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Travel - Barcelona

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BARCELONA Ideas flow freely in the Catalan capital, thanks to its legacy of great thinkers and a ‘fail faster’ state-of-mind, reports Rose Dykins.

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arcelona’s architecture oozes with individuality. The stately buildings running alongside its wide, grid-like streets and avenues of dappled plane trees are punctuated with fantastical neo-gothic structures, each one with a legion of hooknosed gargoyles peering down at me. Rambling through Parc de la Ciutadella, I

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spy chartreuse canaries flitting between the Mediterranean flora, their colour popping against an uncharacteristically pale sky (everyone I meet jokes that I’ve brought the British weather with me). The waterfall monument, crowned with a golden statue of Aurora in a horse-drawn chariot, and flowing with vivid blue water, holds my attention for

some time. This is easily trumped, however, by the eye-popping Sagrada Familia, designed by Catalan Modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. It’s still surrounded by cranes, despite its construction beginning in 1882. By the time the surreal, swirling Catholic church is finally completed in 2026 – the centenary of Gaudi’s death – it will have taken longer to build than

PLATINUM BUSINESS MAGAZINE - ISSUE 29 - SUSSEX EDITION  

The widest-read business publication in the South East. Covering International Trade, Legal Issues, Accountancy, Wealth Management, Business...

PLATINUM BUSINESS MAGAZINE - ISSUE 29 - SUSSEX EDITION  

The widest-read business publication in the South East. Covering International Trade, Legal Issues, Accountancy, Wealth Management, Business...