On top with Gaudi

The rooftop at La Pedrera

The rooftop at La Pedrera

For most of the time I was in Barcelona I was on top of the world!  Gaudi’s architecture far surpassed my expectations.  Could anything top this?  A world of pure fantasy.

Patterned or 'plain'

Patterned or ‘plain’

Everywhere you looked, someone was pointing a camera!

Everywhere you looked, someone was pointing a camera!

And who could blame them?

And who could blame them?

At Casa Batllo I felt I was drifting off into that sky

At Casa Batllo, I felt I was drifting off into that sky

Lost among the chimney pots

Lost among the chimney pots

One man's vision, more than enough for me

One man’s vision, more than enough for me

From the second I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge, my head was full of Gaudi and the time I spent in Barcelona.  I reached some wonderful heights, culminating in the breathtaking Sagrada Familia. If you ever have the chance, do go.

Thanks for the memories!  On top was this week’s theme.  Don’t forget to visit.




  1. 111 likes …. wonderful – stunning post and the photos perfect for the challenge, didn’t do a entry this week. Your photos here is magical … it’s like Barcelona roof tops are painted in gold.
    The last image is my favorite. Stunning entry,Jo!

    1. That last hug just became a big warm hug 🙂 Thank you so much, Vivi. It’s a popular subject. Who doesn’t love Barcelona? I only do the Weekly Photo challenge when it really grabs me because there’s such a big response and I can’t maintain the revisits 🙂

      1. I have started to do the same …. because if the subject don’t talk to me as such … I can’t put my heart into it.
        Barcelona – yes, easy subject when it’s filled with love.
        Magical gallery. Your little camera does a brilliant job, but it’s because it loves what you put it against and it likes your eyes for details.

  2. I was on top of the world when I was 21; it’s probably time to go back there again 🙂 Beautiful, crisp photos – I love the one taken from Casa Batllo 🙂

    1. Hard to balance the umbrella and the camera 🙂 And it was a blue, blue day, totally unlike Glasgow. But I did feel an affinity between the two cities somehow. The roller coaster hills and sweeping views maybe.

    1. I waited a lot of years to make the trip, Dale, and I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. Gaudi was amazing but I fell in love the whole movement. Some fabulous sights if you click on Barcelona in my side bar. Hope you had a good Easter. 🙂

  3. Such beautiful architecture Jo and beautiful angles! The first photo of the rooftops made me think of meringue cookies as it looks so smooth and shiny – just like something you can eat and don’t ask me why I thought of that. This mind is sometimes a bit over the top. 😆
    Gorgeous selection for the challenge. I don’t think anything can top these. 😀 ♥ Big Hugs ♥

  4. Fabulous! Barcelona is a place that I know I’ll visit! 100% sure about it. There’s always a lot of places that you see in blogs and you’re thinking that it’d be interesting to see them, but Barcelona is a city that I just know that I’ll have to see.

  5. It is my intention to see the Gaudi work here, and I will. But I have never seen photos of this work and really appreciate your introduction. It is indeed remarkable, and your photos do it great justice. Many thanks.

    1. Gaudi is special, Jet. The Sagrada Familia you either love or hate. The Sagrada link at the bottom takes you to another of my numerous Barcelona posts. Thank you! Happy hols! 🙂

  6. Our trip to Spain didn’t include Barcelona. Your amazing photos. Make me think a return trip will have to happen Jo. Hope you are having a lovely day with the family.

    1. Everyone’s fed (for now) and the boys are watching football, Sue, so I’m working on tomorrow’s walk 🙂 Barcelona is a one-off! So much to see…. even apart from Gaudi. Happy hols to you!

      1. You are a posting machine Jo! Awesome. Sorry no walk tomorrow but I definitely will participate from time to time. Can I cheat and be running or cycling? 🙂

      2. I don’t see why not, so long as I don’t have to keep up with you, Sue 🙂 I’ll be missing for a while at the end of this month so I’m getting it all out of my system.

      3. You could walk as fast as I run Jo. Also do you feel strongly about the title of posts when linked to you or is a link within the narrative about you all right? Do I ask enough questions?
        Hope you will be missing doing fun things Jo. All the best.

      4. I’m more than happy with a link within the narrative, or even just in my comments, Sue. I seem to have created total confusion with my Monday walks. Keep em guessing??? I’l be in Poland for a wedding.

    1. I totally made the most of my time because I don’t expect to go back, Bebs. I have a few more places on my list that are still hopefuls. Hope Easter’s treating you well. 🙂

    1. It’s an amazing place, Ann! I really loved it. The link post to Sagrada Familia has some lovely shots too. I lost count of how many Barcelona posts I did! Hope you had a nice Easter 🙂

  7. I haven’t been to Barcelona and one of the great things about blogging is seeing unusual perspectives on places that are well known. You’ve captured images with a different eye!

    1. Thanks, Gilly 🙂 It’s nice to know that it’s possible to do that with somewhere as well captured as Barcelona. It is a beautiful city. Hope you’re having a nice Easter!

  8. Thanks Jo, I haven’t been in a while and it’s great to see your photos. I adore the rooftop at La Pedrera. And despite visiting Barcelona many times I still haven’t been inside Casa Batllo. This has also reminded me that I still need to post my photos of the Palau de Musica. Happy Easter

    1. The last one or that one from the funny angle up into the sky? I think there’s only one of these I’ve posted before. Only 6 months ago but it seems forever! Thanks, Christine 🙂

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