Parc Güell, Barcelona
This is a necessary stop for any stay in Barcelona. The Parc Güell appeared in a countless number of movies, paintings, documentaries, so much that you fell like you’ve already been there, even though you’ve never visited Catalonia. It was my case. I felt I knew that park, like I sat once on this bench, the longest twisting bench of the world, like I had already climb these stairs seeing the famous mosaic salamander. This déjà vu feeling disappeared as soon as we entered the park. Well, I couldn’t say I was surprised though really impressed. The light, reflections, a great panorama, bridges, benches, magnifiscent sculptures, flowers… many fantastic little things. Because mosaic isn’t only on earthenwares, but the whole park is a mosaic. Of course, it is a matter of taste, but I was intoxicated by all those enchantments. We got caught up and this shooting walk last longer than we thought.
A bit of history, the Parc Güell was realised by the Catalan architecht Antoni Gaudi (another one). Built between 1900 and 1914 and restored from 1984 to 1993, the park is now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. As it was really sunny this day, no question going there wearing trousers. We were only in April and the temperatures was alrealy 25 degrees so I picked these “acid wash” shorts. I’m usually not a big fan of “exotic washes” but wearing rather formal clothes – a white shirt with rounded collar, navy sweater and black watch – I allowed myself some quirkiness matching these shorts with red espadrilles.