Day 75: All the Gaudi.
While the architecture in Barcelona overall is fascinating, the work of one particular master, Antoni Gaudi, is what many people travel to this city specifically to see. We joined in the admiration and took a walking tour of Gaudi creations in the city.
We've been on a number of "free" walking tours while we've been abroad. What all of them have in common is that while they are free, the tour guides are working extremely hard to receive a fair tip from you at the end of your time together. Therefore, the guides are always full of personality, detailed, and super engaging. This one was no exception.
Gaudi, like most artists, was always teetering on the line of genius and manic behavior. But interestingly enough, his "modernisme" style was actually appreciated in it's day, which I feel is pretty uncommon for people with such talent.
The buildings we saw (Palau Guell, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, and Sagrada Familia) were all extremely interesting, and mostly because of the stories behind their creation. My personal favorite was Sagrada Familia, with it's many facades and ever changing designs.
Next up, Park Guell.