Barcelona: Family Travels in Spain and Portugal

And the last stop on our family trip: Barcelona. What a fantastically crazy city to end our travels with. We didn’t do any off-the-beaten path stuff, this was a Gaudi-all-the-way trip for us. Sketching Gaudi is a joy: you go for the feel of his lines and there’s no perspective to worry about, it all kinda looks right. This is the rooftop of La Padrera. Two quick sketches.barcelona2

I love sketching markets. And La Boqueria is pretty special, not only because of the amazing energy of the place, but also because it’s where I covered my first workshop as correspondent for Urban Sketchers at the Symposium 5 years ago. (You can see some sketches from that trip here and here. )barcelona7ohotomarket.jpg

Sagrada Familia… what can I say? Worth the crazy lines. I love how the stained glass lights up the interior in ever-changing colors.barcelona3gaudimad

And the exterior, sketched from a cafe after our visit. Just like the interior of Sagrada would look strange without people, the exterior just isn’t itself without the ever-present construction cranes. barcelona5gaudimad

One last sketch from Parc Guell on a very hot day.

My travels didn’t end at this, but our family trip did. I headed back to Portugal, to Porto where I taught at the Urban Sketchers Symposium. But it was sad to say goodbye to my family: it had been so much fun to share our adventures with the kids. The mad architecture in this city (and the ice creams) had them super-excited.

If you missed my earlier posts from the trip, here are links to Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Evora, and Lisbon.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Barcelona: Family Travels in Spain and Portugal

  1. tarini says:

    ooh yes i visited la bouqeria, sagrada familia and park guell this time last year all of them were so incredible! spain is such a beautiful country which such intricate architecture and rich history, definitely a nation i want to visit again. also if you don’t mind i’m a new blogger and would be so grateful if you could check out my posts & give me some feedback! thanks x


  2. rhodadraws says:

    You have captured the essence of Gaudi! Someday the Sagrada Familia will be finished…no more cranes!

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    • oh I’ll be sad if the Sagrada is finished: you know, I don’t think it will be, the finished plan calls for super complex stuff including building an exterior area over what is now a busy road…I kinda like the cranes, they’re part of the Sagrada.


  3. miatagrrl says:

    Wonderful sketches and photos, too! I see that the colorful fruit beverages are still the visual highlight of La Boqueria!

    – Tina

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  4. jofox2108 says:

    I really like the looseness in your painting. You seem able to add a sense of light and place with just a few strokes. It’s lovely to see.

    Liked by 1 person

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