July 27: Palau Güell
Back in good ol' El Raval was my last Gaudí destination of the day: Palau Güell, on the Carrer Nou de la Rambla.
Palau Güell was built between 1885 and 1900 as an in-town mansion for Eusebi Güell, the industrialist and patron of Gaudí who was also the force behind Park Güell. Gaudí's presence is quite evident up on the roof.
Its façade, however, is a lot soberer than most of Gaudí's work, recalling more so the geometric intricacy of Puig i Cadafalch or Domènech i Montaner.
The front gates have a really spiffy near-space-filling design.
The Palau is certainly not without its expressive moments.
Welcome to the birdcage of doooooom.
Then I headed for home, first through a strange tunnel on the quasi-secret Carrer de les Penedides just across from the Palau...
...which led through a jumbly block courtyard.
Then back to the Rambla del Raval, with Tibidabo presiding.
El Gat del Raval, by Ferdinand Botero, is always intrigued, even with hangers-on to distract.
The Hotel Barceló Raval is a striking deviator from the Rambla street wall.
An ornate bank along Carrer de l'Hospital.
So many pavements!
Dappled sun and an infinity of balconies down L'Hospital.
Close to Bisbe Laguarda: these are some pretty permanent-looking hose bumps.
After dark, a constellation of hues, centered on the creamy waxing crescent moon.