By Nancy Todd Comments: Negu, The Blogdog
Antoni Gaudí does it again adding to the Barcelona buzz. This Scoop is about his fantasy land masterpiece Park Güell, that you can walk through, sit on, stroke, listen to music in, and view the Mediterranean Sea from all at once. Orginally designed for a wealthy industrialist, Eusebi Güell, the grounds are now a public park.
Park Güell is a delight to the senses and on a clear day you can see for miles over Barcelona. Completed in 1910, it has been declared a UNESO World Heritage Site. Melissa, my daughter, David, my-son-in-law, The Blogdog and I had a wonderful time at Park Güell. Four biggies to see at Park Güell:
l. Big green foot, on steroids, actually has four feet and is the mosaic dragon that is Gaudí’s famous signature piece located at the base of the Park- great photo op. Approximately 12 feet long, this famous fountain makes me laugh as the dragon is actually smiling. A tribute to the legend of St. Jordi slaying the dragon for Barcelona.
2. Next to the dragon is Casa Museu Gaudí where Gaudí lived until he moved to the grounds of Sagrada Familia Church. The home has curvaceous, art nouveau furniture that he designed.
3. Lounge on the serpentine benches which are inlayed with colorful pieces of ceramics… old china plates wedged into the design.
4. The Hypostyle Hall, a gazebo on steroids, has a total of 86 columns supporting the weight of the mosaic ceiling. Broken cups and wine bottles are part of the pattern. Musicians play here taking advantage of the excellent acoustics.
Your Scoopettes love the classical guitar players. Weekends are packed. Check it out during the week. You can walk through hundreds of acres. The Scoop is not to walk alone. Watch your wallet.
Negu, The Blogdog:”The musicians at Hypostyle Hall just love my singing along with them. However, Darling, I do wish the autograph seekers would just quit for a minute and leave me to my singing.”
Getting there: The guide books say take the Green Line to Lesseps Metro stop and walk for fifteen minutes. They lie. Trudge uphill for a half an hour is more like it. Not fun on a hot day. Best choice: Bus 24. It will stop at the front gate of the Park.
Hours: 9 to 9 daily, June – September. 9 to 8, April, May, October.