After leaving the Sagrada Familia, we headed to the Casa Mila, also designed and built by Gaudi.
We were warned again that the line was really long to get inside, yet we walked right in.
There was a nice view of the city from the roof.
Overall, it was a very interesting house, unlike many I've seen.
Once again, we just walked in. We were having really great luck with our timing!
We couldn't take pictures in the Picasso Museum, but it was really, really interesting.
All I'd ever seen of Picasso's work was his cubism and abstract paintings, but the museum included his impressionist and renaissance style paintings that were really amazing. It made me appreciate his work as an artist way more than I did before. Also, looking at all the paintings while standing so close to them really made me appreciate cubism.
I'm not sure if it was Picasso that said it or another person, but they described his work something like this: As a child, Picasso painted like an adult, but as he got older, his paintings got more and more childlike. That definitely seemed to be happening.
Anna fell asleep at the table, which would soon become a common occurrence on the trip.
Refer to this video for the specific quote and inflection we used.
There were a lot of pickpockets, but as an experienced traveler, I spotted them immediately. They worked in pairs, would throw some sort of distraction in the air and, while the tourist was looking up at it, another guy would come and pickpocket you.
I wasn't worried because I spotted them from a mile away. At one point, I (very) briefly looked up and someone was already approaching me, but I looked at him and he stood near us awkwardly then moved away. Again, I wasn't worried since I was always REALLY aware of my purse, so at no time during the trip was I worried about pick-pocketing.
However, during the planning of the trip I was really worried about pickpockets. Typical.
This is Catalunya Square right before Las Ramblas.
To the left are some broccoli headed lions.
That or increase fertility.
I cannot remember, so you can pick one and pretend that you know it as a fact.
Aka I saw a pick pocket but didn't get pick-pocketed.
Next Blog: Barcelona and Montserrat, or the day Allison and Anna were late. And no Allison, I will never let you live that down.
I'll just leave you this picture...because it's amazing.