Everybody talks about how wonderful Parc Guell is in Barcelona, Spain… And it is. It’s a very unique place to visit. Buuuuuut. Nobody ever talks about how much of a booty workout it is to get there when traveling by foot via public transportation which is what I thought might be nice to address in today’s post. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I was just ill prepared to actually walk up the steep incline and thought it might be nice to give anyone thinking of visiting Parc Guell by foot a little heads up.
^^ Crazy views of Barcelona from atop.
So I know the photo above photo projects the image of us as happy tourists in Parc Guell. And we were happy. But can I be honest with you and admit that we weren’t as blown away with Parc Guell as we expected to be. When we eventually left the park and found a restaurant to sit and grub at, we reflected on the day and came to the realization that we had both left the park feeling unfulfilled, wanting more. I know we didn’t get to see the monumental zone which may have been a part of the problem but the parts we did see didn’t inspire me in the way I expected to be inspired when I usually look at art and/or take in architecture.
It’s funny because in one of my arts management classes, we’ve been discussing all the different elements that play a factor in influencing how a person experiences art. One of those key factors is history and education… The past interactions you’ve had with art will influence how you respond to different kinds of art in the future and having some kind of context or story about what you are about to see before you see it also influences whether or not you have a pure experience. Thinking back on this discussion in class, I was reminded of our day in Parc Guell. I realized that because I hadn’t done my research on Gaudi beforehand and didn’t know about the cultural revolution of modernism that was taking place in Barcelona during early 1900’s (I only learned about it, like forreal forreal, when I googled information on Parc Guell for today’s post), I had no context to pull from to understand what I was looking at while we were there. <– If you skipped over this big bulk of a paragraph, I don’t blame you haha.
Charles and I went to Parc Guell simply because someone had recommended that we go see it. What we were missing was the story behind how it came to be. Because it’s usually the story behind a destination that makes us want to go visit in the first place. Lesson learned. Next time we visit Parc Guell, we’ll be alot more prepared to appreciate it for what it is and next time, I’ll also dress more practically.
Have you ever been to Parc Guell? What were your impressions?