Barcelona Again

On the second day of my trip I walked up into the hills πŸ—» to the Fundacio Joan MiroΒ πŸ”΄. Β It had rained β˜”οΈ in the night and walking up into the hills there was that lovely smell of just rained on tropical foliage πŸ’§πŸŒ΄. Β It was wonderful to climb up above the city, I passed a man with a dalmatian 🐢and the most fantastically located outdoorΒ swimming pool 🏊- not open – but as far as I could make out the pool, and staggered viewing seats above, must have one of the best views of Barcelona, I took a nice photo πŸ™.

I arrived at the Joan Miro Foundation πŸ”΄πŸ”΅ and queued but not for too long. Β I have always been really intrigued by Miro πŸ”΅- all that blue πŸ”΅ with those black lines ✏️ and white dots βšͺ️ and red ♦️ – fun to look at, but never entirely satisfying. Β It turns out Miro πŸ”΅, who was born in Barcelona, experimented with all sorts of art styles, he never wanted his work to be classified as one ‘type’ 🎨. Β And he really did experiment with all sorts of mediums πŸ”¨βœ’οΈ. Β I enjoyed his early fauvist works πŸ’–, and really liked his large scale abstract works – Fireworks I, II and III in particular πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰. Β I wasn’t so sure about some of his sculpturesΒ πŸ—Ώand his works in textileΒ πŸŽͺare quiteΒ peculiar. Β But I do like the way he kept pushing the boundaries – not allowing himself to be defined by any one type of technique or medium – although there is almost always something distinctly ‘Miro’ about his works – and you can’t miss his spectacular use of primary colours πŸ”Άβ™¦οΈπŸ”·. Β I was also delighted to find Alexander Calder’s mercury fountain ⛲️ – an image of which had been featured in the Calder exhibition at the Tate – it really is mesmerising.

I had lunch 🍴 at the Fundacio Joan Miro – sandwich πŸ•and a coffee β˜•οΈ and then wandered down through the Jardins de Laribal 🌳. Β If you ever find yourself in this area of Barcelona definitely visit these gardens 🌳- they are rather beautiful and there was practically no one else in them.

I then took the metro 🚝 to the other side of the city to Park Guell 🏑. Β I was citymappering πŸ“‰ about Barcelona and it told me it was a 20 minute walk from the metro station to the park….being city mapper it failed to mention that this was up a VERY steep hill πŸ—». Β On my way home I passed some inappropriately dressed, slightly over weight British tourists starting this ascent, and am pretty sure they would have soon been cursing whoever suggested they do the ‘short walk’ from the metro station to the park… 😳Anyway, I did make it to the top πŸ’ƒ and spent a pleasant afternoon in the park 🌳. Β I wandered about the Gaudi colonnades and bridges 🎒, and found the Turo de las Tres CreusΒ – 3 stone crosses high up in the park β›ͺ️, and definitely the best view over Barcelona. Β I liked Park Guell – it was rather fascinating with Gaudi’s house 🏰serenely sitting at the centre. Β I didn’t actually pay to go into the main part – it was so crowded with people, but you can see most of it from above.

I headed home with a quick stop to have supper 🍝 in La Monroe Β – a very trendy bar. Β I had a very very good strawberry πŸ“salad – although did order ‘chips’ and got a whole bowl of crisps πŸŸπŸ˜”… but they were very kind to me. Β Eating out on my own is not something I have mastered well – and I have to admit I spent a huge amount of time on my phone πŸ“± using the free wifi, all that instagramming to do πŸ˜‰… Β I did get better towards the end of my trip – less phone time!!

I really enjoyed these two areas of Barcelona – it was rather nice to see a completely different side of the city – and I would highly recommend going to both.

Alice xxx


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Day 2 outfit πŸŽ€πŸ˜‰ Jumper – hush, trousers – Zara, Sandals – Castell, Menorca
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Swimming pool with a view – on climb up to the Fundacio Joan Miro
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Early fauvist Joan Miro – Chapel of Sant Joan d’Horta
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More Miro – Birds at Daybreak
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Fireworks I, II and III β˜ΊοΈπŸŽ‰
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Fireworks II and III detail
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Calder’s Mercury Fountain
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More mercury
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Miro – The day on the left and The night Β at the back
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Some Miro stools.. Sir, Madam
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From Joan Miro Fundacion looking towards the city
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Looking back up to Joan Miro Fundacion
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Jardins de Laribal, just below Joan Miro Fundacion
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Jardin de Laribal
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and again
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Made it to Park Guell – Gaudi
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Gaudi’s House in Park Guell
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Parc Guell looking towards Sagrada Familia
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Everyone was enjoying the view
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Well almost everyone…
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A drink in la Monroe
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and some dinner – strawberry salad πŸ˜ƒπŸŒΏπŸ“πŸŽ

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