Barcelona was just wonderful. After almost two weeks of old Spanish cities,
Barcelona was like a refreshing oasis for me. Ah! Modernity! Seeing Gaudí was every
bit as amazing as I thought it would be. What's not so amazing was the incredible
lengths we had to go to just to get into some of the buildings. 2002 was Gaudí Year
and Barcelona did such a great job of promoting it that you have to line up early
at many of the buildings just to get in. It was all very amazing if you think about it.
Thousands of people in the city, lining up to see architecture. I know architecture
is in vogue and some architects are big stars, but a whole city's tourism based
on an architect not named Gehry? C'mon! How many non-architects even know who Gaudí is?
Anyway, i thought it was pretty amazing. So, limited opening times combined with limited
tickets combined with limited days in which to see them all made for a stressful
experience. But I'm glad to say it was all worth it. It's hard to categorize Gaudí. His work
seems out of this world: not quite old, but not quite modern. It's as if it's from
a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... It's all very mystical and fantastic
and futuristic all rolled into one.