This was the day trip to Barcelona. We met at the meeting point and addressed to Barcelona. First, we went to Montjuic, a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southwest of the city centre. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city's harbour immediately below. The top of the hill (a height of 184, 8 m) was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which (the Castle of Montjuïc) remains today. We had our first stop there and could enjoy the views and take some pictures.
Later on and after touring round Barcelona, we got to Park Güell,
a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. With urbanization in mind, Eusebi Güell assigned the design of the park to Antoni Gaudí, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
Park Güell is the reflection of Gaudí’s artistic plenitude, which belongs to his naturalist phase (first decade of the 20th century). During this period, the architect perfected his personal style through inspiration from organic shapes. He put into practice a series of new structural solutions rooted in the analysis of geometry. To that, the Catalan artist adds creative liberty and an imaginative, ornamental creation.
Güell and Gaudí conceived this park, situated within a natural park. They imagined an organized grouping of high-quality homes, decked out with all the latest technological advancements to ensure maximum comfort, finished off with an artistic touch. Unfortunately, it did not work out well as it was too far from the city centre at the moment and it turned out to be very expensive and only Gaudi and Güell could actually live there.
We were guided by two hostesses who explained Gaudi’s artistic and architectonical details on the spot and it was most attracting and interesting. Students could, on the other hand realise the mosaic technique that they had experimented in the workshop at school.
After Gaudi’s experience, we headed to “Cosmo Caixa Science Museum”. The museum features a variety of exhibitions, permanent and temporary, that showcase the environment, nature, science, and space. CosmoCaixa also has a planetarium and exhibitions devoted to interaction such as touch and play for small children. It also has a bookstore, gift shop, library, teaching centre and cafe.
We had free time to explore and experiment in the fields students felt more at their ease. It was a very interesting experience and very enriching making students aware of the importance of scientific research as a means to prevent and cure diseases.
Finally and after about an hour journey, we got to Tarragona and students were taken over by their families.