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Barcelona-Park Güell

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3rd day of the trip and our first destination was Park Guell. Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914 and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. Since i’m not much sure about the details history of Park Güell, i have to take some useful informations from wikipedia.

Description of Park Güell:

Park Güell is skillfully designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The buildings flanking the entrance, though very original and remarkable with fantastically shaped roofs with unusual pinnacles, fit in well with the use of the park as pleasure gardens and seem relatively inconspicuous in the landscape when one considers the flamboyance of other buildings designed by Gaudí.

The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. To design the curvature of the bench surface Gaudí used the shape of buttocks left by a naked workman sitting in wet clay. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaudí incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the Park. The visitor was originally greeted by two life-size mechanical gazelles (a major euphemistic symbol of ‘the young beloved’ in the Hebrew strand of the medieval love poetry of the region), but these have since been lost during the turbulence of war.

Roadways around the park to service the intended houses were designed by Gaudí as structures jutting out from the steep hillside or running on viaducts, with separate footpaths in arcades formed under these structures. This minimized the intrusion of the roads, and Gaudí designed them using local stone in a way that integrates them closely into the landscape. His structures echo natural forms, with columns like tree trunks supporting branching vaulting under the roadway, and the curves of vaulting and alignment of sloping columns designed in a similar way to his Church of Colònia Güell so that the inverted catenary arch shapes form perfect compression structures.

Some tourist don’t know that there is a high-point offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay along the way through the Park Güell Garden. It is possible from there to view the main city of Barcelona in panorama, with the Sagrada Familia and the Montjuïc area visible at a distance.

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City of Barcelona

A street performer at the high-point of Park Güell entertains the visitors

Enjoy the moment at the highest point of Barcelona

Few more step to the top

About the tones of 3pictures above, i just did some experiment and enjoy myself with photoshop and it’s actually quite easy to get those tones.hehe…and i added some lightness on each photos and that’s why they look like a little soft.

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Barcelona- La Ramla

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La Ramla is a famous street located in central of Barcelona, very popular among both tourist and the local people. This 1.2 km street is very well known among the tourist due to the rare and amazing  streets performers that i, myself never seen such street performers like that. Along the street you can find a lot of souvenir shops with a reasonable price, but be careful, because this street is one of the prime place for pickpockets. Basicly, you can find anything here.

I did not get the chance to shot all the streets performers because it’s getting dark ( i arrived here like about at 17:00), so i enjoyed the performance myself. So here are a few pictures of them. At that night, i saw a street performer who dress up like a tree!!It’s really amazing….the full dress was in green and moved slowly like it’s being blown by the wind. At the same night, that’s the first time i went to a market which full of fresh meals and fruits!!Once you see the fruits, it’s like you want to eat all of them there… seriously. Boqueria Market ……….

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February 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Barcelona

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Barcelona, a well known City in Europe and really famous as one of the most attractive tourist attraction in Europe, famous because of their legendary architect Antoni Gaudi who design Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and some other odd, creative i admit and cool architecture buildings around here. And of course not forgotten, Barcelona is also famous with the Football Club of Barcelona. Actually, there are so many place you can go here, like Olympic Stadium, Poble Espanyol, Torre Agbar, The Montserrat and others.

I was there in Barcelona on a 2weeks trip around Spain and Portugal last December 09 with a group of 5 people including me. Our destinations were Barcelona-Madrid-Granada-Cordoba-Sevilla-Lisbon-Porto. In the next post, i would like to share my stories and experiences during the whole trip, starting from Barcelona.

For some general informations, you really need to be careful when you travel in Barcelona or Spain, i mean..REALLY REALLY careful because there are many, i would say, professional pickpockets around here, it’s like a JOB for the people here. When we were just arrived to our  hotel in Barcelona, the owner (boss) himself warn us to be careful here, don’t put your wallet in the back pocket but put it in front or in your jacket’s pocket, don’t try to show off your stuffs like cameras, video-cameras and mobile phone because those are the things that catch their attention, most importantly,don’t even dare to walk alone!!!walk in group instead. Luckily for us, nothing bad happen to us for the whole trip. For a tourist, you don’t need to worry about language barrier here because they can speak and understand English well. That’s about the people in Barcelona and about the foods, for Muslims, i think there is no problem to find halal food here (there are a lot of  Halal Shop along the La Ramla Street). About the public transport, the Metro System is enough to get you around the city, the metro trains are really punctual, fast, effective and cheap.

About the picture above, it’s just a picture of a streets in Barcelona, near the area of  Palaca Catalunya, La Ramla Street ( i’ll explain about this awesome street later ), and to be exact in front of FC Barcelona Fans Shop. Here was where the beginning of our tour around Barcelona City Centre on the 2nd day of the trip. I personally on purpose, did not want to freeze the movement of the vehicles by increasing the shutter speed, or panning the shot because i think the blur or motion of the cars can give better impact on the picture. About the tone, i use a nostalgic tone to bring up the memories back once i see this picture.

More story come in the next post, have a nice day.

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February 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm