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Exploring the Colorful Barcelona Spain at Night

Untitled (1 of 1)-136This is one of Antoni Gaudi's most famous houses in Barcelona.  It always caught my eye when I walk past it.  Each time I tried to capture it better in a photo as it wasn't easy with so many cars and people walking by.
This is not the hotel I stayed at but it is an example of how many of the hotels were very attractive at night because of their lighting.

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Although Barcelona was a very beautiful city at night this will be a mostly photo only post.  Although I am so glad that I switched to using a Mac computer a couple of years ago.  It's been a little difficult getting used to not having nearly as much storage space as I did with my other PCs.  I will be leaving soon on another adventure and want to edit and share my photos before I go.  It's probably silly but I feel like I'm behind if I have a lot of photos from a previous trip on an external hard drive that still need to be edited.

I think one of the best things about Barcelona and especially about Barcelona after dark is the colorful fountains around the city.  Many of them change color.  I felt very fortunate that some of them were right outside my hotel as I don't go out at night when traveling alone.  The photo below was taken by the friend I met from Marrakesh Morocco down near the coast. 

I felt very fortunate to have made a friend in Barcelona not only because it's nice to make friends, but because we were able to go out walking at night and see some things that I never would've seen otherwise.  Barcelona is a beautiful city and at night the lights on many of the hotels as well as the Gaudi house were very interesting and picturesque.  It was also nice to have some photos of myself as I dislike carrying a tripod and or asking strangers to take my picture.


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This is an area Down near the coastline where one would board a cruise ship around dusk
Untitled (1 of 1)-99People seem to stay up late in Spain as I took this photo around 10 o'clock at night.  Most restaurants and stores stay open late.  Many of the fancy restaurants didn't even open until seven or 8 o'clock at night.
Untitled (1 of 1)-99I took this photo from the rooftop of my hotel.  I stayed at a very nice hotel called the Casa Fuster hotel.
Untitled (1 of 1)-99Here is another photo taken from the rooftop of my hotel with my camera set at an aperture of 1.4 F to create the Bokeh affects.
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Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.

~Michelle

 

 


Visiting the Spectacular Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona Spain

Untitled (1 of 1)-59When I decided to visit Barcelona in January 2016 one of the main things that I wanted to see while there was the Sagrada Familia Cathedral designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi.  After seeing so many beautiful photos of this church my expectations were very high and I was not disappointed.  I have visited many Beautiful cathedrals around the world and was starting to think I had seen them all.  The design of this church was unique because of Gaudi's influence.  It was so bright, colorful and ornate, but also had an Art Nouveau feel to it.

As you can see from the photo below construction of this Cathedral is not complete. Construction of this project went slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War.  Gaudi passed away in 1926 at the age of 73 and construction was only about one quarter complete.

 I was fortunate enough to be able to see the inside of the cathedral which is now completed.  Everything seems so new bright and well cared for.  I was there on a sunny day and seeing the sunlight streams through the windows was breathtaking.  One of the things that I found most beautiful about this cathedral was the bright colors of the stained-glass windows.

 It was a little cold in Barcelona visiting in January it was generally in the mid 50s during the day.  The good thing about visiting this Beautiful and interesting city during the winter months is their are fewer tourists.  I did not have to wait in line for a long at all.  My ticket was only €15.  If I had chosen a tour with a specialize guide it would've been €24.  You can learn more about the prices and hours here .

The Sagrada Familia Cathedral along with six other buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi is a UNESCO world heritage site

 It's quite shocking to see how Close to being finished the interior of the cathedral is when you look at the exterior.  Construction of the exterior is scheduled to be completed around 2026.  This is definitely a place I would recommend to anyone wanting to visit the Barcelona area.

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Untitled (1 of 1)-59As with so many buildings and cathedrals that I have visited around the world and especially in Europe the ceilings were incredible!  Everywhere I looked there was something interesting I wanted to take photos of.
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Untitled (1 of 1)-53The ceilings are not the color they appear in this photo.  They are white but the sunlight streaming through the bright colored stain glass windows causes a reflection that makes them appear different colors. 
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~Michelle 

 

 

 


Gaudi's Guell Park in Barcelona




When I decided to visit Barcelona Spain in January 2016 I looked at photos on the Internet to make my decision as there were other places that I was considering visiting instead.  It was photos of Guell Park that made me most want to visit Barcelona over other cities.  I liked how it was very colorful and unique.  The architecture was like nothing I had seen anywhere else in the world.  When I travel I love to take photos and I like colorful subjects.  I enjoy taking photos so much that I don't remember what I like to do before I started taking pictures when traveling! 

A gentleman named Eusebi Guell assigned the design of Guell Park to Antoni Gaudi who is a very renowned architect in Spain.  The park was built between 19oo and 1914.  The park was designed for a group of high-quality homes with all the latest technology and an artistic touch. 

Visiting this park was one of my favorite things that I did while visiting Barcelona.  There are many famous artists such as Dali and Picasso who have works on display in the city.  However Gaudi's's works appeals to my artistic sense the most as I love his use of color and detail.  Most of what I did while I was in Barcelona involved visiting his architectural works including the famous cathedral Sagrada Familia and the Gaudi House. 

You can find the hours and rates for visiting this park at Guell Park rates and hours.  It only cost me €8 to visit.  There is a snack bar as well as a gift shop on the premises.  Without further ado I will show you some of the photos that I took.  I was fortunate to have met a very nice girl from Marrakesh, Morocco while in Barcelona and we had a great time visiting this attraction together and I didn't have to ask any strangers to take photos of myself.

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I wanted to visit Europe in January partially because there would be less tourists, but as you can see there were still a lot!
Untitled (1 of 1)-15I loved the benches surrounding an open area in the park.  The intricate detail of the ceramic pattern was fascinating!
Untitled (1 of 1)-15It was great not having to ask a stranger to take my photo.  And you know I had to touch and have my photo taken next to the mosaic cat fountain !

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Untitled (1 of 1)-108Here is a photo of my friend with an entertainer whom I thought was a mannequin.  He really got my heart racing when he stood up out of his chair acting as though he was going to grab my friend.  I gave a lot of visitors a good laugh!

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These were the only two houses constructed in this project.  Several more were planned.  Unesco declared the park a world heritage site under the works of Gaudi.
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~Michelle