swooning and drooling, oh my.
The buildings are so curvy and strokable. They made my mouth water.
Yeah, my undergrad advisor (another urban anthropologist, hmm) did most of his fieldwork in Barcelona and had a bizarre love-hate relationship with Gaudi's work, but he always agreed that it was the most tactile form of building ever. =)
2005-12-02 15:21 (UTC)
o goodness! o, it makes me so happy that you went there!
& it makes me a little sad: i miss spain! i fell in love with that silly country to be sure.
the greasy mullets are everywhere;; but they wear it so well; much better than the thin-haired nokinkorwave norte-americanos!
those stairs (sagrada familia) are just dizzying; did you walk across one of the 'bridges' between the tips?
& casa batllo is so so so gorgeous! i fell in love with that house (i kind of fall in love a lot it seems); i was running my hand along the walls & the banisters; so almost like flesh it felt like;;
o, i am just rambling on about my time there..
i just get so nostalgic about it you see?
thank you for sharing your photos! i was so looking forward to seeing them & , as always, your narratives are always swell & like you are just standing next to me saying 'o! & this this this.' which is really all a girl can ask for!
Yes, we walked across the bridge. The one that has a sign reading "Do not stand here," and where everybody stands anyway because they're so busy looking saucer-eyed at everything. I liked La Pedrera but it just seemed a bit stiffer? More buttoned-up and stuffy? than Casa Batlló, which was loose and free and roamed about with its colors bleeding into one another and its rooms melding. It was organic, fleshy, even the walls were skin-colored in places and the wood framing and floors looked like they'd be warm to the touch. I see why you get nostalgic; I am right now!
Haha, you know I do that all the time when I'm there. Pointing and saying "Look there! and that! Oh, I have to stop and take a picture. Ooh, look at that!" For instance, I gave up on trying to listen to the audioguide for Casa Batlló after about five minutes. Too busy looking, too busy being engaged with the house itself.
My parents went to spain and fell in love with Gaudi's stuff, but the photos I saw never really gave it justice. Wow.
2005-12-02 20:33 (UTC)
I was so glad I took zillions of photos (okay, 800, but I've only been through just over 750 because I still need to get the film from the Lomo developed). Some of that stuff was freaking difficult to photograph, because there aren't a lot of electric lights in Gaudí's buildings. Most of the lighting comes from natural/external sources. While it creates a wonderful soft glow inside the rooms, it's tough to take photos, especially without a tripod. There were a couple that didn't turn out (out of focus, blurry) and it made me really mad because I spent time composing the shot. Whoa, I ramble. Anyway, let me conclude with what I should have started with: Thank you!
Grah. LJ randomly logged me out. That was me.
2005-12-03 06:08 (UTC)
(1) These are gorgeous, though I've no idea what they are.
(2) I have to experience absinthe someday.
(3) Wish Marco a happy three-oh from me!
(1) Crazy houses built by a madman.
(2) BEWARE. Remember, minimum 45% alcohol, maximum 85%. And doesn't taste like it at all.
(3) Done. He says thank you, happily. Three glorious decades! Wahey!
Gorgeous. If I lived in a place like Casa Batllo, I would be happier from the beauty. There's got to be a house design that pays homage to Gaudi and is environmentally friendly...
Heh, that was one of my thoughts too. The other was, I'm glad I don't live here because I can't imagine having to keep the place clean. Can you imagine dusting those rooms? No, it's better not to try. What a nightmare.
*blink* *gog* *sputter* *stare, slack-jawed*
Other than to tell you that I'm extremely jealous of these photos, I'm speechless.
Did I mention, extremely?
It is my mission to tempt you with visions like these until you can't resist any more and you hop on a plane and fly over here.
You're doing a fabulous job. =)
yummy yummy yummy photos. i have to go back. we went on this stupid package tour that our holiday operators put on. have to go back.
Yes! And spend more than a day, because a day is nowhere near enough.