I have been deep in wanderlust recently, which led me to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to one of my very first solo trips to Madrid then Barcelona. I also realized I never posted these photos and wanted to share them with you.
I have been playing with the idea of returning to Barcelona and if I do, I would definitely return to Park Güell where these photos were photographed. The park was designed by Antoni Gaudi and whether or not you are familiar with his work, you will definitely get to appreciate the unique design of this outdoor space.
How long: You need a minimum of 60minutes to really explore and enjoy the park. To be honest, I spent most of my time in the monumental zone which house’s Gaüdi’s signature mosaic art and monuments in whimsical shapes and colors.
How much: General entry to the park is free but entry tickets into the restricted area (monumental zone) starts at £10. You can purchase tickets and read more about entry here. Each ticket is timed and has a deadline for entry. You have 30mins before the time on your ticket to enter the restricted zone, and can explore for as long as you want. However, once the deadline for entry expires, you cannot gain re-entry if you leave or don’t show up on time.
Where to Photograph: Restricted zone has most of the monuments and photo-ops. The mosaic steps and majestic pillars at the top of the steps are beautiful backdrops for a grand photo. Climb all the way to the top of the steps and set your gaze on the beautiful gingerbread houses straight out of a fairy tale book. Look out for the columns and archways that look like tree trunks. The long winding bench adorned with tiles and mosaics delightful to see. Everything about the park is whimsical and playful.
Naturally, I used the opportunity to do a photoshoot. I loved wearing this yellow pleated maxi-dress, which is still in style two years later and would be the perfect look for most summer vacations.
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