Recently, I was invited to go and stay in France with some friends of mine; a chance to grab a quick break from everything and have some time out. A much needed break, I hasten to add. I’ve been to France many times before, but never the south coast, and certainly not into Barcelona. My friends live practically on the border, and it’s GORGEOUS where they are. So I landed in Barcelona on the Friday morning, and we spent the day there.
Now, it’s rare for me to be overwhelmed when it comes to photography; I’m usually keen to capture the moment. And I caught a fair few! But then we arrived at Sagrada Família, and my mind damn near imploded. There are no photos ANYWHERE which can prepare you for this place. My photos of this place suck, I’m not even gonna lie. Because quite simply, I put my camera down and took in everything without the filter of a dSLR on my face. I won’t bore you with the history of the place (though you REALLY should go read up on it – anything that takes 144 years to build is worth looking up), but definitely watch this video to get a vague idea of the outside. There is absolutely NOTHING that can prepare you for the magnitude and beauty of that place, and you can bet your butt I will be going back next year, asap.
You know what? Enough of my yabbering. I didn’t take nearly as many photos as expected, because for once it was nice to just enjoy what I was seeing, first hand. However, I hope you enjoy this tiny glimpse of Barcelona through my eyes.
Céret and Collioure coming soon!