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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

barcelona (2)

 
as i can´t visit a City without (if possible) going to a graveyard,
i also brought some Pictures with me
the above one is taking up a songline from bob dylan (you can hear a nick cave Version here) -
so it fits the current ajj challenge, too.
texture from kim Klassen, moon from the net, cancellation brush selfmade
 
and of course i can´t leave out the fantastic Barcelona song from Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé,
to which i dedicate another digital page:
 
 
These are gaudí´s chimneys from the rooftop of the casa milà
and i had to take the font "queen" here... and another texture from kim Klassen;
stamp selfmade, cancellation brush also.
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this is how our days started: the breakfast at our Hotel, with lots of fresh fruit, buns with cheese and ham, Salami etc, and fresh baked Little sweet pieces (the Hotel´s bakery must have been at our floor, because this was the first smell every morning when we left our room - yummy!).
great selection of various coffees etc, too!
 
 
the city´s largest market was near our Hotel
in hindsight we really knew it was a good choice to book our time in barcelona from sunday to friday...
just look at the photos below - starting late on thursday many People seemed to come into town for a Extended Weekend...

 

 
 
yummy icecream :)
 
 
a "must see" - the sagrada familia
more Towers or more cranes? ;)
it is planned to be finished in 2026, the 100th anniversary of gaudí´s death.
 
 
on top of the bell Towers: mosaics of venetian glass

 
contrasting styles of sculptures at the Passion and the Nativity entries
 
 
below: view to the ceiling:
 

 
the columns look like trees, very organic
elements of nature are everywhere in gaudí´s work

 
 
the light in the basilica: on the left you see the colorful glass Windows -
if you step aside you see the light only, from a 90° angle... it´s like Magic!
 
well, i will stop here with the sagrada famila,
it would be a neverending Story...
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i was surprised, how the orange trees sometimes have blossoms and fruit at the same time.
and that smell of the blossoms, aaah...
 
 
choose the base, the Colors, the Accessoires individually and create your own sandals
 
 
are These high heels cool or what?
(not that i could walk a single step in them;))
 
 
and a flea market is not bad as well...
 



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

barcelona (1)

i´m back - physically.
after 5 days in Barcelona i´m trying to get back to normal. on the last day my husband and i have got some infection (with fever and intestine issues - fortunately it only broke through when we were home... but we feel weak and exhausted).
 
anyway - it was a wonderful trip and of course i will make a photo book of it.
so my time the next weeks (probably...) will be focussed on my oodles of photos,
and i will share some of them here.
 
 
this street perfomer is my entry for this week´s TsfT;)
 
our Hotel was located absolutely central at the "ramblas" - near the opera Gran Teatre del Liceu
(below)
 
 
the spanish and the catalan flag:
 
 
on our first day we walked to the cathedral (engl / deutsch)
 
 
 
there are a lot of gargoyles around it,
but i thought this ram was a very Special one:

 
 
the cathedral has a wonderful cloister, where 13 geese are living...
various interpretations are given for them: they were good Guardians in the past... the White feathers are representing immaculacy...
(and the number 13 is due to the Age of Eulalia, when she suffered her martyrdom - she is the Patron saint of this cathedral)

 
and at the fountain the dancing egg Tradition is performed on the feast of corpus christi
(info here - engl)


 
the choir stalls from the
knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece
 

 
the ceiling:
 
 
as mentioned, the cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona,
whose Body is entombed in the cathedral's crypt.
 
 
Walking around in the alleys of the quarter "barri gotic"...




 
down to the Harbour:

 
the Aerial tramway to the Montjuïc hill:
 
 
These are some impressions of our first day... more to come...

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Travel is ahead...

 

                                
i Need a lot of milk in my coffee...
(no sugar though)
 
spring finally is here,
in my garden:
 
 
pulsatilla and a small species of tulips
 

every year it is fun to watch the buds of the chestnut... my Kids planted it when they were Little (about 20 years ago), but as it is in the middle of shrub, is has not grown up to more than about 1,20 meters;) it doesn´t give up though:)
 
as i´m not too tidy at the front door also, i get joy each year from a hepatica in a cobblestone gap:
 
 
on my walk i see the
nature exploding... from one day to the next:
gazillions of pilewort
(did you know you can add their leaves to a salad, before they bloom - later on they are slightly poisonous)
 
 
and Wood anemones...
 
 
but my beloved beech trees are crying, literally:
after a Tornado last year lots of their branches were cut down
 
 
and all was left is this:
 
 
 
and of course the Wood workers did not Close the wounds,
so the spring Juices are running down the trunks, dripping really...
not sure if they will survive or bleed to death.
it is heartbreaking.
this is how they looked before the Tornado:
 

sigh.
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again, a Piece of Cloth which got the leftover paint from stamping and brayering on its surface, ended up free embroidered and sewn together to form a pouch ...

 
it will hold my travel guide for next week...
so: my next tuesday post will be in two weeks, on 19th
 
help me Keep fingers crossed... i had a nightmare: i dreamed my camera gave up working... i couldn´t click the button any more... Horror!! i think there will be a lot to see in Barcelona (i would have to buy a new camera there!!)
 
i´m in the midst of planning... if you have a good tip, feel free to share it in the comments:)