We have been swept by Gaudi fever. On our first hungover morning we woke up in time for the 11am free Runner Bean tour of all his sites. We quickly realized he was a total madman. His homes look strikingly like they were designed for Candy Land. You can’t help but be intrigued, wondering what WAS he thinking?? And how are his designs so beautiful and ugly at the same time?
We visited the Battlo house first, which is believed to be a design of the dragon that Barcelona’s patron Saint George slayed. The brightly covered tiles and confettied sides look just like a few of my old Barbie Dream Houses and I had a strong urge to move in and live a fantasy life.
The Sagrada Famalia was next. Perrin, Julie and I all gasped when we emerged from the subway, stunned by the massive size. As we got an explanation of parts of the exterior we were just overwhelmed by how busy the facade it. Herod killing babies, Darth Vadar look a likes, a Christmas tree in the center, brightly colored words scrawled on the side and balls of fruit in the towers. It’s a bit crazy for my liking, but compelling at the same time.
If you pay 12 euros (not recommended) you can go inside the unfinished structure and get the sensation of walking into Babes in Toyland. Babes in Toyland. The pillars spread above you into massive tree trunks and in the center you have the tackiest Jesus Christ I have ever seen. He is hanging from a trapeze Mardi Gras type contraption that looks like it’s straight from the Moulin Rouge. Yet, somehow the more I saw, the more I wanted to see. I’m hooked, I have the Barcelona fever.