January Rome In January I spent a weekend in Rome. It was my first visit to the eternal city and definitely not my last! I loved how walkable the city center was and at every corner there was something to see: churches, fountains, monuments, markets, and so much more! My highlight: The MAXXI Museum for… Read More My travels in 2016.
What I did during my 3 days in Barcelona in December 2016.… Read More Recap. 3 days in Barcelona.
Next week I’m heading to Barcelona for 3 days. It’s my 5th visit to the Catalan capital and I can’t wait to explore more of this city that has grown so much on me during my last visit in March 2013. I’ll be staying in Gracia, a neighborhood I fell in love with. Here’s what I’ve… Read More Barcelona. Travel plans for a weekend in December 2016.
… and then suddenly the sky cleared up and the rain stopped and I decided to quickly head to the beach, which was the best decision I could have made. The beach was unreal on that day, stormy with really big waves. Photos from my afternoon and evening there are here and here.
I have kind of a love-hate relationship with Barcelona; though I have been there four times, I never really loved it. There are many things I like about Barcelona: the Gaudi architecture, the great amount of things to do, the food, the beach, the weather and affordable and short flights from Germany. And everybody’s been there and… Read More Barcelona. An afternoon in Gracia.
The Palau Nacional at Montjuic was built for the International Exhibition, which took place in Barcelona in 1929. 5 years later it became the home of MNAC – the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The museum “embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, objets d’art, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining… Read More Barcelona. Montjuic. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in the Palau Nacional.
Some of Barcelona’s best street art might be hidden during working hours: the many graffiti painted on the rolling blinds of shops and cafes.
Star-architect Frank O. Gehry, who is known for buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, created this large scale sculpture for the Summer Olympics 1992 in Barcelona. Like many other Gehry buildings it is made of stainless steel and reflects the sunlight. The fish is 56… Read More Barcelona. Port Olympic. Public Art. Goldfish by Frank Gehry.
This park is one of the oldest parks in Barcelona and a little bit off the beaten track. It compromises an 18th century neoclassical garden and an 19th century romantic garden and it’s most famous for its labyrinth. ^^ Eros sculpture in the middle of the labyrinth.^^ ^^ The box-tree garden ^^ ^^The neoclassical pavilion.^^ ^^… Read More Barcelona. Parc del Laberint d’Horta.
What: Botero’s cat / El gato de Borteo Where: at the southern end of Rambla de Raval, Raval (Metro: Parallel, Liceu or Drassanes) About: The huge cat sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero was purchased by the city of Barcelona in 1987. Since then the cat stood at various spots around the city, such as… Read More spain. barcelona. public art.