The Gift of Gaudí

Jordi Tarres

Honeymooners from Nevada get an inside look at Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló in Barcelona.

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"Our honeymoon in Barcelona will also be Josh's first trip to Europe, so I want it to be very special. Our plans are to do whatever we desire--but we'll definitely be wandering around and admiring the architecture." Noelle McMullen, Reno, Nev.

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Noelle McMullen and Josh Matthews chose to honeymoon in Barcelona because Josh had never been to Europe and Noelle had always wanted to return to see more buildings by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. "I could've taken 800 pictures and spent the whole day at Sagrada Família cathedral and still not have gotten enough of it," she says. Malú Piedrabuena, the director of Casa Batlló, a residence considered to be one of the finest examples of Gaudí's mature style, agreed to give the newlyweds an exclusive tour. Noelle and Josh walked up off-limits staircases and opened windows so large that they have their own pulley system--and when Josh leaned out and waved, passersby stopped and pointed. "Other visitors asked if they could do what we were doing, and Malú said no! It felt awesome," Noelle confesses. The tour ended with a snack of cava and Spanish ham--during which Malú sneaked down to the gift shop to surprise the couple with a model of a Gaudí chair that Noelle had admired. "I have it on my nightstand, so every time I turn off the light, I see it and think, Good night, Gaudí!"

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Casa Batlló, a private home that architect Antoni Gaudí transformed in 1904-1906. The building is now open to the public for audio-guide tours (011-34/93-216-03-66,, $24).


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