On a recent quick visit to Barcelona, I crammed Antoni Gaudi’s major works into one day, thanks to two guided tours with a break for lunch in-between.
A more leisurely traveller, or an architecture student, could spend weeks studying the mosaics of recycled ceramics, the wrought-iron forgery and the stained-glass windows that are the hallmarks of Gaudi architecture. Any number of books on Gaudi and his freewheeling designs could entertain and educate for hours over strong coffee in a streetside cafe.
I had long wanted to see the wavy facade of Casa Batllo (pronounced Bot-YO) and the landmark Sagrada Familia, and I was not disappointed.
But they are quite real and part of the fabric of Barcelona’s independence as the capital of Catalonia.