Falling for Gaudí in Park Güell

Park Güell

Falling for Gaudí in Park Güell

On the chilly and overcast morning of New Year’s Eve, I still had so much of Barcelona to see. But, with Park Güell just a short walk from my apartment, it was the first place I decided to head to that morning.

I arrived out of breath, not realizing the steep incline it would take for me to make those final steps, but when I turned the corner, it was worth it.

Park Güell

Still, I needed to be convinced, and I was worried that a park crowded with tourists wasn’t going to help me see the beauty behind Gaudí’s works the way that I wanted to. While the rest of the world seemed enthralled with Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, I seemed to be lost in translation.

Everyone’s advice to me when I headed to Barcelona had to do with Gaudí,
and while Casa Milà and Casa Batlló were nice, I didn’t entirely understand the fascination behind them. It wasn’t that I couldn’t appreciate the architecture, it simply wasn’t my style.

Park Güell

But, that’s the beauty behind art, there are so many different forms of it to appreciate, and while I may not love every one, I try to understand art in all forms. Gaudí was one that I knew I was going to have to work on, but I was hoping the park would be able to help me understand why he is so revered.

Gaudí

Park Güell

As soon as I stepped in the park, I began to see Gaudí differently. It was simply magical, and no matter how one tends to feel about his works, it’s easy to admire his ornate design within this realm. It’s simple yet extraordinary, and a place far from the city, yet inclusive of its character.

Wandering around, I attempted to photograph the park without the crowds of people, which wasn’t an easy task. Still, I set out to practice the photography skills I learned over the summer in Chile, and through that art form, I began to grasp the beauty behind Gaudí’s work.

Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell

It was beautiful, full of detail, color, and life. Even with swarms of people crowded around taking photos, I slowly began to fall in love. I sat for a while, staring around and taking it all in. I was finally starting to understand.

Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell

While his style is not entirely my own, I now have a better understanding for why people are so in love with Gaudí. I don’t think I will ever wait in long lines to view his work, as I would for other artists, but he has won me over with Park Güell.

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Comments (15)

  1. Erin

    While I would like to make a joke about Gaudí and the word “gaudy”, I actually love your pictures and can see how you’ve fallen!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, Erin, we are the same! I think Gaudí’s works are very gaudy, however, this park was so special. 🙂

  2. Deanna

    This may sound strange, but when I visited Park Guell, Gaudi’s work reminded me of Dr. Seuss books! Your pictures really captured the essence of the park, and I enjoyed looking at them.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, Deanna, I definitely agree with you! The colors and designs are definitely reminiscent of Dr. Seuss books!

  3. @mrsoaroundworld

    Parc Guell is lovely – and I have very nice memories from earlier visits. You could have done with a bit of sun 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      I agree with you about the sun! Well, I don’t mind going back. 😉

  4. Traveling Ted

    Park Guell sure is a cool place. Glad that it made you appreciate Gaudi better. It is amazing how Gaudi and Barcelona are so intertwined when it comes to travel. It is the first thing people talk about outside of food when they mention Barcelona.

  5. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    I’m chuckling about the Dr. Seuss reference. I totally see it the same way! Honestly, I don’t know much about Gaudi but being a fan of architecture, I’d have to check it out should I find myself in Barcelona.

  6. lola

    if you can believe it, i haven’t seen this part of Gaudi’s brilliance. boo Lola.

  7. Mary Anne

    I have the same thoughts sometimes. I wonder what the big deal is… then if I sit long enough with whatever it is I am seeing, I find a way to like it. Wether it’s the other people’s reactions that make me enjoy it, or a specific perspective or just a feeling I get when sitting there. #Silverlining

  8. the lazy travelers

    totally feel you. though the park didn’t turn me into a gaudi lover, sagrada familia did. he’s an acquired taste 🙂

  9. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I really like Park Guell and his style of architecture – you’ve taken these photos from some really nice angles.

  10. Pola (@jettingaround)

    As you know, Erin, Barcelona didn’t wow me as much as it did some other people. But the first time I warmed up to it was in Park Guell. I think it had something to do with the architecture, a little bit with the city views from the park, but also… a gypsy band that played there. That was a fun afternoon and your pictures remind me why. 🙂

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