Catalonia > Barcelona
Talking about tourism in Europe, the only competitor of Paris goes to Barcelona. Thanks to the Olympic games in 1992, Barcelona received millions of visitors per year. Without the movement of independence, hardly we think its region, Catalonia. Barcelona was famous for Gaudí, while in Catalonia, more masters were born.
Among the three greatest Spanish painters, two are from Catalonia, Joan Miló and Salvator Dalí. Comparing with Miló, Dalí’s image is a weirdo. His moustache always recalls me a figure of rapist. His anecdote of spitting on the portrait of his father stands out his strong character. The graveyard of the pioneer of Surrealism is next to the borderline of Spain and France, Figueres. Most of this works including paintings, sculptures, films and jewels are exhibited in the Dalí Theatre Museum. The museum is so easy to find for its special castle design with the wall decorated with local bread and huge eggs on the it. We can get to know this person from head to toe in this museum. Like all the great artists, while I was visiting, I was wondering, if he was sick mentally? How could he have such unique point of view? What does the soft clock mean? If he didn’t want to witness the ageing of his muse Gala? Why he created so many works of work however in the end he stood on the side of Franco? Why he brought so many sexual codes into his work in an ambiguous way? Like he said, he didn’t need any drugs, he was the drug itself. This potion makes the whole world addicted. Even now many singers are inspired by him.
Nearby, his home town Cadaqués brings me another view. Very alike all the Mediterranean villages, the architectures are painted white and blue which light up people’s spirit. The water of the port was so clear that the fish seemed to fly inside. An old lady was feeding them with a baguette on hand. Her smile looked sweeter than the bread hence the fish couldn’t help showing up. The sand under the sunlight of October still left a feeling of warmth, attracting the last chasing-sun visitors. There was no tourism flow, no noise, no heat, Cadaqués definitely is the ideal spot for leisure! Within the village of thousand people, the majority is the visitors from France and other countries. In the afternoon, holding glass of wine, enjoying the brightness, chatting with several friends, it should be the life style! The strange is, in such a pretty village, it was hardly to find it in any work of Dalí. His old house had altered into a museum now. Surprisingly the graden behind the house was the best part. A lot of critics said Dalí was a money worshipper, so he was. Perhaps this was the most luxury garden that I had ever seen. Talented design and luxurious brands dressed up this venue.
Many people consider that traveling is someone goes to a place bored by others from the place where he gets bored. I think the same. I’m not saying that Barcelona is tedious. Instead of fight for the living space with the “guiris”, why not visit less famous but same adorable sites in Catalonia? After all, Barcelona is not the only one, there are Figueres and Cadaqués.