Beauty and the Duck Face

Be like a duck:

Calm on the surface, but

paddling like the dickens underneath.

Michael Cain

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What felt like a mini-vacation within my my week in Barcelona was a day trip to see all things Dali: his museum in Figueres, lunch at his hometown of Cadaques, and a peek inside his beach house in Port Ligat. The scenery outside Salvador Dali’s window allegedly  inspired the landscape in The Persistence of Memoryhis most iconic painting from 1931 when he developed his paranoiac-critical method entering a meditative state of self-induced psychotic hallucinations to create what he called hand-painted dream photographs.

Surrealism, Salvador Dali, and modern art in general can be too curious for some people, in the same way that the phenomenon of the duck face intrigues me.

By sucking in the cheeks and pushing out the lips to make them appear fuller, the cheekbones appear more prominent and the eyes wider. This contorts the face in line with the popular standards of feminine beauty. It is a caricature of a singular type of beauty that many of us can only dream of looking like. I’d turn blue sucking in my cheeks without a hint of cheekbone ever showing.

The fans of the duck face obviously like what they see, reveling in  their power to change the architecture of what they can control: their face. Those who sit on the other side of the duck pond might consider what I admire in Dali and modern artists: The freedom of artistic expression trouncing all paranoid critics. At the end of the day, he or she who has the most fun, wins!

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Barcelona Travel Guide

Kilometers are shorter than miles.

Save gas–

take your next trip in kilometers.

George Carlin

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The roof of Gaudi’s Casa Batillo

I usually say I prefer to feed my eyes before my stomach, but as I’m packing for Barcelona, I realize that I may not have to choose one over the other in this city. I love the genius of Antoni Gaudi‘s unique yet practical architecture, intrigued by the twists of Dali’s surreal art, and ready to feast on a wide variety of tapas. Here’s what I’ve got lined up:

Stay at Hotel El Palace Barcelona, where else for Goddesses?

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Barcelona Day Tours for a welcome overview of the city and a side trip to Montserrat for wine tasting.

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Catch a Flamenco performance at Gaudi’s jewel box theater El Palau de la Musica. Take a tour of the theater during the day when the sunlight makes the stained glass windows sparkle.

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Stained glass at Gaudi’s Palau de la Musica Catalana

Join a bike Tour with Excursions Barcelona and pay a little extra for the convenience of an electric bike. They offer a free walking tour downtown starting at Plaza Catalunya at 11:00 am each day.

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Barcelona Architecture Walks gives you a range of itineraries depending on your style of buildings. This fish sculpture is Frank Gehry’s.

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If you’re into city views, the Cathedral de Barcelona has an elevator that takes you to the roof for better views than at the Sagrada Familia.

For a change of scenery, Spanish Trails is another popular option to take you out for the day to see Surreal Cadaques and All Things Dali, including a drive along the shores of the Costa Brava.

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Surreal art by Salvador Dali

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share your Barcelona travel tips. Ole!

All photos from Google Images

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Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

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