A Fabulous Barcelona Day

Yesterday was my first full day in Barcelona. It was a fabulous. My friend Chris and I started at Museu Picasso. My favorite part of this museum is Picasso’s Las Meninas study… (He did several interpretations of Vellasquez’s Las Meninas, which I saw in Madrid a few years ago.) The current temporary exhibit displays the work of several other artists who have done Las Meninas interpretations. It was great. Next, we headed to Gaudi‘s Parque Guell, took pictures and had lots of sangria. At night (and this was the coolest part), we went to Gaudi’s La Pedrera for a rooftop …

La Pedrera de Nit

  On the plane to Spain, I read that there are sometimes nighttime concerts at La Pedrera, one of my favorite places from my previous Barcelona trip. After asking around, we got tickets for “Noches de verano en La Pedrera.” The musician that night was Marc Ayza – he & his band were fabulous. All & all, it was just a wonderful experience:  great music & good cava in the surreal surroundings of Gaudi‘s La Pedrera rooftop.              

Park Guell

ark Guell is Gaudi‘s outdoor barcelona park.  It’s relaxing, picturesque… and a great place for a pitcher of sangria.   barcelona skyline from the top of the park.  (see the large version.)   the main part of the park   dragon   euro smiles     mosaic   there goes the bride   ready for my sangria!


On Thursday, I leave for a week and a half vacation to Spain.  This will be my first "first world" international vacation in a while…  (Actually since I went to Barcelona & Prague four and half years ago. ) I’m looking forward to simply relaxing and enjoying the beauty (and wine) of Spain.  On the other hand, I’m so NOT looking forward to  the dollar <-> euro exchange rate.   The plan is split time between Barcelona and San Sebastian, with a side trip to see the Guggenheim in Bilbao. I’m also making planning on taking a lot of pictures.  …