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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


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Barcelona's Parc Güell, perched north of the city, is visionary architect Antoni Gaudi's homage to the idea of an English garden. I spent a day here during my first trip to Europe in 1998, a two month backpacker's jaunt across eight countries. My friends and I stopped at the Boqueria Market that day and purchased bottled sangria, cheeses and bread and spent the day sunning on the grass of Güell just above the spot featured in the photograph above.  Just a day after that idyllic afternoon, I had another epic Barcelona experience when FC Barcelona or Barca won the UEFA Super Cup and I saw the town go bananas as soccer fans rioted along Las Ramblas. 

I returned eleven years later and the memories were still vivid. The Parc was a quick stop on a private bus charter for the corporate event I was attached to for the week. I made a number of pictures here but this one worked as the people came to an arrangement in the space that complimented the geometry. 

More info on Parc Güell can be found online here.

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