Spain Trip Recap
November 11th – 20th, 2014
Bella España – Beautiful Spain!
Sagrada Familia a Gothic and Art Nouveau masterpiece, started in
1882 then Gaudi took it over in 1883. Sadly he was killed when
hit by a tram in 1926 and to this day it is still being worked
on, they say mid century it should be complete although they are
trying for 2026. It is simply extraordinary and you either will
like it or not. I loved it. Even though rather complicated
outside, inside it was pure peace and serenity and such colours
floated around you from the stained glass it was breathtaking. I
think this one is my favourite photo because it captures the sun
hitting the stained glass and emitting such beautiful rays of
colour inside to bounce off the ceiling...totally ethereal to
This set of doors is covered with flowers, leaves and all kinds
of bugs. There are at least three sets of doors that are all
unique. The colours outside are just so magical against the grey
of the stone. I was up in one of the towers so got some pretty
close photos but up there, there is a huge amount of work going
on so a lot is covered and protected.
What was also really really interesting was the museum/workshops
under the church. They are actually working on the sculptures
here, and its only a few yards away from where Gaudi worked. He
even towards the end of this life lived in the workshop.
In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. I can see why...an architectural jewel of
Catalan Art Nouveau. A magical music box which brings together
all the decorative arts: sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and
There you go…hope you enjoyed going through my memories and will
join me in 2016 to make your own. It will be a small group
filled with a lot of the above and more!
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