Barcelona and Gaudi: Surrealism in the European Buildings

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Park Guell is one of those excitingly, Alice in Wonderland kind of places, that I only thought existed in video games or movies. Then I saw it firsthand. It was designed by Gaudi, and like most of his work, acts as a blending between the natural world, and the structures of our civilization. I like to think this is the sort of tip of the tongue feeling every body gets when they consider how badass his park is.

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Located towards the mountain range that borders Barcelona, the park offers a sprawling view of the city, and a unique view of Gaudi’s especially striking Sagrada Familia:

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Barcelona, and most would argue modern architecture, would not be the same without the influence of Gaudi. His influence is all over Barcelona, which has found a way to make the abstractly functional intricacies of Gaudi’s style look professional. The architecture is a major reasons why Barcelona is my favorite European city. It gives off the feeling of being in quasi science fiction video game.

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It is very easy (and I must say I am also guilty of this), to decide to party all night every night, and never get to see much of the city. This is a big mistake. Even if you are half asleep, a visit to Sagrada Familia, and at least one of Gaudi’s apartments is a must. You will kick yourself later if you don’t.

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If you decide to go (and you cant miss it if you are staying in Barcelona), wear some durable walking shoes. It is a bit of a hike to get up there. Taxi’s are always in service, and great if you have the money to spend, or are experiencing a disability of some kind. But I prefer to think of it as just another great excuse to see more of the city on foot, stop for some refreshments with a friend, and replace a trip to the gym with an experience. Some might call it a little crazy to walk that far, but I like to think of it as moderately extreme.

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