Casa Gaudi


Tickets for anything “Gaudi” sell out quickly and you need to reserve online days in advance. You are given a timed entrance which is a good thing because the home Gaudi lived in is very small. Gaudi worked on the Segrada Familia project while living here and now it is a museum, explaining how he lived, evoking his personal life as well as showcasing furniture and objects he designed.


Gaudi wanted some privacy around his home but said a fence was too high and exclusive so he built a vine covered pergola around the perimeter.


There are gates designed by Gaudi as exhibits on the property. I think this looks like modern forms of sunflowers. 

 

I’m in love with this gate–inspiration for a quilt.


The interior was a mix of Gaudi’s actual living rooms and museum exhibits. Double sink in the bathroom, pretty forward thinking.


Often, Gaudi would design the furnishing to fit the architecture of his client’s homes. I thought the fretwork on this chairback would make a nice quilt motif. I’m really missing my studio, sewing and quilting.


After touring the home, we walked all over Park Güell. The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing development , the idea of Count Eusebi Güell, after whom the park was named.  There were 60 lots planned for luxury homes, with incredible views of the city Barcelona and Mediterranean Sea, set high on a mountainside with cooling breezes. Only two houses were built, Antoni Gaudi moved into the “show” house and lived there for 20 years. 


What the heck were people thinking? I can not begin to imagine what a home would be worth here today. No mention of why the home lots didn’t sell but Gary speculated that it was too far from the city center, in a time with poor roads and transportation and what was considered the    wealthy sector. You can see the spires of Segrada Familia in the center of the photo and apparently Gaudi didn’t have difficulty getting to work every day. 


Well, it was a good thing nobody bought the new neighborhood because now tens of thousands of people can enjoy the park and the monuments Gaudi designed.


There are buskers playing music, performers and venders of all sorts.  


At the highest point in the Park, Gaudi situated three crosses to remind people that man cannot top what God creates. It’s quite a climb to get up there and the last part is steep and stretches have no guardrail at all. Did we go to the top?


Of course we did. 

It was plenty scary with people deciding it was too dangerous to continue up and trying to come back down, white as sheets, insisting on clinging to the wall, forcing ascending people toward the edge with no hand rail. Grrr. I’m getting too old for these challenges. I didn’t dare snap a photo at the top. I’m reminded that woman doesn’t like tumbling down what man has built without safety considerations.


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  1. Christine says:

    I hope to see Gaudi’s works myself some day. I would NOT have gone to the top. KUdos to you, crazy travelers!