14 Jan Barcelona: Park Güell (I)
The Bugadera’s (Washerwoman) corridor is lined with ocean waves like stone columns – the scene was quiet but dramatic in person and pictures. We entered the Park from the North side and would bring us right to the covered walkway.
Music in the Air
Fresh crisp air, birds chirping and warm sunlight…..I did not regret that I got up early enough to get pass the crowds to enjoy the quiet time in this beautiful place. The stone columns and walkways were spread around the park and if you walk further uphill (outside the monumental zone), you would get to the other pathways lined with stone columns. You would hear beautiful live music from far as the covered corridor amplified the sounds and lifted up the ambience. Deeply inspired by nature, the palm trees look-alike stone columns blended with the organic surroundings that wouldn’t make you feel they were made to stand out but represent a true respect of nature.
Luciano the violinist played beautiful music (listen here) and we were glad to bring his CD back home. Strolling from one corridor to another, you would see different live performances and music to our ears was remarkable.
On the way down you would see Gaudi’s house (now it’s a museum) where he inhabited with his niece for 20 years. Park Güell was supposed to be a luxurious residential development for wealthy aristocrats and named after the investor Eusebi Güell. The project was deemed unsuccessful as the city’s infrastructure was not able to connect city center to this remote area conveniently despite of its gorgeous view overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
We took subway to Lessep and walked uphill (along with escalators) for about 15 mins to get to the North entrance. Ticket office is available at the South entrance. I would suggest you purchase the tickets online on the same day you are going to avoid time restriction and long lines in the ticket office. Tickets are sold in designated time slots, you have to arrive within the assigned time, not sooner or later.
Thank you for reading Part 1 of the photo essay, next I’ll bring you to the mosaic wonderland in Park Güell.