Gothic is not necessarily the architectural style which comes to mind first when talking about Barcelona. You rather associate the capital of Catalunya with the Modernismo movement, the local version of Jugendstil and in general with the beginning of the 20th century. However, the city of Barcelona is older. Much older, in fact. It was founded as Barcino in the times of the Roman empire and was an important city at the Mediterranean sea throughout the middle ages. Therefore, as the rest of Europe during the middle ages, it was influenced largely by the Gothic style of architecture. There is some of it still left in the city, particularly the magnificent old Cathedral in the city center of Barcelona.
Parc Guell is a private recreational park in Barcelona, Spain. It is well known for its architecture and overall composition, thought out by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The structures here, bridges and buildings, have a foreign, almost strange, feel to them. However, it is a beautiful sight and a must-visit when in Barcelona.
Susak is a small island situated offshore Croatia. Today it is inhabited by less than 200 people and a similar number of cats. Wandering through the streets of the only town on the island with the same name you get the feeling of strolling through a forgotten place. There are many empty ruins slowly crumbling down and being taken by nature. Things used to be different in Susak. Until the mid of the 20th century the little island was known for its fertile lands which were used for cultivating wine grapes. The stunning number of 98% of the island was covered by extensive vinyards. Additionally peoples worked as fishermen and in navigation. With the spread of modernity people strived for better living conditions and many left for the US and other parts of the world. Susak became largely deserted and turned to a largely forgotten place with mostly older inhabitants left.
The country of Croatia is situated in the southeast of Europe and is a popular destination for travellers around the word. However, many tourists arrive in the warmer seasons of the year. Coming to the coast of Croatia in winter during a pandemic offers new perspectives on this beautiful country. You get to enjoy empty streets and sea shores, with only some birds and cats quietly watching the waves go by.
The city of Zürich is often called lovingly “Züri” by the local residents. In the region of Zürich there are almost 1,3 Million inhabitants, making it the largest agglomeration in Switzerland. A city with a long history, it was founded by the Romans as military outpost called Turicum.
Zürich is a clean city which seems to be pretty structured at first sight. On further inspection, it becomes obvious that the town is historically grown and consists of layers from many centuries. There are gothic churches, as well as neo-classicist palais and medieval monuments.