... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.


Palm trees, good food, good people. Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, and it is here where I fell in love with the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí. It is said that he was either a madman or a genius. I had the good fortune of having the time to visit two of his works: LaPedrera and the Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona is also one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.

La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, it’s named after its owners, is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last civil work designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, and was built from 1906 to 1912. Controversial because of its undulating stone facade, the building is actually a constant curve with twisting wrought iron balconies and windows. Crushed champagne bottles cover a roof top chimney. At one point, Gaudí encountered a point of friction with Mrs. Milà, one of the owners of the residence when she complained that “there was no straight wall to place your Steinway piano,” to which Gaudí bluntly replied,”So play the violin.” Love that!

Another Gaudí monument, his dream and still under construction is the breathtaking Sagrada Familia. This Catholic church is the symbol of Barcelona. What I found to be so extremely outstanding and interesting were the contrasting stones and colors differing between the front and back of the building facades. The front depicts the Nativity of Christ and there is life and colorful flowers and animals and numerous biblical stories are intricately told in stone. The rear side of the building in stark block form tells the story of Christ’s crucifixion. Towering stones look like bones, the faces on the sparse statues are sad, lost in wonder and contemplation.

The colorful glass panes of brilliant reds, yellows and oranges and greens allow sunlight to penetrate inside the church the morning, while the sunset tints the darker hued glass windows near the crucifixion.

The church is huge in its dimensions, so it is often called the “cathedral” although it is without a bishop’s headquarters.

This is truly an amazing structure – in fact, all of the Gaudís structures are mind-blowing and I encourage anyone taking a trip to wonderful Barcelona not to miss any of them.