Lobby of the Palau de la Musica Catalana

Marie and I decided to book a tour with a separate group to see the interior of the Orfeo Catala, based on photos I had seen in a book about Barcelona.  Will be interested to see if Mara attended any performances here during her family’s visit to Barcelona.  This place was well worth the time.

Here is the stage.  Fabulously ornate.  Sculpture on the left is a tribute to a local choral director and the one on the right is a tribute to Wagner.

The Muses on the back wall of the stage are intended to spring forth from the mosaics on the wall.  Loved the graceful figures and musical themes.

The glass dome above the theater is very “modernista”.


Wider view of the dome and ceiling as you look up from the seats in the theater.

Upper side balconies in the theater.

Statue featuring Catalan choral director.

Wagnerian statues.

I imagine these are areas to stroll during intermissions.  You can see the exterior mosaic columns on the balconies outside.

You can only enjoy this if you pay for a performance or take the tour–tours are offered in Spanish, English, German, and French.

Side view of the glass mosaic dome over the theater.

Wide view of the theater.


They did play a short organ piece to show off the great acoustics of the theater.  I really regret not having time to attend a concert, because the acoustics were wonderful.  Notice that the workmen are setting up a smaller wooden platform for a flamenco performance scheduled for that evening.

Parc de la Ciutadella–our meeting place at the end of our last day in Barcelona.


A man was blowing bubbles in the park, to the great delight of crowds of children.

Our “Last Supper” as Elena called it, was arranged at a restaurant called Tapa Tapa on the beach.  Segway tours were available in many cities in Spain.

Everyone enjoyed the sand sculptors along the beach in Barcelona.  Notice he has casks with “blanco”, “tinto”, “rosado” for wine.

Group dinner at Tapas Tapas near the beach.