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Barcelona Apartment

Barcelona Apartment

This a bit (didn’t bring the wide angle lens!) of our fantastic digs in Barcelona — modern, quiet, cool — a great place to relax after a long day of touring.

Grates

Grates

The decorative, organic grates on the outside of Gaudí’s amazing apartments.

Door Handles

Door Handles

These are BRILLIANT. Gaudí was preoccupied with overseeing every element of his buildings — here, we see his door handles. They were cast from molds made by plunging one’s hand into wet clay. See how closely they mimic the form of the human hand?

The real kicker is how they work — their design belies their function. Clearly, when you grasp the handle on the left, your hand assumes a pulling motion, whereas when you reposition your hand for the handle on the right, your hand assumes a pushing motion. No “pull” or “push” signs necessary. Perfect.

Disguised Ducts

Disguised Ducts

These are a few of the sculptural elements Gaudí came up with to disguise and shelter the rooftop utilities necessary in a building like these apartments. Stunning in their functionality, durability, and uniqueness.

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The Quarry Model

The Quarry Model

Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera… see more at the great Wikipedia entry.

Old Glass

Old Glass

Interior Vaults

Interior Vaults

Cross

Cross

This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip.

Worn Angel

Worn Angel

I had one chance to do this shot — I had to diffuse the flash and guess the exposure. Turned out about as creepy as it appeared in real life; it was a tour de force in whatever limited photo skills I possess.

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Vaulted

Vaulted

Really enjoyed this architecture.

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Off Angle Cross View

Off Angle Cross View

Relief Carvings

Relief Carvings

I think these are relief carvings.

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Ornate

Ornate

Station of the Cross

Station of the Cross

Fun Colors

Fun Colors

The lighting made for some interesting colors on the ceiling.

Shield

Shield

Flowers and Arches

Flowers and Arches

Carvings

Carvings

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

This place had the trickiest lighting I have ever had to deal with in my life.

Random Couple

Random Couple

A bit tipsy, I think — he wanted me to take their picture outside the Cathedral. Funny.

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