Jake celebrated his first birthday the weekend before we left for Barcelona, and was just learning to walk. We decided the perfect first stop on our Gaudi tour would be Park Guell — plenty of Seussian spaces to toddle through, colonnaded footpaths and brightly colored tiles. He stopped to boogie for a bit to the local musicians playing Spanish guitar under the shady terraces, then we made our way to the upper level to take in the sweeping views of the city. From there we grabbed a taxi to Casa Mila.
Arriving with a baby granted us cut-the-line access at Casa Mila. We were directed to the stroller parking/locker room area and shuffled right upstairs in the elevator. Inside we saw furnished interiors of an apartment and models illustrating the origins of Gaudi’s highly individual and distinctive style. The impressive rooftop was the highlight here, with chimneys and curves, angles and light.
We skipped Sagrada Familia since we’d been on our previous visit — figuring we’d be back again within the next 15 years to see it again before it’s finally complete — and instead headed to Casa Batllo. The wavy façade is unmistakeably Gaudi, decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles in shades of orange, greens and blues. The roof is arched and meant to resemble the back of a dragon or dinosaur.
By then we were Gaudied out, and treated our cultured tot to some tasty tapas at nearby Bar Canete.
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