Spain 2011 pt. 2: Barcelona

My sister and I left Granada and traveled by bus to Madrid, and then by plane to Barcelona, once we realized the bus would take 8 hours. In retrospect, it would have been better to fly from Granada to Barcelona, but what are you gonna do? If I were to describe Barcelona in one word, it would be “Colorful”. From the markets to the architecture, there was a lot of color. This made the city very fun to photograph.

The first day there I wandered down to La Rambla on my own and checked out St. Josef’s Mercado.

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We also visited a couple of the buildings and parks designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, who designed a number of very cool buildings around Barcelona. Among them are the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, which is still under construction, nearly 100 years after construction began.

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He also designed this home, called Casa Batallo.

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The interior was built around a light well which had tiles that shifted hues to increase or decrease reflectiveness depending on their height in the building to allow more light in to the lower floors with out making the upper floors over lit.  The building was built before electric light was common place. Interestingly, building this way seems to be coming back into favor, at least in commercial buildings. Here is a shot of the interior of the light well.

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This being Europe, my sister and I did some cafe sitting and coffee drinking as well.

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If you would like to see more of my photos from Spain, they can be found on flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edcarley/sets/72157627363201137/.

And of course, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @EdCarleyPhoto

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