Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

See, search, find and explore

So, if you read my first post, you’ll know that I want to share my explorations with anyone showing interest and if you follow me on Instagram @wulf.willis you’ll see I’ve been doing that for a while now.

However, what you might not know is that I spend a lot of time (more than necessary) looking at everyone else’s posts in the search for the next great place to visit, and this time, Palau Nacional (Catalan for National Palace) was put on my radar.

I kept on seeing posts of Plaza Espanya and panoramas of the city from someplace high (which is usually where they are shot from) and after a consistent barrage of visual stimulus, I took to the only place I could… Google.

View from the roof

Searching high and low, I finally found it and all I needed to do next, was get there.

Palau Nacional you say?  But that’s not the title….

I didn’t know at the time that the palace was now an art museum, and has been since 1934 which was actually quite a pleasant surprise, despite having to pay 12 euros to get in…

Getting to this place is easy enough as you can just head to Plaza Espanya by taking either the L1 or L3 Metro line. Then once you’re there, walk between the two large pillars (known as the Venetian Towers), which you can’t miss, and keep walking straight.

The Venetian Towers – Walked from there towards where the photo was taken from

On the way up, they’ve kindly installed escalators so you don’t have to worry about hundreds of steps, though there are still a few hills worth of walking up.

Why walk when you can just stand and wait?

Once you get right in front of the entrance, there’s endless views, greenery, statues and much more. Even if you don’t set foot inside the museum, you’ll find yourself more than content with the sights and with a cafe located half way up and at the top, you won’t be too concerned if you forget to bring your lunch.

If however, you decide to pay up and make your way into the museum, there isn’t always the same exhibitions on, so head to the site here and see what’s happening the day you arrive. I was fortunate enough to see Picasso’s work as well as many other pieces of art including furniture, sculptures and propaganda (from wartimes). One of my favourite pieces was a sculpture of two arms labelled right arm and left arm, the simplicity was amusing and impressive.

All in all, this place is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Barcelona, and even if you don’t want to actually view the art exhibitions, you can still head to the roof and see the view whilst dining in the restaurant.

Enough about me, here’s a few more shots from my adventure.

The roof
Inside views
Great spot for a self-portrait



Outside Wandering

Do you think about your photos before leaving the house or just wing it?

Wherever I am in the world, I love to explore and often just go out on walks with my camera with the eager eyes to take an epic photograph, one that will write me into the history books.

Constantly shooting is always a good thing when you’re claiming to be a photographer but if you just go out and fire off without thinking, I don’t find it produces much value. Equally, if you go out with the intention of getting just one particular single shot, you might not get it and find yourself never taking a photo.

So at what point do you draw the line between capturing a particular shot and keeping your eyes open to spontaneity?

Personally, I find it best to have a general theme, for example: people, nature or shapes.

Theme: Long Exposures during the day

If you do however see something incredible happening, don’t say no just because it doesn’t tie in with your theme!

It just just helps to guide you along which you’ll find is more enjoyable, because you’ll know what you’re doing… sort of.

Where there is no vision, the people perish – Proverbs 29:18

Switching Sites

Squarespace was originally my choice for website creation and it was pretty easy to use, there’s a lot of customisation options and I don’t have any complaints. The thing is that I’ve been working on trying to make things simpler, but I found myself adding new pages, constantly changing themes and still been unhappy with the result. I was on the verge of deleting everything, going back to the start and really asking myself what I was trying to do, and then my renewal notice came….

The price of everything had been increased.

So I investigated and discovered that due to a deactivation of my account for a couple of weeks last year (because my card details had changed), I was no longer on my original, much cheaper, plan.

I accept responsibility for my lack of awareness over my finances (I think I’m much better now) but this event helped me to decide to delete my account and start afresh on WordPress.

All life is an experiment, the more experiments you make the better – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve only just started figuring out how to use all this but the idea is to simplify my content to three headings, that will most likely overlap one another!

  • Photography – It’s my primary passion, I love taking photos and will share here what I used to create a photo, how I’ve learnt to do things and ideas for projects, etc.
  • Travel – It’s a passion that joins in very well with the primary! Here I’ll share photos and details of my explorations as I attempt to see more of this world, whether it be more of a single city or the next 100 countries I travel to.
  • Lifestyle – My thoughts, wondering, everything else I can’t claim to be primarily photography or travel.


So what’s your thoughts on website hosts?

Do you prefer Squarespace or WordPress?