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While it’s really just a slide show with music (any ideas what song it is?), Manel Puig made this video from our wedding based on pictures he took. Thanks Manel!1 Comment | Catergorized: catalonia family friends life memories
Our final days in Spain were spent wandering around Sevilla and spending time with the family there, and two days in Barcelona before we flew home to San Francisco. Though there aren’t as many pictures some of them are quite good. Here they are. You can view other photos from our adventures in Castelló d’Empúries, Sevilla and Granada in the photo galleries.
I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I loved taking them and experiencing these places. Thanks!Comments Off | Catergorized: andalucia catalonia food-drink life photos
I’m going to start posting pictures from the trip to Spain. These are a mix of pictures from the camera and the iPhone. I’m dividing the pictures into sets. This first one is all in Castelló d’Empúries, which is where the wedding took place. After that will be pictures from the honeymoon in three sets, Sevilla, Granada, and then a few days in Sevilla and Barcelona.
The first set, from Castelló d’Empúries, is here. There aren’t as many pictures of family and friends as I would like, but we were hyper busy and distracted most of the time. I admit, I’m surprised I remembered to take any pictures at all…Comments Off | Catergorized: catalonia family food-drink friends life photos
PS: Thanks, Jerome, for the awesome picture!2 Comments | Catergorized: catalonia family friends life photos
Pan con tomate, also known as pa amb tomàquet, is a delicious Catalan food… Simple, distinct and brilliant. Basically, toast some thick country bread, scrape garlic on it, rub tomato over the surface, sprinkle a good amount of olive oil over the top and a bit of salt (and maybe pepper if you’re into that). Like I said, simple, distinct and brilliant. This was Rosa’s recent batch when we had friends over.
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It’s been a little busy the past several days. RMCA has been at her conference and I’ve been wandering around the city by day. Normally I would post at night but we’ve been out in the evenings, too. I think with all the walking, at the end of this trip my legs will either be stronger than they have been in years or they will fall off…
This is going to be a fast post because I’m meeting RMCA’s parents in about 15 minutes. Let’s get to the pictures!
We went and had a lovely dinner at Los Caracoles (The Snails), which was founded in 1835. Great food and really nice people working there. Very highly recommended!
I tried to have a Gaudi day but the rain was pissing down. I made it to Sagrada Familia, but the towers were closed. Despite all the rain I took a few pictures.
I loved the iron doors of Sagrada Familia and took a lot of pictures of them. Here’s a few.
Gaudi loved to work with iron decorations and I have to admit some of it was pretty amazing in its detail.
Despite the rain I wandered down to La Boqueria, which is a huge indoor market with tons of fresh food. We just don’t have permanent establishments like this in America, which is a shame.
More Gaudi iron work on the outside of Palau Güell. I want some of this for my door and house (when/if I can ever afford such!).
Details in the old part of the city. I think modern life has lost something precious with these small details.
I took a break and had some ivi negre/i (red wine) and wrote in this little cafe off the Plaça del Rei.
More details… A random stone along a wall.
Another Gaudi building up in an area called Grácia, which is an almost completely untouristed area and pretty amazing. I want to go back up there.
RMCA and I out last night. The night brings out even more beauty in Barcelona…
That’s all for now. More when I have time!2 Comments | Catergorized: catalonia photos
Well, we are here in lovely Barcelona. The trip, though long, was largely uneventful. Security in San Francisco was easy; security at Frankfurt was less so (though much more polite). I kind of wonder what they would have thought it I’d shown up in Germany with the pocket knife I found for sale at SFO. Isn’t that sort of a weird security breach, that you can buy a knife at an airport and board the plane with it because you’ve already passed all the security checks?
Last night was kind of rough. After all that traveling we didn’t want to sleep until the local bedtime. Besides, we were hungry. So we went up to a place in the El Poblenou neighborhood and ate awesome tapas and drank local red wine. The octopus was very nice…
Incidentally, this was taken at almost midnight. On a Tuesday night. Yep, these folks have the right idea! But today was my first “real” day here. After seeing RMCA off to her conference I loaded up and walked from the hotel at the very bottom of Avinguda Diagonal, up to Carrer de Llull and along that entire street to the La Ribera and Cuitat Vella neighborhoods. I stopped myself just short of heading over to the very famous La Rambla so I have something to do tomorrow.
As you can see, the older part of Barcelona has old, narrow medieval streets.
A lot of the buildings are suffering graffiti. I saw quite a few people working to paint over spots on their buildings or businesses because most of it is crap tagging. Some if it is quite good as art, though, like this one…
Each corner has the street name, much like in every other European country I’ve visited. Unfortunately they are usually impossible to read here unless you get right up next to them. I was looking at this street sign because it looked a bit different and noticed that there was an old stone marking, too. Pretty cool, neh?
Like most European countries, Barcelona has a dearth of old churches. This one is the Eglésia de Santa Maria del Mar. I visited this one in specific thinking of my Navy brother.
There’s also old Roman ruins in town. This is a wall the Romans built in the 4th century. Though it is shored up with modern brick it’s amazing to look at the old stone that remains and think of all that’s happened since it was was erected. Incidentally, Barcelona was founded by the Romans at least 300 years BC.
Before heading back to the hotel I stopped by the Parc de la Ciutadella. I’d walked past it on my way to the old part of town and figured I would check it out. There were tons of kids on school excursions, all wearing the same color t-shirts (and sometimes hats). One group was getting Catalan pronunciation lessons from their teacher; I should have joined them!
Now I’m back at the hotel and writing all of this. The thing is that it’s only 7:30PM here, so there’s a whole evening to go before the day is over. I just wanted to update the blog and share a bit.2 Comments | Catergorized: catalonia life photos
In a few short hours I will be going on vacation to Barcelona and the northern coast of Catalonia. I’m pretty excited and nervous. It’s a big trip and RMCA will be with me (or I with her?). We’ve got a new camera to take pictures, phones that (should) work, and I have my wallet and passport so, really, I can pick up anything I am forgetting. And I know I’m forgetting something.
See you all on the other side!Comments Off | Catergorized: catalonia life