Yesterday’s wanderings took me by Palau Guell, or “Guell Palace,” just off La Rambla, so I decided to duck in for a tour. Built by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century for his friend and patron, the Catalan industrialist Eusebi Guell, the building is an impressive example of Modernista architecture and one of many Gaudi works in the city.
My favorite part of the building is the rooftop terrace, which offers spectacular views from its undulating surface. It also features twenty chimneys, no two of which are alike: each a work of art of its own. At once fanciful and practical, which is my overall impression of Gaudi’s style. Continue reading “Palau Guell”
Dating back to 1217, La Boqeria is situated on La Rambla, and is jam packed with stalls selling every food item imaginable, from jamons to seafood to fruits, vegetables, cheeses, nuts, and even bulk fresh ground spices.
Barcelona, Zaragoza, San Sebastián, and Valencia will be our homes-away-from-home as we explore the food & wine and the cultures of Catalunya, Aragon, the Basque Country, and the autonomous community of Valencia over the course of three weeks.
Our itinerary also includes an afternoon layover in Madrid and two overnight side trips: one to Girona, where we will lodge in the shadow of its famous cathedral, and one to Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, whose renowned Ruta de Pintxos awaits. We’ll wind up the trip with a day-long drive up the Mediterranean coast from Valencia to Barcelona for our return to the U.S.