Sunday, June 30: Finally, I get off the bus for the last time at Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, meaning “the quarry.” This unusual building was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Today it is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and houses a cultural center used for various activities and exhibitions. (La Pedrera)
It was a controversial design at the time with its undulating stone facade and wrought iron, organic-looking, balconies and windows, designed largely by Josep Maria Jujol, who also created some of the plaster ceilings (Wikipedia: Casa Milà) .
By the time I finish at La Pedrera, it’s about 7:30 and I’ve been on the go all day, seeing all of the major Gaudi attractions, starting with Casa Batllo in the morning, La Sagrada Familia at 1:00, Park Guell at around 3:30, and La Pedrera at 6:00. My legs are killing me and I’m exhausted. All I really want is to be “in search of a thousand cafes,” so I can find the perfect one and have a glass of wine and some dinner. I happen upon Tenorio Braseria, which entices me because of its purple seats and its great location on leafy Gracia. There is some great people-watching to be done here.
I order Risotto Mantecato with prawns, thyme and lime. Every bite is delectable. If I lived in Barcelona I would get in serious trouble at this place! Can you tell from the picture that I took a bite, and then remembered I forgot to take a picture? I tried to fill in the gap where I took the bite by moving the food around a bit. 🙂
I don’t normally have dessert with dinner, but as I want to linger here as long as possible, I order “Fine apple pie with calvados liquor and its cinnamon ice cream.” Yum. 🙂
As I take a leisurely stroll back to my hotel, I see this lovely balcony with a whole garden on it. I love it!
I am so utterly exhausted after this day, that I return to my hotel and put my feet up. I brought so many good books about Spain along on my Kindle, but I’ve hardly had any energy to read them. On this trip, at night, I look through all my photos for the day, then I get obsessed with editing them, then I start puttering on my blog, and the next thing I know, I’m sound asleep. Maybe trying to blog along the way isn’t such a great idea.
Normally I never even take a computer with me when I travel, and in the past I’ve never blogged as I’ve gone along. I’m getting further and further behind, but I must remember I’m on vacation and RELAX!! Whatever I don’t get to, I’ll do when I get home! 🙂