Sunday, October 12, 2014

Park Guell-- More Stuff By Gaudi

For those of you who don't know, Gaudi loves mosaics.  He loved to cover things with broken tiles, and he is famous for undulating lines in his architecture and designs.  He was also Catalan, not Spanish, so there is some pride of his work in Barcelona.

I mainly took these photos for my mom, who sometime does tile work like this and may find some inspiration in here somewhere. 





























Montserrat Day Trip

One day, we decided to take the train to Montserrat and see what the deal was.  I wanted to give Adam a chance to bird watch and see some of the country side.

The day started early, for a vacation, and we were out the door and moving by 9 am.  The train was fairly easy to find and take, but finding the last platform was a bit tricky...  You really do need to have lots of time like the travel sites advise.

The train takes about an hour from Barcelona to Montserrat, and then the funicular takes another 5-8 minutes.  There are several other ways up the hill, but if you can stand for that time, I'd take the funicular again!

The morning was foggy, and as we went up the hill in the cable car we saw this...

 And this...

It was not super impressive.  But then we got through the fog layer and saw this...


And this...

This...


And this...

Much more impressive, right?

We walked up to the monastery and took a chance on a long line...

I loved the way the stained glass was making the wall look here. 
 

This stairway had lousy light, but this is saint Caecilia... made me think of my own Cecilia!

At the end of the hall, we saw the statue of the blessed virgin.  You can see what she looks like here.  There was an advisement to not take photos in the shrine area, so this next shot is looking back at the ceiling of the shrine...  It is COVERED in gold mosaics.


Leaving the shrine area, there were candles for prayers.


Adam and I sat in the courtyard and planned what to do.  I was suffering from a terrible cold, grouchy, and not feeling like doing anything, so he took a hike to look for birds.


As we were leaving, we got to see what the hill looks like without all of the fog.

 And then we sat for a few minutes awaiting the train back to Barcelona.


Barcelona, Spain, Fall 2014

We've just returned from a trip to Spain.  Here are some of the highlights for you.


Dancer out side of the art museum.

One of the many cathedrals that we walked through.

The cafe life is a hard life

Fountain I liked...

... and the face that made me like it!

The inside of the door that led to our place.
Looking up after going in our little door at the houses.


The Arch De Triumph for Barcelona


The inside of one of Gaudi's designs...

... and the outside of that same building.

The massive cathedral that is still under construction: La Sagrada Familia.

A lovely fountain in the nearby park.

We were excited to see that it had water in it...

...because we normally go to Europe in the dead of winter for the Christmas markets.

Adam with a beer-stach.

Again, enjoying the cafe life.

The square we sat looking at.

Overall, a good trip.