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Friday, October 5, 2012

" Parc Güell "

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This park needs no grand introduction as I think
we all know it's one of the greatest works from Antonio Gaudi.

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In fact, it's a must-see sight when you visit Barcelona,
you don't wanna miss it!

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But did we all know why this was named Park Güell? ^0^
Thanks to my reliable travel book,
I read that a certain Eusebi Güell was, during the time,
one of the richest man in Barcelona.

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He gave Antonio Gaudi, who was then, still a fresh graduate and
at the peak of his prime, received his first commission to do
some minor works for the gate, stables and some lodging for the Finca Güell.
Eusebi was so pleased that he commissioned him to do more of his estates.


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Years later,
Gaudi started working on his new project, which was the Park,
an ostentatious display of undulating curves, broken tiles or the perfect word
would be Trencadis, and a whole lot of
eccentricity as some might call it.

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It was what they would call their paradise aka " Utopia."
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and indeed it is.
the scenic beauty was breathtaking,
I think during crowded days,
you have to blocked out the hordes of tourist and simply take it all in.
You see a bit of Barcelona in a whole new level.

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The Park is big though,
you have to do a lot of climbing, a bit hilly,
so better wear some comfy shoes.
or another option would be to take a taxi.
but it's worth it once you're there.

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what the park would look like on this point of view.

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the details are just as interesting.

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every angle, every corner is perfect for a photo op.
just seconds away from this creature flying away.
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Once inside, the first thing you'll notice are these two ginger bread like houses.
my version that is. ^0^

They're bright as skittles-colored-candies and almost a replica of
Hansel and Gretel version.
Again, the nice swirls and sloping roofs, mosaics and Gaudi's steeple with its
double cross on the good children's house.

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More on this series.

note: From autumn onwards,
Entrance to the park isn't free already.
the catalan gov't issued a new mandate for a fee of 5 euros for non-residents of the city and those who are empadronado (registered with the city council)
will be exempt.

Ps:
thanks for bearing with my unscheduled posts.
I think i'm so way behind already. ^0^
I wish I could share half of my dilemma and spill it out here.
But that wouldn't be about traveling already,
that would be me, ranting and worrying about this and that. ^0^


Happy weekend all!

* where was this *
take the metro- Lesseps
bus- No.24 from Plaça Catalunya
Barcelona




3 comments :

  1. Great mosaic work. Lovely pictures.

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  2. been hybernating too, not able to bloghop too often and just posting sponsored posts and sandwich posts when needed. sometimes, it's ok to shut dowm for a while and come back feeling energized. ;)

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  3. great post btw, immensely enjoyed the park and stunning view of paradise. :)

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