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  • Day3

    Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalonia.

    April 23 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Today was St George’s Day, the patron saint of Catalonia. There were lots of stalls selling roses and most people carried one - it was a bit like Valentine’s Day.

    I had a very interesting time walking around the city. I spent the morning at the Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalonia. It is a beautiful building with a great collection of medieval and more modern art and the views from the roof were spectacular.

    The weather was fine all morning but there were a few hail storms this afternoon which caused a bit of excitement at the outdoor cafes.
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    Pilgrim at last

    Fabulous Diane 😊

    4/23/22Reply
    Narelle Campbell

    I just love the way that Sagrada Familia towers over the city.

    4/23/22Reply
    Narelle Campbell

    And today in Leon it is Castile & Leon Day which means bagpipes and marches.

    4/23/22Reply
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  • Day75

    Nationalpalast in Barcelona

    March 24 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Das nicht so schöne Wetter nutzen wir zum Besuch des Nationalpalast.

    Der Palau Nacional mit seinen vielen Türmen und Kuppeln gleicht einem Schloss und wurde im Jahre 1929 für die 2. Weltausstellung in Barcelona fertig gestellt. Er liegt zu Füßen des Montjuïc und in unmittelbarer Nähe des Olympiastadions.

    Nach dem Besuch des Museum wollten wir uns noch das Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau besuchen. Also einmal quer durch die Stadt mit der U-Bahn ein paar Meter gehen und dann standen wir vor verschlossen Türen😢
    Laut Google sollte es offen sein.
    So konnten wir uns das historische Krankenhaus leider nur von außen anschauen.
    Das Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau - oder kurz "Hospital Sant Pau" - hat sich seit seiner Gründung vor rund 600 Jahren von einem mittelalterlichen Wohlfahrtshaus zu einer modernen Krankenhausanlage entwickelt. Heute ist das Hospital Sant Pau eines der schönsten und bedeutendsten Gebäudekomplexe des Modernisme.

    Das Hospital Sant Pau ist eine wunderschöne Anlage aus der Zeit des Modernsime, ein Meisterwerk des Architekten Lluis Domènech i Montaner. Immer mit der Absicht, dem Menschen und seiner Gesundheit zu dienen, baute er ein Krankenhaus, das als Gesamtkunstwerk Farbe und Frische statt Sterilität zu bieten hatte.
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    Hobbyline

    Sehr beeindruckend und wunderschön!

    4/1/22Reply
    Womo Traveler

    Wir wären gerne noch länger geblieben aber das Wetter war zu schlecht.

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  • Day3

    There’s always hills

    November 12, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    A short stroll up to the Castell de Montjuïc. Well, when I say short, it’s not for the faint hearted. The funicular railway takes you about halfway and then you can either take the cable car ( if you don’t have Matt with you) or the 150 bus (if you don’t have Charlotte with you). Otherwise there are steps, lots of steps but the view is incredible.Read more

  • Day10

    Barcelona!

    March 27 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute stand die Hauptstadt Kataloniens auf unserer ToDo-Liste und wir haben jede Minute genossen. Das herrliche sonnige Wetter und Temperaturen knapp unter 20 Grad waren perfekt, um Barcelona zu erkunden... so weit, wie es an einem Tag zu schaffen ist.
    Der Architekt Gaudi hat nicht nur die berühmte La Sagrada Familia geprägt, sondern im gesamten Stadtbild bei diversen Bauwerken seine Spuren hinterlassen. Ohne Gaudi wäre Barcelona einfach nicht, was es heute ist.

    Unser erster Stop ist der Plaça de Catalunya, der am heutigen Sonntag von ukrainischen Flaggen geprägt ist. Bei unserem Eintreffen werden wir mit der Ukrainischen Nationalhyme begrüßt... und wir haben das Bedürfnis, einfach nur innezuhalten und mitzufühlen.

    La Sagrada Familia... tja, uns fehlen echt die Worte. Einfach mit keiner Kathedrale zu vergleichen, die wir bisher gesehen haben. Und das, obwohl sie nach 140 Jahren Bauzeit immer noch nicht fertig ist. 2026 soll es soweit sein.

    Zitat: "Als Antoni Gaudí am 7. Juni 1926 vor eine Straßenbahn lief, war er 74 Jahre alt, trug zerschlissene Kleidung und in den Taschen nur eine Bibel sowie ein paar Nüsse und Rosinen. Man behandelte ihn wie einen Vagabunden. Als klar wurde, dass da Barcelonas bekanntester Baumeister im Sterben lag, war es bereits zu spät. Sein bedeutendstes Projekt musste er als vagen Rohbau hinterlassen: Nach 43 Jahren Arbeit, die er zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits investiert hatte, stand genaugenommen noch nicht viel mehr als eine Fassade.
    Aber schon die hatte es in sich, und das Vorhaben war von vornherein auf mehrere Generationen angelegt: „Mein Bauherr hat Zeit“, hatte Gaudí selbst dazu gesagt - und er meinte damit nicht seine weltlichen Auftraggeber." Zitat Ende.

    Kennt ihr den Song La Sagrada Familia von Alan Parsons Project? Seit der Veröffentlichung 1987 hatte ich das Bedürfnis, dieses besondere Bauwerk einmal live zu sehen. Dieser Wunsch wurde mir heute erfüllt.

    Hier ein Youtube-Link mit tollen Innenaufnahmen: https://youtu.be/wjWSbKz6INQ

    Den Park Güell stand eigentlich auch noch auf unserem Programm, aber die Wartezeit von über einer Stunde, um hineinzukommen, lag einfach außerhalb unseres Zeitlimits. Dafür haben wir die Außenfassade des FC Barcelona Stadions sehen können. Na ja... wer Fan ist, hat sicher Freude daran.

    Den Tag abgeschlossen haben wir mit genialen Tapas und Churros mit geschmolzener Schokolade in einem kleinen Lokal in der berühmten La Rambla.
    Gibt es etwas Besseres? Wir sind nach wie vor hin und weg von diesem besonderen Tag.
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    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Barcelona steht auch noch auf unserer langen, langen Liste… - schöne Bilder 😊

    3/28/22Reply
    Mo Cassel

    Mit der Sagrada Familia und dem Song geht es mir ganz genauso. Vielleicht wäre 2027 ein gutes Jahr um das endlich umzusetzen. Gaudi und Hundertwasser sind meine Favoriten. Danke für die tollen Fotos.

    3/28/22Reply
    Reisefan

    Barcelona ist immer wieder toll. Und man entdeckt jedes Mal Neues. Ich war bereits 4x dort. Übrigens sind die beiden Hausberge ebenfalls eine Empfehlung.

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  • Day6

    ¡Hola España!

    April 24 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Sonne, Meer, Spanien und mein Herz lacht!!
    Abfahrt heute früh in Avignon bei Regen und 12 Grad - Ankunft heute am frühen Nachmittag in Cabrera de Mar bei Sonne und 20 Grad.
    Den Stellplatz nördlich von Barcelona kannten wir vom letzten Jahr und haben ihn auch diesmal wieder angefahren. Für uns ist er ideal: sehr ruhig gelegen, € 18,00 inklusive Strom und WLAN und ein kurzer Spaziergang zur Regionalbahn, mit der man direkt bis zum Plaça de Catalunya fahren kann.
    Heute war einfach bummeln durch die engen Gassen und ein Spaziergang am Hafen angesagt.
    Morgen gibt’s nochmals einen ganzen Tag Barcelona, 😊😎 obwohl wir es schon recht gut kennen…. man entdeckt immer wieder neue Ecken.
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  • Day10

    Cinque Fotografies- Barcelona Day 5

    April 23 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today we took a short train trip to Sitges, a beautiful coastal town to the south of Barcelona.
    We enjoyed a walk through the beautiful streets, savored tapas and wine, and the views of the playa. Today's weather was unsettled. we enjoyed periods of sun while walking through town, and we managed to miss getting drenched and pelted by a downpour and hail.

    23 de Abril is El Día de San Jorge, the celebration of the patron saint of Catalonia. The city celebrates the legend of St. George, the dragon and the princess. It is thought that St George died on this day.

    Roses and books are featured throughout the streets of all the towns and cities of Catalonia to celebrate the day of their patron saint. The festival originates from the legend of Saint George, the dragon and the princess.

    According to legend, a dragon devastated the a Catalonian town until the townspeople decided to offer one person as sacrifice. each day, chosen by lottery One day the king's daughter was chosen and when the dragon was going to consume her, a knight (St. George) appeared to slay the dragon. According to legend, a rosebush grew from the dragon's blood, and the knight gave it to the princess. In Catalanonia, the people also believe that the Catalan identity is vindicated.

    While I understood the roses, I was curious about the books. Apparently Cervantes and Shakespeare died on this day. People celebrate by gifting each other books and roses.

    Today we also celebrate from afar my Mother-in-law Sandy Carroll's birthday. Happy Birthday, Sandy! Also Happy 40th Anniversary to Jim's Aunt & Uncle, Jeanne & Jim!
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    Jeff Hopper

    Catalonian Ham . . . Mmmm

     
  • Day10

    Cinque Fotografies-Barcelona Day 4

    April 23 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Today we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in the 60's which was a lovely surprise and perfect for a our trip to Park Güell.

    According to the park website, The relationship between the industrialist  Eusebi Güell and the architect  Antoni Gaudi began when Güell saw a showcase that Gaudí had designed at the 1878 Paris World Fair for the glove merchant Esteve Comella.

    Güell commissioned Gaudi to design his home and many other structures including this Park. You can see many features of Gaudi's workaround the park matched by beautiful vistas of the sea and we enjoyed the foliage and blooming plants. We also saw several green parakeets throughout the park.

    The trek to the Park was a bit daunting as there was a steep climb from the metro to the park Despite the challenge of the climb we enjoyed the narrow streets and architecture. I was grateful for the unusual spots in the neighborhood as we were making the climb.

    I'm feeling more confident in practicing Spanish with the different establishments in the city. I made a reservation by phone for a popular tapas restaurant, as well as ordering a nice late lunch after our visit to the park.

    Later this evening we went out for pizza with a man from Austin,TX, who we struck up a conversation with at the park. During dinner, we also talked with the restaurant owner. It was fun to learn the he is Nepalese, and we learned about his moves from a variety of countries before landing in Barcelona. During the meal his two children were playing in a back room near their mother. We talked about raising children, and I told him about our "nieta" Olive. As I'm prone to do, I shared a photo of her.

    Invariably, we have found the people of Barcelona to be helpful and friendly. It has really helped us ease into the commencement of this amazing vacation. I'm reminded the the locals don't fault me for my stumbling Spanish; they note and encourage my effort to respect and appreciate their culture.
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    Joseph Kimsey

    It’s wonderful seeing all the beautiful places you are visiting. I’m glad your enjoying this opportunity.

    4/23/22Reply
    Jim Fotter

    Thank you, Joe.

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  • Day8

    Cinque Fotografies-Barcelona Day 3

    April 21 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Our third day in this beautiful city can only be summed up as a multitude of artistic sensations.
    Although the weather was uncharacteristically dismal for this time of year, the majesty of creation in visual, natural and musical artistry championed the day.

    We took the bus to see the Fundación de Miro to witness the work of artist Joan Miro. Miro was a contemporary impressionist who lived around the same time as Picasso. The evolution of his creations was fascinating to trace. We also loved the setting of this edifice on a hill overlooking the city.

    Despite the rain, we decided that it was important not to miss the adjacent Jardines de Laribal. The fountains, waterfalls and plantings were spectacular as we wandered the meandering pathways. It was interesting to get a different perspective of La Sagrada Familia and its imposing height compared to the other buildings.

    We closed the day by attending a performance of the Barcelona Philharmonia Orchestra at the bejeweled Palau de Música. The orchestra was led by Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali and featured Nicola Benedetti,an award winning violinist from the UK. When she was only 16, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award. Her performance of the Beethoven selections was brilliant, and we were enthralled at her ability to connect to the orchestra players, the Conductor and the audience.

    The second half of the concert featured Tchaikovsky pieces and we noticed the energy and interpersonal play of the orchestra members. They would smile and catch each other's eyes. The nuances of Conductor Rouvali were also notable.

    A friend who recommended this venue to us remarked, "It must be quite a challenge to compete with a hall that has so many intricate features that resemble being insidea Faberge Egg." We can report that this Orchestra was up to the task.
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    Jim Fotter

    It was fun to watch the school children learning about Miro's works.

    4/21/22Reply
    Richard Isaac

    The Palau is gorgeous. We took a tour and also saw a flamenco performance. The ceiling is my phone's lock screen photo.

    4/22/22Reply
     
  • Day12

    Cinque Fotografies-Barcelona Day 7

    April 25 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    There is something to be said about the luxury of an unplanned day. We celebrated Jim's 58th birthday with a long walk through Las Ramblas and a wonderful tapas meal for a long lunch.

    I was initially a bit paranoid about wandering through this part of the city as we heard many tales of pickpockets in the Plaza de Catalunya.
    We have learned to be vigilant, particularly in crowds, and that has been fine.

    This was the best weather day; it was an absolutely gorgeous sunny day with comfortable temperatures in the upper 60's. We enjoyed people watching, sitting at a Cafe and a very long walk through the old part of town. It really is mind-blowing to see churches from the 15th century and the ancient narrow streets.

    Of course, there are many modern stores and brands that we see in the U.S., but we wandered off the main thoroughfare to enjoy the quieter streets.

    We did get a glimpse of the exterior of Casa Batila, one of Gaudi's brilliant architectural designs. We opted not to take any of those tours. We were very grateful for an unscheduled day, to celebrate my husband's birthday and the wonderful city siights. The city and people of Barcelona are lovely. We have been grateful for our launch here. Next stop: Madrid. Cuidáte.
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    Joseph Kimsey

    Happy Birthday Jim!

    Jeff Hopper

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday!

    Kelli Houston

    Happy belated bday to Jim ❤️

     
  • Day16

    African Dinner and Cultural Exchange

    May 11 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    This has turned out to be one of the best experiences of the trip so far. I booked this and almost chickened out - going to some guy's house? I'm so, so glad we went ahead with it.

    Onassis was delightful. He is a fantastic cook and was so charming with Éowyn, and seemed genuinely interested in the big girls' thoughts.

    He is originally from Togo, and the food was from his home country. We had a lively discussion about geography and education that went past the allotted time.

    The meal was beans (with a sauce of his own creation), fried plantains, rice with peanut sauce, and the most tender chicken I've ever had. He also shared some bourbon when I mentioned that I had just recently discovered I like whiskey.

    Oh, and Éowyn demonstrated some jiujitsu moves.
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    Vickie Garvin

    How cool!!!

    Pamela D.

    what a memorable experience!

    Pamela D.

    he looks like a pleasant man and Eowyn is very much engaged with him.

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