Barcelona

I think my feet are about to fall off! It’s day two of my first ever trip to Barcelona and marching here, there and everywhere in flip flops has done my feet no favours. Or my brain for that’s matter, so apologises for any mistakes in the below edited highlights (part one) of my time so far.
GAUDI

20140626-200350-72230830.jpgEven in the less than glorious weather Gaudi’s cathedral Sagrada Familia is still an impressive sight. By the time I’d done my obligatory tourist queuing, the sun made an appearance just long enough for me to spot the construction workers who, according to the woman behind me, will be scaling the towers heights until 2026.

20140626-200440-72280080.jpgDespite the fact Sagrada Familia is the only cathedral I’ve been in with a lift, wifi and a vending machine, it’s also the only cathedral I’ve been to that so successfully fulfills it’s brief… Look up! There now follows my slight obsession with the incredible stained glass windows –

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20140626-200908-72548014.jpgOnce in the gift shop the Gaudi sticker book was very tempting!

20140626-201041-72641888.jpgFUNDACIO JOAN MIRO I particularly liked the sculptures on the roof.

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20140626-201341-72821527.jpgThey look especially good set against Josep Lluis Sert’s stark building.

20140626-202948-73788680.jpgSTREET TEXTURES

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La Friche!

On Saturday morning I visited La Friche de la Belle de Mai: part skatepark, studio space, music venue, library and gallery.  Below is a bit of architectural appreciation –20140416-131854.jpg20140416-131908.jpg20140416-131922.jpg20140416-131939.jpgThey had an exhibition of work by Asco, a group of LA based Mexican artists in the 1970s. From the little I could understand of the mission statement, Asco used often humorous, theatrical stunts (resulting in photographs and films) to highlight the injustices and excess in their community. I was totally taken with Skyscraper Skin, below.

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I also like a series of photographs called First Love Object – showcasing bizarre creations.

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20140416-133302.jpgThe print workshop/space L’atelier du Dernier Cri also had a couple of wall worthy gems.20140416-133603.jpg

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Flying High

…Over Mont Ventoux on my way to the UK, very impressed to think Mr Hope has cycled up there seven times this year. How lovely to see the Alps in the distance!

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