Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

The task this week from WordPress is “Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree”.  This was especially hard to come up with something.  I mean. 9 bajillion pictures and finding one that epitomizes carefree, a toughie.  Then I ran across this beauty from our trip into Barcelona in October 2012.  We were at a restaurant with some friends from the UK, when, quite suddenly, a pretty good thunderstorm rolled in.  We were seated outdoors, under a bit of a covered part of the sidewalk.  Wasn’t helping a lot, so we backed off closer to the walls of the building.  John decided to stick it out, showing not a care as he downed his tea in the driving rain.  Check the pounding rain on the pavement on the street, and a few very wet people.  Classic.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

For this challenge I have to return to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.  The façade is amazing, to the point that it is almost impossible to do it justice in a photo.  I sat, staring for the better part of an hour trying to take it in, without success.  Very inspiring, very beautiful and hard to imagine the thought, time and effort that was utilized to create it.

Sagrada Familia Facade

Sagrada Familia

Full Facade


Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a beautiful example of what well thought out lighting can do.

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Our Memoriam to Dale Rempel

On our arrival in Lisbon. Portugal, we were saddened to be informed that my cousin Lynn’s husband Dale had succumbed to cancer.

Keeping in mind that we are not Catholic, and neither are Dale and Lynn, we decided on a proper tribute (we think) in that we were in Spain and Portugal, both of which have a multitude of beautiful cathedrals.  We decided we would light a candle in remembrance in each cathedral we visited.

Out travels now took us to Montserrat, Barcelona and Funchal in the Madeira Islands.

Our first candle on this part of the trip was lit in Funchal, the capital of the Madeira Islands.  The church is The Church Of our Lady of Monte.

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The interior of Church of our Lady of Monte in Funchal.

Our next opportunity was in Barcelona.  We actually visited 2 churches here and lit a candle in each. The first was the iconic Sagrada Familia.  This first shot is of the interior.

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This is one of the exterior.

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Our next stop was Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, or the Barcelona Cathedral.  Another amazing structure.

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A candle for Dale

Our next visit was Montserrat, a hillside monastery.  We visited 2 churches here.  the first was a chapel that we had to first take a cable car and then walk a couple of miles along the mountain to get to.  The Capella de la Santa cova.

Capella de la Santa cova
Capella de la Santa cova

People left articles here in remembrance as well as candles.  We left these seashells on a bench.  Please look for them if you are ever there.

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Our last stop was the Santa Maria de Montserrat, the main basilica.

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This was the last candle that we lit.  We will miss you Dale.

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Couldn’t find anything truly representative of the season, so I chose this.  The Magic Fountain in Barcelona.  Very cool.  A must see thing in Barcelona, Spain…and festive all the time.  To set this up, we got off the train from a day trip to Montserrat and came up to the Plaza de España.  We knew we were close to the fountain, and sure enough, bigger than life was the fountain.  Spectacular.  The fountain runs in 30 minute computerized sequences.  On this occasion, we were fortunate enough to be here during a Jazz Festival, so the program was all jazz.



Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona

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Houses in Park Güell designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain Français : Maisons à l’entrée du Parc Güell, réalisées par Antoni Gaudi, Barcelone, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the countdown clock hits 4 months to Lisbon, I am starting to get really pumped for this trip.  Lori has put together one heck of an itinerary for us.  Having said that, I ran across this article in Fotopedia and it has added to my excitement.  Barcelona appears to be a beautiful place.

Fotopedia Magazine — Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona.

Wandering Wednesday – Thanks For The Help

Just a short note to thank the people who responded to my post on suggestions and advice for our trip this fall.  We valued the comments, and a few email conversations and have an itinerary set (sort of).  We will be heading off to Lisbon, Portugal for 3 days and nights.  From there, we are doing Madrid and area, then Cordoba and area.  In the middle, we will be doing a 7 day cruise to the Canary Islands and to Madeira.  From there it is off to Barcelona and area, then home.

This trip is going to be spectacular (to us).  The more we investigate, the more anticipation takes hold.   From a camel ride in the Canary’s, to ice skating on a cruise ship to staying in a Paladore, the new experiences will abound.

This will be the view from our Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon.
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Help – We’re Planning a Trip

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We are currently planning our next trip.  This go round we have one firm destination and no idea where, or what, to see along with it.  Here’s the itinerary potentials.  The one firm place is Barcelona in Spain.  We can go in several directions from here.  We are leaning to 4 days in Barcelona, then to Andorra (cause it’s there) and then south to the French Mediterranean.  We have looked at basing in Nice, France for a week or so and fanning out daily from there.  We have also considered going to Madrid, then to Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar and Morocco as an alternative.

We need help in determining where to go and what to see.  The basic rules are, for our travel habits:

1. We will be on this trip for 2 weeks

2. We are 50 so crazy stuff don’t work for us anymore.

3. We love to eat

4. We like to try to blend in, staying away from tours etc.

If anyone has been and went places they thought were great, let me know.

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