Barcelona, Spain Day 1

 

Mediterranean Sea

 

Barcelona is a huge city with a village feel!  There are neighborhoods, each with its own flavor and rhythm.  Every time we visit Barcelona, we try to explore something new or different.  But, of course, going back to favorite places is an irresistible draw—one we cannot always overcome!  I’m including photos of Montjuic, Las Rambla, Mercato Boqueria, Casa Batllo by Gaudi, and Parc Guell because they are iconic places to visit in Barcelona.  But we have enjoyed so many, many more wonderful things to see and do!  I’d have to publish a book to tell you about them all!

Castell de Montjuic
Castell de Montjuic
the Castell on Montjuic
the Castell on Montjuic
Rog at a cannon on Montjuic
Rog at a cannon on Montjuic
inside the Castell
inside the Castell
Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas
Night On Las Ramblas
Night On Las Ramblas
Mercato Boqueria
Mercato Boqueria
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell
Parc Guell

 

On this visit, day 1, we started out with the idea of seeing Casa Fuster.  Casa Fuster was designed, in 1908, by Louis Domenech i Montaner, a Catalan architect known for his Modernist work.   The Casa Fuster was a gift from Senor Mariano Fuster to his wife, Consuelo Fabra i Puig.  At the time, it was considered the most expensive house in the city.  Only the highest quality materials (such as white marble) were used in the construction.  The house was designed with 3 facades and stood on a corner lot.  The center section is a rounded projection.  The building was purchased by the Hoteles Center chain in 2000.  By 2004, the renovated structure opened its doors as a testament to the art of Montaner and a welcome hotel to grace the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona.  You can imagine the disappointment when we discovered that, once again, Casa Fuster is swathed in scaffolding!  It is under renovation!  Woe was me!  At least, the interior was intact and the Café Vienes is open and operating as a Jazz Club.

Casa Fuster shrouded in scaffolding with only the corner still visible.
Casa Fuster shrouded in scaffolding with only the corner still visible.
Cafe Vienes in the Case Fuster Hotel, Barcelona, Spain.
Cafe Vienes in the Case Fuster Hotel, Barcelona, Spain.

 

Casa Fuster is located on Passeig de Gracia, a lovely area filled with great architecture, ubiquitous cafes and charming boutiques.  We walked along the Passeig and made our way to Rambla de Catalunya (another pedestrian avenue above the Plaza Catalunya where the Las Rambla ends.)    We stopped frequently to eat and drink along the way!  It was a most pleasant day.

Looking down Passeig de Gracia.
Looking down Passeig de Gracia.
Art in the median Park along Passeig de Gracia.
Art in the median Park along Passeig de Gracia.
The unique architecture of Barcelona.
The unique architecture of Barcelona.
In Barcelona, one must look up to see the fine details!
In Barcelona, one must look up to see the fine details!
Entering Rambla de Catalunya from Passeig Gracia.
Entering Rambla de Catalunya from Passeig Gracia.
Walking along Rambla de Catalunya.
Walking along Rambla de Catalunya.

 

I’ll close this with a really, funny photo of a “tricked-out” smart car!

A tricked-out Smart Car!!!!
A tricked-out Smart Car!!!!
A tricked-out Smart Car!!!!
A tricked-out Smart Car!!!!

 

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