Our Barcelona adventure and other travel stories

Catalan Modernism – a romantic art movement

Modernism – or in Catalan Modernisme – is an art and literature movement that was primarily connected to Catalonia and Barcelona in the period from approximately 1880-1915. In the context of the rapid development and urban changes during the industrial revolution the Catalan elite – politicians, bourgeoisie and rich entrepreneurial families – intensified their efforts to create an own national identity. At the same time Barcelona underwent a massive city extension – with its master

Gaudí´s Casa Batlló – a modernista gem

One of Gaudí´s master pieces is certainly Casa Batlló – a residential building at the magnificent boulevard, Passeig de Gràcia, in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Bought in 1900 by industrialist, Josep Batlló, Gaudí was contracted to refurbish the building in 1904. Batlló wanted a building that reflected his wealth and social status at that time. Gaudí convinced him to refurbish the building instead of demolishing it and constructing a new one. Gaudí chose a

World Trip: 6. Buenos Aires – 2nd week

Our Spanish class started on Monday. Michael joined a beginners class, Christian an advanced beginners class. Both classes only comprise two students so it is very intense. The school „Vamos Spanish!“ is just one block away and it takes us only 2 minutes to walk there – very convenient.     We also found a gym close by called Megatlon – it is within the shopping center Alto Palermo just 5 minutes walking distance to

World Trip: 5. The first days in Buenos Aires

On Monday, February 8th we arrived finally to Buenos Aires – the place we chose to spend about 2 months in order to learn Spanish. A driver brought us directly to our apartment in Palermo which was luckily as described on the internet and according to the photos we saw. We immideately liked the neighbourhood – a nice street with a pedestrian area and lots of cafes and restaurants. First task was to go to

Secret Tip 2: Gaudí – Torre de Bellesguard

Wow, we found another astonishing building of Gaudí – off the beaten path in Barcelona´s neighbourhood of Sant Gervasi. Between 1900-1909 the famous Catalan architect was commissioned to build this manor house “Beautiful View”. He was inspired by the medieval castle, Casa Figueras, from the early 15th century that belonged to Martin, King of Aragon (Count of Barcelona).      Would you like to discover more of Gaudí? Check out the private tour of The Barcelona

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