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Park Guell in Barcelona: Stepping Into Gaudi’s Fantasy Land

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Could it really have been three years ago that I went to Barcelona? Wow, it feels much more recent than that. After only a few hours in Barcelona, it became my favorite city (next to my beloved hometown NYC, of course), and it has yet be dethroned. The first place we went (following incredible paella lunch at Botafumeiro) was Park Guell, the whimsical park designed by Antonin Gaudi in the early 1900’s. The way the park works in harmony with its natural surroundings, its unexpected details and colorful mosaics are just amazing. We’d trade it for Central Park any day!

Under the patronage of Eusebi Güell, Gaudi designed the park as a setting for Barcelona’s aristocracy to live. But alas, it was a failure as a real estate venture — which I difficult to believe (unless the prices were outrageous) because I would have loved to live there. Only two houses were ever built there, a white house and pink house, where Gaudi lived and is now a museum. In 1923, the city saved the project from certain disaster and converted it to a public park.

Park Guell was perfect first stop for us, as we decided that we had to make sure to visit Gaudi’s other works too: Casa Batllo, La Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera.
It’s also a good way to orient yourself to the city because you have spectacular views.

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5 Responses to Park Guell in Barcelona: Stepping Into Gaudi’s Fantasy Land

  1. jessiev
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    July 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    love these photos – so fantastical!

  2. Simon July 26, 2010 at 2:13 am #

    Barcelona is one of my favourite cities as well, and Park Guell is a magic place. While strolling around, I felt as if I had suddenly entered a dream world.
    Paella at Botafumeiro must have been gorgeous! Next time you go to Barcelona I suggest you to have a unique fine dining experienceat another famous restaurant: Comerç 24 http://ow.ly/2gqy2
    Cheers!

  3. Heather on her travels July 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    I love all the Gaudi art – as I remember, Park Guell was not as central as some of the other Gaudi buildings. I was in Benamaldena near Malaga last week and they’v modelled their Puerto Marina area on Gaudi with lots of colourful mosaics and strangely shaped apartments everywhere

  4. Michael Hodson February 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    I am so ready to go here for so many different reasons. Really need to get it on my schedule soon.

  5. Sofie
    Twitter: wondwand
    November 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I love Park Guell. Seems like your in another world for a while.
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