Our tips on talking Gaudi

Don’t be a total culo de burro! Talking Gaudi ? Get it rights. There is nothing worse than mouthing off a load of tedious and uninformed old piffle about Gaudí and modernism while posing in a cocktail bar in L’Eixample, Paseo de Gracia or El Born. Many Brits – whose architectonic grounding is mainly in red or grey brick car park and railway structures – struggle with the passion, exuberance and quasi-surrealist nature of some of Barcelona’s finest buildings. Here are just a few Gaudi do’s and dont’s for Barcelona dilettantes…

Do’s and Don’ts when talking Gaudi

  • Do not confuse Gaudi with Gouda (a Dutch cheese), Dali (a surrealist with a silly moustache and a giraffe fetisch), Ghandi (if you don’t know who he is you should be ashamed), or Gucci (a clothes shop).
  • Gaudi was not one of those womanising anarcho-surrealists that drank absinthe every night and set fire to churches. Quite the reverse, he was actually the product of (enlightened) mercantile Catalan middle class, and an increasingly religious and pious catholic as his life progressed.
  • And definitely do not pronounce Gaudi as “gawdy” – a term that really does only apply in some of the more colourful features of the Sagrada Familia (“Goddy” IS fairly appropriate you might argue…). It’s “Gow-DEE” with the accent on the second syllable…
  • His first name is NEVER abbreviated to “Tony”, even after far too much cava…..

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