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Visiting an Art Nouveau apartment

600_7187-s_wThe period from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century is called Art Nouveau. It featured by very distinct kind of ornamenting. Design was very bloomy and used many floral elements. In most European countries it came to an end with the beginning of World War I in 1914.

In this context Antonio Gaudi was a child of his time, but he was very different and on his own with his style.

Also, in his style of designing houses. Each room has at least one window. The windows of the owners rooms, like dining room, living room or office are to the street, while the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room have their windows to one of the three atriums. Even the sleeping rooms for the servants got a windows – extremely rare for that time.

Beside the door you can find a phone, connected to the door in the street, to speak with a visitor without opening the door and – most surprisingly – open the door remotely.

Also, have a close look inside the bathroom and the equipment you can see: a bathtub, a water toilet and a bidet. On the other hand pay attention to the equipment of the laundry room.

Don’t forget, the house was built from 1906 – 1910.

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below the enchanted roof of Casa Milà

600_7148-e_wMy last post focused on the fantastic decorations at Casa Milà, the famous apartment building created by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona. While my last post showed the rooftop and one of the entrances I take you now on layer down: under the roof.

An elevator brings you from the tourist (visitors) entrance to the roof top, the attic and the floor containing the untenanted apartment. But, you can also take the stairs down from the roof top and follow the path back to the street.

When entering the attic you’re faced with a model of the complete house. Here you can get an overview and an ideo, how all the parts fit together. Following the round track, you’ll get back to the stairs bringing you down to the apartment.

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The enchanted roof of Casa Milà

600_7056-e_wCasa Milà is an apartment building in Barcelona, located a the Passeig de Gràcia. It was built between the years 1906 and 1910 by Antonio Gaudi, the famous Catalonian architect. Do you remember, I already introduced him and I’ll focus on him in a future post a bit more and detailed.

He decorated the house with his unique decorating style, inspired by natural shaped and textures. He got his inspiration from plants, flowers, fruits, animals and many other shapes he found in the nature. There are a few more posts in the queue focussing on Antonio Gaudi’s work.

Not only the roof is following the round (not straight) shapes, also the building itself is in a round shape and the two atriums are oval. Even the apartments have round walls. One of the apartments is open for visitors. Here you can get an idea what kind of luxury wealthy people have had in Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century.

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art in the streets

600_7797-s_wI’m always surprised, when I visit cities in foreign countries. Life can be much different in other countries. Streets look different, and I don’t mean signs in foreign languages or unknown brands. Each country even each region has its own history. So, architecture differs, shop styles differ and many other things, too.

While my last post on Barcelona showed some of the streets, I put some street art in my today’s gallery.

I hope you like it.

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I’m back …

600_7419-e_wHola amigas y amigos,

although my series on Cuba isn’t finished yet, I propose another series on a spanish speaking location: Barcelona the capital  of the region Catalonia in Spain. Literally Catalonia has ist own language: catalan. Catalan is also based on Latin, like Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French, but differs a lot from Spanish. All signs are in three languages: Catalan, English and Spanish. So, you might find you way. 

Catalonia is the home region of some famous artists: the opera singer Montserrat Caballé and the painters Salvatore Dalí and Joan Miró. 

During the last days I was in Barcelona with some friends walking in the spurs of Antonio Gaudí, the famous catalan architect. He lived from 1852 – 1926. He developed a unique style in architecture and created many wonderful and interesting buildings. I’ll write some posts on Barcelona later. But, to give you an idea of his unique style, I attached a photo showing the basilica La Sagrada Familia (the holy family), his still unfinished masterpiece. 

You can click on the photo, to see it in a bigger size. I’ll focus on some of the details (not only on this church) in further posts.

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