in Spain this year. He had previously been to Madrid and Barcelona for a short business trip. Since our birthdays are only nine days apart, we took a vacation to celebrate both. Having seen gorgeous pictures of Menorca, I wanted to celebrate my birthday there and since it’s just off the coast of Barcelona, we figured we should visit there, too.
We arrived in Barcelona in the afternoon and promptly checked in to our AirBnB apartment. Visiting La Pedrera (Casa Milà) was next on our itinerary as it wasn’t too far from the apartment (only 3 Metro stops away). We got off at the Passeig de Gracia stop and walked to La Pedrera as we wanted to take in the sights even though Diagonal stop is the closer (not to mention that we’d have to switch trains). (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)
Obama in Barcelona!
Finally, we reached La Pedrera, one of Gaudi‘s famous works in the city. (We visited quite a few, as you’ll discover in coming posts!) This was one of Gaudi’s most complete works, a home built for Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. The unconventional design drew plenty of criticism back then. I definitely like the architecture although the lack of a straight wall might drive me nuts!
Models of the La Pedrera
Courtyard of La Pedrera
The warrior-like chimneys, ventilation towers, and stairwells on the roof terrace of La Pedrera
The servants’ quarters inside the apartment
The beautiful arch of the attic
After the visit, we had dinner nearby at Tapas 24 based on the reviews on Foursquare. Food was good although it was a bit salty for my taste. Service was however, lacklustre as we had to stand in line to wait even though there was a table for two that was available in front of us! Unfortunately, I was too hungry to take any food pictures (lighting wasn’t the best either). Till the next Barcelona post! 🙂