Casa Batlló; Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton
Gaudí's Casa Batlló (1904-1906, Passeig de Gracia 43) must be one of Barcelona's most photographed Modernista monuments.
"Why do people say Barcelona is so lovely?" my daughter Isabel asked me one day when she was just a kid, and we walked down a particularly ugly street, of which Barcelona — like any other city in the world — has its fair share.
Because it has buildings like the Casa Batlló, which I'm privileged to walk past every day on the way to work…
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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska
There are some people they say they do not like it. Others argue over which part of the temple is the best.
I simply like to look at it and it's always a fresh feeling of fantasy.
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Until June 24th, there is an exhibition of over 500 works by US photographer Lee Friedlander [Wikipedia entry], at the CaixaForum (shown above) one of Barcelona's most visited art musuems.
The CaixaForum is always well worth dropping by, for the lovely building (information in Spanish), as well as its (free) exhibitions.
Barcelona this morning, from the back of a motorbike
The sun is just coming up… That's the Casa Batlló (left) and the Casa Amatller (right) next to it (by Gaudí and Puig i Cadafalch, respectively). They are two of the buildings on the Manzana de la Discòrdia, which we went to on the social program this week.
A bike or motorbike is a great way to see Barcelona. You can obtain discounts on bike hire with your IH Barcelona student card.
The tourist bus is an excellent alternative for getting to know the city.