|Michael and me on the roof of the Cathedral of Barcelona|
Right after the semester ended Michael and I left on our anniversary trip to Europe. We feasted our eyes (and our stomachs too) in Barcelona, Nice, and Florence. I'm sure part of it is that everything was new to me, but I kept seeing one strikingly beautiful thing after another.
One of the first places we visited was La Boquería market where produce, candy, meat and fish were artfully arranged and very photogenic. The colors and textures were very seductive and we ended up taking bags of goodies back to our apartment.
|Griffins (?) on the roof of the Maritime Museum|
Barcelona is an old city, founded by Roman soldiers around 15 BC as a military outpost. Remnants of the original city wall, built in 350 AD, can be seen in various places in the old city. Different styles of architecture from diverse periods in history can be seen side by side.
|Doorway in the Barri Gotic|
|Sculptural medallion on the Teatre Principal|
Upstairs, in the palace part of the museum, was an exhibit on the importance of calico or "indianes" production to the economic development of the city.
|Cathedral of Barcelona|
The interior is almost completely accessible to tourists, unlike other major churches we visited on our travels. The video screens you see in the picture above remind visitors how to behave in church. No kidding.
We took the elevator to the roof for a panoramic view of the city and for a close-up of the spires of the cathedral.
Among Barcelona's architectural claims to fame is the Modernista movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modernisme is Catalan Art Deco. We went to a concert at the Palau de la Música Catlana, an excellent example of the style.
|Ceiling detail, Palau de la Música Catalana|
|detail, Casa Lleó Morera, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, architect, 1864/1902|
|Another architectural bauble|
Here's my favorite of the Barcelona bunch: Mare de Déu del Carme, taken in Santa María del Pi church.
I'll be back more regularly now, with more stitching and with the rest of this travelogue.