Casa Milà or La Pedrera – Barcelona
The next thing on our list was Casa Milà’ known as La Pedrera or the stone quarry because of the way it looks. This was the last building Gaudi worked on before he devoted all his time to Sagrada Familia. Built as rental flats for Pere Milà Camps it is now the property of Caxia de Catalunya. There is an exhibition of Gaudi and his works on the upper floors but sadly we had no time to see it. Some of the flats are now privately owned. How wonderful it must be to own and live in such a magnificent building.
We walked from Sagrada Familia down Carrer Provença to the corner of Passeig de Gràcia. Before long we were looking up at this astonishing building with its undulating pale stone façade contrasting with the strange dark wrought iron balconies, almost like plants growing on the face of the rock. When it was built there was much controversy and Gaudi had many run-ins with the planning office. It really is a thing of beauty though and well worth our long walk.
Just around the corner we found a lovely little café called Farggi Tubs & Ice Cream. There were tables with umbrellas on the street and a great view of La Pedrara. We sat, grateful to be off our feet and looked at the menu. What a choice and all so mouth watering it was hard to choose. Commando said we should stick to coffee or we wouldn’t enjoy the tapas we planned to have later. What a spoil sport, but with a last regretful look at the menu I agreed. The waiters were wonderful, very friendly, they spoke perfect English and our coffee arrived very quickly. Next to us an Australian lady, hearing us speak English, asked where we came from. Like us, she only had two days in Barcelona and had taken the Tourist bus. She said it was a great way to see all the sights in a short time. I rubbed my throbbing feet and wished I’d thought of that at the beginning of the day.