Rick Steves Spain 2019 [Rick Steves] on . Nearly a century after his death, people continue to toil to bring Gaudí's designs to life. ... On this episode, we'll get caught up in the festivity of Barcelona, enjoying the vibrant street scenes, ... RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Barcelona And Catalunya Then, in the 1850s, the monks returned as part of Catalunya's (and Europe's) renewed Romantic appreciation of things religious, medieval, and nationalistic. While souvenir shops and crowds of tourists have diluted its former elegance, it still offers an entertaining introduction to the city. At art-school he captured the human anatomy brilliantly. Gaudí's most famous work is his unfinished Church of the Holy Family, or Sagrada Família. Conveniently, all of this new construction provided a generation of Modernista architects with a blank canvas for creating boldly experimental designs. Notice his sister's exquisitely painted veil. Fanciful viaducts compliment the natural landscape. By seeing his youthful, realistic art, it's easier to appreciate his artistic genius and his later, abstract art. Casa Milà is open to the public. To the end, Picasso continued exploring and loving life through his art. These canvases, painted when the artist was in his 80s, show the joys of the sun-splashed French Riviera. A handful of Benedictine monks carry on the monastery's spiritual tradition. In his early 20s Picasso went to turn-of-the-century Paris — a city filled with light and life and love. There's no logical order for a visit (that would be un-Surrealistic), and the museum can be mobbed at times. A téléphérique zooms visitors up to the dramatically situated monastery of Montserrat. His Casa Milà is Barcelona's quintessential building from this era. It leads to a popular mall of shops and eateries. Many visitors find this to be Spain's most cosmopolitan and vibrant corner. As lines can be long (up to a 1.5-hour wait to get in), it's best to reserve ahead online. The nun represents charity and religion. Architect Antoni Gaudí's most famous and awe-inspiring work is this unfinished, super-sized church. Even as a 14-year-old, his portraits of grizzled peasants show impressive technique and psychological insight. Barcelona is Spain's capital of the proud and distinct region of Catalunya. By the way, if you're tempted to snap photos from the middle of the street, be careful — Gaudí died after being struck by a streetcar. Stepping into this monumental construction zone, visitors see the slow-and-steady progress…and what their steep admission fee is funding. Barcelona and Catalunya Home / Series / Rick Steves' Europe / DVD Order / Season 4 / Episode 1 Barcelona and Catalunya The creative spirit of Spain's Catalunya — the land of Picasso, Gaudi, and Salvador Dali — is on a roll. Many visitors find this to be Spain's most vibrant and cosmopolitan corner. And as an old man, he declared he had learned to paint like a child. The northeast corner is Catalunya. An audience of golden statues looks down on the museum. As a child, he was taught to paint as an adult. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. By this point Picasso has developed a distinct style of his own — painting not what he sees but what he feels. She was to conventional morality what he was to conventional art. Gaudí fans enjoy the artist's magic in this colorful park, located on the outskirts of town. —Rick In much of Spain, you’ll find four languages on ATM screens — and all of them are from within Spain: Spanish for the majority of the population, Galician for the Celtic people of northwest Spain, Euskara for the Basques in the far north, and Catalan for the people of Catalunya in the northeast, which includes Barcelona. He was buried right here in the floor of this room in 1989, and the museum serves as a mausoleum to the artist's creative spirit. ... 5 episodes. Dalí's drawers are wide open and empty, indicating he gave everything to his art. Use the HTML below. With Franco's fascism now long gone, Catalan's creative and independent spirit is on a roll. Here at the Pinotxo Bar, even while he and his family are busy feeding shoppers, flamboyant Juan is happy to flash his trademark smile. Then we'll take a scenic side trip to mountaintop Montserrat, and finish with an artist’s pilgrimage along the Costa Brava to Salvador Dalí country. While a religious subject, it's more an excuse to paint his family. Bon día, I'm Rick Steves back with more of the Best of Europe. Yet they all contribute, pushing steadily toward completion. Episode Info Spain's Catalonia region is toured. The Ramblas bird market is a hit with kids. Many visitors find ... View production, box office, & company info. Sure, everyone speaks Spanish, but these kids speak Catalan first. Like Dalí's art, his home defies convention. Street musicians take advantage of the stony acoustics. Barcelona is Spain's capital of the proud and distinct region of Catalunya. His life changed forever in 1929, when he met an older, Russian woman named Gala. In this one-hour special, Rick sails from Barcelona to Athens, with stops in the French Riviera, Rome, and more. It cranked up and down to allow the artist to paint while seated, as he did eight hours a day. Geologists blame nature at work. The best-known of the Surrealists, Dalí created photorealistic images set in bizarre dreamscapes. His surrealistic imagery continues to disturb and intrigue to this day. Included: Barcelona and its pedestrian-friendly Gothic Quarter; Montserrat; and Salvador Dali's home in Cadaques and mausoleum in nearby Figueres. With Franco's fascism now long gone, Catalan's creative and independent spirit is on a roll. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Modernisme is the Catalan version of Art Nouveau, which flourished across Europe in the late 19th century. From $9.99 to buy season. Despair, a touching portrait of a mother and child, captures the period well. Dalí enjoyed his most creative years nearby in the fishing village of Cadaqués, which has long been a haven for intellectuals and artists alike. Gaudí knew he'd never see it finished, as do the architects working on it today. The big stones at the base were laid in the fourth century. Gaudí was a devout Catholic. We'll learn how to make the most of the cruise experience, from enjoying time on the ship to exercising independence on shore — savoring iconic sights and romantic island getaways. We'll explore its leading city, Barcelona, before side-tripping to Montserrat, Figueres, and Cadaqués. The man-made beaches — a series of crescents that stretch for miles — are a huge hit. Pilgrims circulate down a long and ornate passage leading alongside the church for their few moments alone with the virgin. Catalunya has often been at odds with the central Spanish government in Madrid. A variety of street entertainers vie creatively for your attention…and your coins. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. While you won't find Picasso's famous, later Cubist works here, you will enjoy a representative sweep of his early years, from the careful crafting of art-school pieces to the gloomy hues of his Blue Period. He produced lots of blue paintings…which matched his mood. It's ironic that Barcelona would honor the man whose discoveries opened up new trade routes that actually shifted the focus of European trade away from here on the Mediterranean and out to the Atlantic…and in doing so, actually contributed to the downfall of this city as a great trading power. Adéu. Rick Steves' Europe | Episode | Cruising the Mediterranean. It’s a world of tangled lanes, boutiques, the majestic cathedral, a Roman temple, and — everywhere — reminders of the proud Catalunyan spirit. Credit: Rick Steves. The monastery was destroyed by Napoleon. The pieces in this excellent museum capture that priceless moment just before this bold young thinker changed the world. Episode. For a more playful dose of Gaudí's architectural genius, we're heading out to his colorful Park Güell. Rick Steves shares a two-minute update on a masterpiece-in-progress: Barcelona’s Sagrada Família church. And it's just one more example of the quirky and creative spirit of Catalunya — a spirit that gives Barcelona and this corner of Spain a distinct charm. For today's tourists, mellow Cadaqués offers a peaceful beach-town escape near Barcelona. Paperback Two bold towers date back to the Roman era. Walk the Camino de Santiago, run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: with Rick Steves … Here at the "Hall of 100 Columns" — the intended produce market — you'd enjoy the fanciful columns and decor while you did a little shopping. An hour inland from Barcelona takes us to a mountain stronghold which many consider the heart of Catalunya. Title: And at the heart of the Modernista movement was the Eixample, a carefully planned "new town," just beyond the Old City, with wide sidewalks, hardy shade trees, and a rigid grid plan cropped at the corners to create space and lightness at each intersection. Watch Travels in Europe with Rick Steves - Season 4, Episode 12 - Barcelona and Segovia: Barcelona is a Catalonian cornucopia, as Rick spots the art of Gaudi and Picasso. …Salvador Dalí and coffee con leche, Barcelona! Here, it's little plates of delicious sardines and glasses of rustic wine straight from the keg — really cheap yet rich with memories. She became his wife, muse, model, manager, and emotional compass. Until next time, keep on travelin'. Above Dalí's personal 1941 Cadillac hangs the boat enjoyed by Dalí and his soulmate, Gala. The key here: variety. Inside Rick Steves Barcelona you'll find:Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring BarcelonaRick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favoritesTop sights and hidden gems, from Gaudi's mind-bending Sagrada Familia and the colorful Picasso museum to cozy bars with vermouth on tapHow to connect with local … As a high-end housing development, the project flopped. A generation ago, Barcelona's waterfront was an industrial wasteland. Since 1025, the slogan "ora et labora" ("prayer and work") pretty much sums up life for a monk up here. The market was originally located just outside the walled city's entrance, as many medieval markets were (since it was more expensive to trade within the walls). Not only do we try to watch Rick Steves on TV but use the guidebooks for wherever we travel in Europe. Rick Steves' Europe | Barcelona and Catalunya | Season 5 | Episode 3 | KQED Skip to Main Content Dalí loved her attitude. Barcelona - Audio Europe: Spain by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2013-10-01T21:18:35Z With the help of two expert guides to Spain, Rick explores trendy Barcelona, where the works of modern artists such as Picasso, Gaudí, and Dalí are a highlight of any visit. It later expanded into the colonnaded courtyard of a now-gone monastery before being covered with a colorful arcade in 1850. The ambience, both inside and out, is perfect for a Surrealist hanging out with his creative playmate. Since Pablo Picasso spent his formative teenage years here in Barcelona, this is the best collection of his early art anywhere. The vision of the Eixample was to have everything equally accessible to everyone. Casa Dalí shows how a home can reflect the creative spirit of an artistic genius and his muse. Traditionally, children bring their parents here to buy pets. A new town — called the Eixample (or "expansion") — was planned to follow a grid-like layout. He said, "Nothing is invented; for it's written in nature first." When it's time to pay, simply count your toothpicks. Montserrat means "serrated mountain" — and you see why as you approach. His years as America's most popular European guidebook author blends with his relaxed but informative style to… Both options are similar in cost and take about the same amount of time (hourly trains, 1.5 hours each way from downtown Barcelona to the monastery). No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. We're not novices, so will be careful. Show Rick Steves Spain & Portugal Audio Tours, Ep Barcelona City Walk - Mar 1, 2017 Stroll the Ramblas boulevard and into the historic Barri Gòtic neighborhood. Northern Spain and the Camino de Santiago, ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Spain’s Catalunya: Barcelona, Montserrat and an artist's pilgrimage along the Costa Brava. As you wander, imagine that the community succeeded, and you were one of its lucky residents. Apartment-dwellers find birds, fish, and bunnies easier to handle than dogs and cats. he replied, "I am the drug…take me." His self-portraits show the self-awareness of a blossoming intellect…a kid who, I imagine, was a handfull in junior high school. All his life, Picasso said, "Paintings are like windows open to the world." The town of Figueres has the Salvador Dalí Museum — the essential Dalí sight. Terms of Service | Privacy, Barcelona, Spain: A Trip Down the Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain: Architectural Modernisma Showcase, Barcelona, Spain: Beaches and Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain: Center of Catalan Pride. While today the grand stairway and its welcoming lizard are overwhelmed by fun-seekers, Gaudí intended this 30-acre garden to be a 60-residence housing project — a kind of gated community. For a radically different slice of Catalunya, we're heading north up the Costa Brava. While adhering to height and width limitations, they built as they pleased — often in the trendy style of the day: Modernisme. Each comes with lively cafés and bars and all are laced together by inviting promenades — much appreciated by strollers, joggers, and bikers. With Franco's fascism now long gone, Catalan's creative and independent spirit is on a roll. All this before venturing to the sky-high monastery of Montserrat, and finishing on the Costa Brava with the always provocative Salvador Dalí. After watching his show on Barcelona I got the impression that his coverage of the city was pretty superficial when compared to other places that he has covered. It's the top collection of Picassos here in his native country and the best anywhere of his early years. Back on the Ramblas, the carnival of Barcelona life continues. He painted Impressionist landscapes like Monet, posters like Toulouse-Lautrec, still-lifes like Cézanne, and garishly colored Fauvist works like Henri Matisse. In this one-hour special, Rick Steves sails from Barcelona to Athens, with stops in the French Riviera, Rome, and more. Ever the entertainer and promoter, Dalí personally designed, decorated, and painted it to showcase his life's work. With impetus provided by the 1992 Olympics, it's been completely transformed. With its unique rock formations, a dramatic mountaintop monastery (also called Montserrat), and spiritual connection with the Catalan people and their struggles, it's a popular day trip. 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