I know you’ve been itching to see more of Barcelona since drooling over the photos in that food post long, long ago. For those of you new to Sweet and Savoring, I’ve done a bit of solo traveling (Central America for 3 months, Europe from 1-2 months on 3 separate occasions), and as a way to share those trips with my readers, I periodically put together weekend travel retrospectives. That way, I allow myself some virtual travel in the form of trips down memory lane, and you darlings get to experience my past travels, as well.
First, let me just say that Barcelona was part of a much-needed self-discovery period. In early 2009, I felt lost and confused and basically directionless. I needed something that would kick start me, and as with other trips, it was a flight sale email (I am in no way affiliated with Travel Zoo, I just love the site) that did the trick.
I bought my plane ticket about two months before my departure, so I didn’t have much time to plan. That was fine by me: long periods of anticipation have their beauty, but there’s something to be said for getting right down to it and making a lot of arrangements and plans all at once. Besides, I’d been looking forward to seeing Barcelona for the first time long before I knew when I’d actually get there.
Barcelona’s architecture called out to me as I planned my month-long stay. Full of creativity, whimsy, and always aiming to inspire, structures such as La Sagrada Familia convinced me that I’d chosen the right destination. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s unique style can be found all over Barcelona, and each time I spotted a building of his, I nearly gasped with delight. Another architect who designed many of Barcelona’s notable buildings, like the Hospital de Sant Pau (first photo up top), is Domènech i Montaner.
Care to see more? 🙂
And the last shot of the hospital (one of my favorite spots in Barcelona):
Here are some examples of Gaudi’s style:
And a few others to finish up my architectural tour of Barcelona:
Have you ever been to Barcelona? Have you ever been inspired by a city’s architecture? Any favorite buildings featured in this post?
Thanks so much for joining me for another travel retrospective, friends!