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Sep 1, 2016

SPLENDID SPAIN IN BARCELONA — SAGRADA FAMILIA

As I neared the Sagrada Família, my heart skipped a beat faster and I wondered how far more do I  have to walk before meeting face to face with this beauty.

TIP 1.
Purchasing tickets to Sagrada Familia can be daunting with so many choices available.

We joined the local tour with a  guide  and topped up with a tower tour ( You have to pre-purchase online).  There are many intervals available for the guide but the HOT TIMING will be those in the MORNING. You can also see the availability of the various slots on the same web page. 
The specialized guide gave a wonderful insight into the history and the aspects and different facades of the beautiful church. It's definitely worthy to pay 2 Euro more for the guided tour. 

Though it was a large ground but we all had on the mic and portable headset ( ever so useful) and were able to listen to the commentary from the guide clearly.

Even if you had gone on with a tour group, you would still be following the local specialized guides for this segment. So why not arrange yourself?














Capture the sunlight filtering the colored stained glasses... it's way pretty. 





Where Jesus is
The main altar where Jesus lies is out of bound. But believers can sit on the pews in front to pray as usual.
I am no Christian but I totally enjoy learning how Gaudi's work of science and art intertwined with his and the Catalan people's religion and faith. 

Clever use of Sunlight
Look up the towards the ceiling and there's an opening which allows natural sunlight to filter in thus 'lighting' up Jesus too. 
How enlightening indeed!

This is the area for praying
The cathedral is totally not a place for photo taking or OOTD as humans abound everywhere. 





 NATIVITY TOWER,  EAST of Barcelona
Of the 18 towers intended for the Familia, only 8 are completed 4 on each side of Nativity and Passion respectively. Remember if you bought the tower inclusive tickets to head up to the top of either towers. 
Go up via a lift and down via the stairs. 
It was an awesome experience! Recommended! 


and while waiting for the lift to come... 

The East view of Barcelona!
While being high up, you can still see lots of works are still carrying on with construction over the 
'unfinished' towers for the basilica.








A tower is A TOWER. Narrow and steep. 


And we spotted the new side of the tower building- in- progress. 


It gets narrower as you descend. 




Gradually the basillca came into view on from the ground level as you descend

There is so much to snap, you get quite lost on how and what exactly to snap gradually



The recreation and souvenirs shop as we made our way out



Tip 2.
 Barcelona is a big friendly place for international travellers solo. However, things can be a bit tricky when trying to take photographs at the national museums/churches etc. Many of such places do not allow the uses of tripods. So the only way about it is to grab a stranger and thick-skinned enough to ask for help!


9am to 7pm/ 6pm/8pm depending on months of the year. 




Aug 30, 2016

SPLENDID SPAIN IN BARCELONA — CASA MILÀ/ LA PEDRERA


As a former house commissioned by Pere Milà , the exhibition showcased different rooms and its layout used in the 1900s.
This house displays the curvy watery beauty in and out. Fluid, lucid and such a beauty. The Mila is a construction of 2 buildings with a central courtyard that allows light to filter to the topmost level 9 and the attic.

If I was fascinated by CASA BATLLÓ , I was in awe with Casa Milà. 
Tip: Casa Milà and  Casa batlló are easily accessible and nearby to each other thus it's possible to cover these 2 UNESCO sites within the same day. 
For La Pedrera,there is no fixed timing you have to enter, simply choose a date. However ticket price  comes with a guided tour at 11am, inclusive.
 If you can't make it, skip it because you will still be issued with an audio guide.  



Units for rental. Wish I can live inside.


Roof Terrace
Was simply an amazing blast of intricate sculptures of twisted chimineys












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We toured around the rooms and the various setups, looked at the furnitures and broken Valencia  titles




Washing basin made from marble?! How classy
Even the door knobs carried the curvy wavy structure to it.


Kitchen Wonderland


Here's the corridor along the different rooms. 

Patio made from crumbled zinc pieces



Back to patio level 1


Antoni Gaudi for you
Finally we met!





 Monday to Sunday, 9am to 8.30pm
and 9pm to 11pm


Nearest Metro: Diagonal

Similarly, you are able to visit at night too for a different experience altogether.