A Brief Look At Antoni Gaudi’s Works of Art and his Influence on Spanish Architecture

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi (picture from Wikipedia. Click image to go to Wikipedia.)

Antoni Gaudi is one of the most renowned architects in Spain and amongst the first widely known practitioners of Catalan modernism. While not many, his works are simply breathtaking and evoke a distinctive and individualized style that’s inspired from nature, religion and architecture. In his work, Gaudi considered every detail and managed to seamlessly integrate various crafts into his architecture in order to give his creations a unique touch. To offer some examples of those crafts, they included carpentry, wrought iron forging, stained glass and also ceramics.

Under the influence of Oriental and neo-Gothic art, Antonio Gaudi was one of the most noteworthy supporters of the Modernist movement, a style that reached its peak in the late XIX and early XX centuries. What’s interesting about the way Gaudi designed his creations is that he never really drew detailed plans, but actually created them as 3D scale models and went on to model the details along the way. Speaking of which, below we’re going to talk about some of his most popular creations that are now declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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Tips for getting to the airport on time

Barecelona airport tipsAfter many months of saving money, you’ve finally managed to save just enough so that you can finally go on the vacation you always want to take. However, there’s just one small detail: you haven’t flown in years, so things like getting to the airport, checking in for your flight, getting through security and then to your gate can be a bit troublesome. Worry not, since we already did the hard work for you and wrote the guide below on the best way to get from your home to the airport fast and always on time.

Things to Pack

Depending on how long your vacation is going to be, it’s always recommended that you only pack the necessities.  Keep in mind that you can’t take everything with you, so even if you plan on going hunting when you arrive at tour destination, you won’t be able to take your favorite gun along. In fact, for any item that you’re not sure you can take with you, it’s best to get in touch with the TSA and ask them about it. As always, asking is better than having to discard your items at the airport and eventually have them destroyed.

Getting to the Airport

Barcelona getting to airport tipsDepending on how far away the airport is, the traffic, time of day, getting to the airport can be the most nerve racking part of your vacation.  It is recommended to arrive 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3 hours early for international flights.  If you drive yourself to the airport, you need to plan appropriately for traffic getting there.  Then you must park your car.  If you park in economy parking which is cheaper, plan enough time to catch the shuttle to the terminal.  To get dropped off at the curb of the terminal, have a friend or family drive you to the airport.  Or if you have the extra money go with a taxi, bus or better yet a limo. (My friend has a great limo company you can check out here.)  Once they pick you up, you can relax.  They will get you to the airport on time.  They will deal with the traffic and there is no parking to worry about.  Now that you are at the airport you need to check in.

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Visiting the Gothic Quarter And Its Incredible Adjacent Tourist Attractions

Street in gothic quarter in Barcelona.

Street in gothic quarter in Barcelona.

As part of the Ciutat Vella or Old Town along with Barceloneta, La Raval and La Ribera, the Gothic Quarter is one of the most imposing landmarks in Spain. Potentially eerie to a first time visitor, but brimming with historical value, visiting the Barri Gotic feels like taking a trip back in time to an age when the world was in the midst of a tumultuous change and transition that left its mark on every culture on the continent. So what is there to see here and what are some of the best places you should visit when coming to the Barri Gotic for the first time? Well, about that and more we’re going to talk about in the following paragraphs.

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What you need to know about the Sagrada familia

The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

It may very well be unfinished, but the truth is that Sagrada Familia attracts more than 2.8 million visitors every year, making it the most popular tourist attraction in Spain. The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia was one of the biggest obsessions of Antoni Gaudi who dedicated the remaining years of his life to finishing it, but unfortunately, that never was to be. The idea of building this amazing architectural work of art stemmed from the desire of the conservative society of the time that wished to construct a temple so that people can atone for the city’s sins of modernity. Because of its importance for the people, Gaudi regarded this project his most important he’d ever attempted and did everything he could in order to secure its completion.

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Top 5 Dangerously Delicious Foods You Should Try In Barcelona

Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana

Even if one would want to, emulating Spain’s gastronomical variety will prove to be an impossible task. That’s because there are so many regions in Spain and each of them has their own specialties, that as a tourist, you’ll find it very hard to know where and what you would like to try first.

Spain is famous around the world for a lot of things, including the islands, the siestas, the incredible nightlife, the long lazy sunny days, but also its amazing coastlines and the sensual sound of flamenco. However, Spain is also known very well for its delicious food, surprising you with its incredible fusion of tastes, diversity and color. As such. if you’re currently thinking about traveling to Barcelona, Spain, then below we’ve come up with a list of some of the most delicious foods you can enjoy here.

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Check Out These Famous Art Museums And Contemporary Art Activities When Visiting Barcelona

Barcelona, Park Guell after sunset

Barcelona, Park Guell after sunset

For the art lover, Barcelona is by far one of the most recommended travel destinations in the world, since it’s here that the works of art of famed Spanish artists, including Velazquez, Dali and Picasso, among others, can be seen on display in all their glory. If that’s not enough for the hungry art lover in you, then don’t worry, since there are dozens of art museums you can visit in many parts of the city and all of them house dozens of collections that span medieval times to the nineteen nineties.

You can also view contemporary works of art by lesser known artists as well. If that stirred up your curiosity and thirst for art, then make sure you visit at least 3 of them following museums when you finally arrive in Barcelona.

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The History Of Barcelona and Its Most Notable Landmarks

Barcelona has a very rich history that dates back many thousands of years ago. In fact, the first human settlements to be discovered date back to Neolithic times which goes to show how ancient the city actually is. Barcelona was founded at the end of the 1st century BC by the Romans who set up Read More

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Tips for Car Rental and Driving in Barcelona

car rentalVisiting Barcelona is described by many as a unique opportunity to delve into a different culture where the food, the people, the customs and everything you think you may know about them will surprise you. This city is filled with dozens of historical places you can visit, not to mention how its delicious foods (including the popular tapas) will definitely have you coming back for more. But once you arrive in Barcelona, you’ll need a way to get around and that is why renting a car is a good idea. Outlined below are some of the things you should keep in mind when renting a car in Barcelona as well as some parking tips so your car does not get towed away.

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The Best Beaches You Can Visit When Traveling To Barcelona

Barceloneta beach in Barcelona, Spain

Barceloneta beach in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of the best cities in Spain where you can visit and enjoy beautiful white sandy beaches and a perfect sunny weather that’ll make your vacation here one to remember. From the N to the S side of the city, there’s a total of nine beaches that you can go to in order to get that perfect tan while sipping from your favorite cocktail.

On a yearly basis, more than 3.5 million tourists come here to have a good time, play and swim in the sun and since the beaches easily get full, it’s best that you come early to secure the best spots. Speaking of which, it’s also important to know that the summer beach season in Barcelona starts in the middle of April and lasts until the last day of September.

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Mercado de La Boqueria and Les Rambles: Why You Should Visit Them When Coming To Spain

Aerial view over La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain

Aerial view over La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain

Spain is undoubtedly a beautiful country with lots of beaches, natural landscapes, historical buildings and unique local markets. While some people visit it because they want to get that perfect tan on one of its white sandy beaches, other come here to experience its rich culture and its delicious foods. It’s true that there are hundreds, if not thousands of great places to visit when coming here, but if we were to narrow our list to just 2 of the most iconic ones, then we’d end up with Mercado de La Boqueria and Les Rambles. Because millions of tourists visit these places every year, it’s only natural for us to take a closer look at what makes them so special and who knows, maybe stir up your curiosity about coming to see them in person.

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