Sunday was fairly busy. I started the day by going to see a Gaudi apartment that I had been meaning to check out. It is called Casa Calvet. The problem with this building is that people actaully live there (LUCKY!) and therefore you cannot go inside. You can only admire the façade and move on. So I did just that. One of the most interesting parts of the building were the massive and intricate door knockers.
Around the far side of the park you find not another Gaudi structure, but instead, his house. For a small ticket fee, you can enter the house, which has been turned into a museum focusing on the history and devlopment of the architect, and his designs. I went inside and learned more about the architect. He is/was a very interesting man.
After the house-museum, I left Park Güell. I had been walking for hours and was very tired. I decided to see one more thing on my way back to my apartment. I walked back to Plaça de Lesseps, where I had gotten off the metro and wandered through a fair celebrating Castanyers and Castanyeras (street-corner chestnut roasters, typical of this season in Barcelona). I walked down to Casa Vicens, another Gaudi apartment. Again, some lucky people live here, so you cannot go inside. While the building was impressive, I hate to say, I didn´t like it that much. The colors and patterns were dizzying, and not really in the good way. It´s all a little overwhelming. But, it was interesting, and on my quest to see all of the Gaudi structures in Barcelona, it couldn´t be missed.
Tonight I take the train to Granada. That post should be up on Sunday. And if I can get my photo library to function again – you’ll get pictures too. (Anyone really good at iPhoto, help?)