Last day of the Smart Cities Expo World Congress, caught up with my colleagues from Spain who gave great advice on where to go and what to do in my 3 days 2 nights visit to Madrid. They encouraged me to get out of Madrid and take a day trip to Toledo as I will likely feel bored spending 3 days in Madrid. Glad I heed their advice. Will cover on my trip to Madrid and Toledo in my subsequent posts.
Left the Expo after attending a session and catching up with my colleagues and head to the first stop – Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya.
After the museum, I walked to The Arenas. The Arenas was built between 1889 and 1900 as the Plaça de Toros de les Arenes, the bullring of Barcelona. It was designed by the Catalan architect August Font i Carreras in a Moorish style with a monumental horseshoe shaped entrance decorated with colorful tiles. Now it is a shopping mall, filled with shops, restaurants and cinema.
From the museum, I made my way to Passeig de Gracia to try my luck at Casa Batllo as there was a super long queue at my last trip. It was my lucky day, there was barely any queue, I bought the tickets and stepped into the Gaudi’s mystical masterpiece, I nicknamed it – The Spectacle House.
The façade is sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and “skulls” balconies, rises to an uneven blue-tiled roof with a solitary tower. To me, the “skulls” balconies look more like spectacles.
The building was designed for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, as an upmarket home. Señor Batlló lived in the lower two floors with his family and the upper floors were rented out as apartments.
After visiting Casa Batllo, went for dinner and made my way back to hotel to pack my luggage and plan for my trip to Madrid..
For more information on Barcelona, check out http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/
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Note: All photos in this post are taken by me using Leica C Compact Camera & iPhone 6