The year is 1912. Antoni Gaudí has just finished the magic house which is today known as La Pedrera, (The Stone Quarry), and before giving the key to the Milá family, he has invited me in for a cup of café con leche.
Over the coffee Gaudí talks. Words create images in my mind. A boy loving nature, wanting to recreate the forest, the trees, the stone structures, the light. Most of all the light.
"to understand my art you need to understand nature, pure nature like God created it"
After I have admired the house from the pavement for a long time now, too overwhelmed to go too close, Gaudí has today taken me on an indoor tour. La Pedrera feels different inside. The lines are softer. I look up on the ceilings and get a strong feeling that I am at a remote sand beach, where the lines have been combed day after day by the wind. On the other hand, up on the roof, where the master took be before serving the coffee, it felt like we were floating among etheral clouds on top of a stone mountain.
I bend down to get my camera, but Gaudí stops me. "I have given you my thoughts today" he says, "I can not give you myself"
The coffee has long been cold when I say goodbye.
I had heard of Antoni Gaudí before I came to Barcelona, well, at least I had heard of Sagrada Familia. But I was unprepared of what met me. At first sight I found the cathedral to look more like a monster than a church. Then, slowly, slowly I started to see the art created by this genious.
From the fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella, till a day in Parc Güell and the highlight, a tour in Casa Milá.
Sagrada Familia will have to wait till next time.
I was not ready for it yet.
The first photo is from inside La Pedrera.
I would love a coffee set like this :-)