My Barcelona Journey: Lesson #2: Life feels like a maze. Find a beautiful place and get lost in it!

I got lost again.

This time it was in a cool maze!

Here are some pictures of my adventure at

Parc del Laberint d’ Horta.

Translation:

Labyrinth Park of Horta

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The story behind the Labyrinth is an interesting one….

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The labyrinth is actually located in the backyard of this amazing castle called Desvalls Palace. A palace owned by a noble family that was later donated to the city of Barcelona, because no one could afford to buy it.  😮

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I have a beautiful labyrinth and park in my backyard. No big deal!

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The backyard/park is divided into two gardens. An 18th century neoclassical (Ancient Roman and Greek style) garden, and a 19th century romantic garden. (Romantic, and yes I did see a lot of couples there, and lots of good ol’ PDA).

The first garden includes the labyrinth, a fun maze that I did get lost in. I felt like it was a metaphor for getting lost in the city of Barcelona.

But no the real story of the labyrinth deals with mythology. Minotaur (half-bull, half-man), Ariadne, and Theseus.

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According to Ancient Greek mythology, the Athenians were required to sacrifice seven young men and seven maidens to the Minotaur. One year, the sacrificial party included Theseus. Theseus volunteered to come through the labyrinth and kill the Minotaur. Ariadne fell in love at first sight, and helped Theseus by giving him a sword and a ball of thread, so that he could find his way out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth.

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The start of the labyrinth. Ariadne giving Thesus the string & the sword.
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Eros (better known as Cupid) is a symbol of love, located in the center of the maze.
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Numerous Gods and Goddesses are located throughout the park, showing the Roman and Greek architectural influences.

 

Once you find your way out of the maze you go to the romantic garden with flower beds, gazebos, animals, and a waterfall.

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Waterfalls
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Water canal
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The duck that couldn’t stop “twerking” shaking his tail-feathers.

 

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Life feels like a maze.

Lesson #2: “Find a beautiful place and get lost in it.”

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