We were under the impression that the 'rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain'. That it mainly does may well be true, but what was news to us, is that the rain can be found in Barcelona as well. This came as something of a shock to us. Nowhere in this rhyme is this mentioned. I mean really, what can you believe nowadays? What else are they only half-telling us?
Fortunately, the rain clouds abated after our first two days here, and the sunshine returned! Needless to say, with two days of rain, we got to know our "digs" very well.
What marks this as a true vision of Gaudi's is his combination of Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau form. When Gaudi died at the age of 73 (in 1926), less than a quarter of the church was completed!
Construction was interrupted during the Spanish Civil War, and began again in the 1950s. Construction didn't pass the midpoint until 2010, and some of the biggest structural challenges remain. There is hope, though, that construction will be completed to mark the centenary of Gaudi's death, in 2026 (so, 11 more years to go - hopefully - and finishing with a total of 144 years under construction).
I guess people will agree to disagree.
Speaking for ourselves, we thought the church was quite magnificent, and would love to come back and see what it looks like when it is finished. Luckily, for the most part, the interior is done, and it is an eye opener! We had an audio guide that helped us learn about the church as we walked through it. It was really helpful. For instance, we learned that the columns were designed to look like the base of a tree with smaller columns "branching" off. As well, the ceiling was designed to look like leaves, to give the interior a feel of nature.
Outside of the Sagrada Familia there is a lovely park where we found a bench and enjoyed a nice lunch outside with hundreds of other tourists. All that touring can really build up an appetite in a person.
There are very few straight lines to be found in the entire building. You get a real sense of water and undersea life when you walk around the building. Even the chimneys on the roof are ornamental in design.
Because I may have bored you to death by now, I will forego a long introduction to what is known as Park Guell. All that you need to know is that entrepreneur Eudebi Guell hired Antoni Gaudi to design some buildings for his new park. The results are distinctly from the mind of Gaudi.
We enjoyed our "Gaudi Day", and thank you for taking the time to read this! Adios for now.