Barcelona – Gothic Cathedral

I wanted to explore the gothic quarter of Barcelona as really – what could be better for a photographer. All that beautiful history and architecture – perfect.  We found the Gothic Cathedral right away and really, it was the main reason I wanted to come down and explore here.

I love dramatic architecture – and this had it in spades. I’m going to let the photographs speak for themselves as I had so much fun photographing this incredible building. 

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Once again we opted to go up some ridiculously old & small elevator and onto the roof of the Cathedral – I mean really I should have learnt my lesson from Sagrada Familia – but this was taking un safe to a whole new level! We were precariously balanced on some scaffolding that really was about the fall at any minute – or at least at the time it really felt like it was. And to add to the already building level of hysteria it was incredibly windy up there – so if we weren’t falling to our death due to the scaffolding we were certainly about to be blown over the side. I couldn’t resist posting the next two photos of my mother to illustrate this point further – sorry Mum! After a very fleeting visit – we slowly side stepped our way back towards the elevator.

 

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We stumbled upon the courtyard (Cloister) and found these adorable white geese that they keep there. I spent far too long naming them and trying to win their trust to obtain the perfect photograph. But to no avail – so these will have to do! 

 

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 I like to think he was posing for me there – just a little!

We found our way back out onto the beautiful streets of the gothic quarter and continued our adventure! (Until the rain returned!)

 

 

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Barcelona – Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (that’s not a typo!) and it’s not expected to be completed for between 30 to 80 years (time for completion varies depending on different sources of information).

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The beautiful entrance gate –

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Once we had entered – we went immediately up the towers to admire the view. Now i’m not trying to be ridiculously British in saying this – but Barcelona obviously doesn’t have the same Health & Safety code as us. I’m not one to usually be afraid of heights, but something about the fact that there was no railing, no fencing, no nothing to keep you from falling to your death – just wasn’t to my taste. As we walked through I became more & more jelly legged – much to my mother’s amusement. Every where you looked you could see the (beautiful) but terrifying view – even the gaps between the narrow stairs were really pushing me over the edge  (no pun intended). After a rather fleeting trip we escaped back down the elevator to safety.

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There really is so much I could say for the incredible architecture – but it speaks for itself. Every way that you approach it, you discover something new and equally brilliant. I could have spent hours admiring every inch of this magnificent work of art. Luckily we were there in March which is not the tourist season so it was remarkably quiet and had only a few people looking around – which added to the wonderful experience.

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It is definitely one of the top things to do when visiting Barcelona – and if you only have time to visit one of Gaudi’s works of art – make it this one.

Blogging Hiatus

Well that was a rather large gap… unplanned, unexpected and certainly life changing. Since I last blogged (I believe I was in the middle of blogging my Barcelona trip) I have managed to go to NYC, break up, move out and start the process of getting my visa to move to NYC for the next 3 years (at least). You know… no biggie! So I’m going to go back and try and catch up on the many many blogging opportunities I neglected over the last few months. 

 

And yes… I am procrastinating from something I should be doing. But who’s not…? Exactly.