Discovering Casa Mila

One of the reasons that I love to travel to Barcelona is to immerse myself in the incredible art that this Spanish seaside city has to offer. The city is dominated by the incredible works of Antoni Gaudi, who was the visionary behind the creation of Casa Mila, Park Guell and the still evolving Sagrada Familia.

A girl can’t spend her entire vacation only acquiring small leather goods and indulging in sangria, so sightseeing was definitely on the agenda!

Our rental apartment was located in Gracia, about a 30 minute walk from central Plaza Catalunya. Sidewalks were littered with open-air cafes, high-end designer shops and pedestrians strolling leisurely along the tree-lined boulevards.

Casa Mila, which is also known as La Pedrera, is located on Passeig de Gracia, about a 5 minute walk from our residence. Even if you haven’t got a clue as to what or where Casa Mila is, the building is unlike one you’ve ever seen before.

Built in the early 1900’s, it is a showcase of the out of this world inventiveness of Gaudi’s modernist vision.


The fluid lines, the wrought iron balconies, the bizarre space-age chimneys standing guard on the rooftop were absolutely mesmerising. Momentarily forgetting the beckon call of the multi-coloured bolsos and zapatos in the shop vitrines, I stood transfixed, drinking in the essence of this riveting structure.

The only thought that crossed my mind was how can I get an apartment in this incredible building?


Paying my 16 Euros for a tour of the inside dwelling, my pink sneakered feet ascended the curvy, twisty staircase. An entire apartment had been preserved, replicating how it would have looked a hundred or so years ago. Old-fashioned would most definitely not be the adjective that first comes to mind!


The piece de la resistance was the jaw-dropping rooftop which was flanked by columns of chimneys that seemed to take on the appearance of futuristic medieval knights. The view of the city was spectacular and I was also able to glimpse the Sagrada Familia cathedral in the distance.


 Descending the stairs from the rooftop, I happen to stumble across the gift-shop. What a pleasant surprise! Not only did I get to tour a spectacular edifice, I also got to indulge in some retail therapy.


Exiting the building, laden with shopping bags stuffed with books on Gaudi, leather agendas, pens, pencils and souvenirs, I planned to devote the rest of the day to reading about this eccentric and brilliant architect. 


Come discover Gaudi with me....come travel with me....

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