Hospitality Part 2, Barcelona (or, You Can’t Get Too Much of a Good Thing)

My husband and son accompanied me and Sherry to Barcelona. My friend Sherry is a beach girl; she lived a large portion of her life in Southern California, but she’s been landlocked in recent years. I thought she would really enjoy Barcelona and the Mediterranean, and I loved Barcelona so much I wanted to revisit it and share it with her.

Roadtrip!!

Roadtrip!!

I made sure our hotel had easy access to the beach.

Dirty window, but that is definitely the sea.

Dirty window, but that is definitely the sea.

 

And to the right...

And to the right…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we made sure to have at least one seafood dinner on the beach. The size of my prawns was SHOCKING. Honestly, I couldn’t eat them alone. Sherry had to crack them open for me; I was just too grossed out.

Each of these things are as big as my hand. Look at those eyes looking at me!

Each of these things are as big as my hand. Look at those eyes looking at me!

Then we toured the most-visited site in Spain, the Sagrada Familia, designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Oh my! It really was different than any other cathedral I have visited.

Our tour guide explained in both English AND Spanish, which was a nice exercise for Theo's beginning Spanish.

Our tour guide explained in both English AND Spanish, which was a nice exercise for Theo’s beginning Spanish.

Click through to follow us on our tour…

The Sagrada Familia looks a little different even from a distance.

The Sagrada Familia looks a little different even from a distance. It was begun in 1882, but note how it is still under construction.

 

The first side we approached was actually the end of the life of Christ. Sculptures cover the facade.

The first side we approached was actually the end of the life of Christ, called the Passion facade. Sculptures cover each facade.

 

The scuptures on this side are by the artist Josep Maria Subirachs.

The scuptures on this side are by the artist Josep Maria Subirachs. Theo calls his Jesus “Minecraft Jesus” because it is so blocky.

 

This kiss of Judas seemed even more cold in this geometric style. And interesting is the number puzzle included beside it: any four touching numbers in this grid are supposed to add up to 33, Jesus' age at death.

This kiss of Judas seemed even more cold in this geometric style. And interesting is the number puzzle included beside it: any four touching numbers in this grid are supposed to add up to 33, Jesus’ age at death.

Some of the many towers around the cathedral were topped with food.

Some of the many towers around the cathedral were topped with food.

We entered the cathedral at the Nativity façade.

The facade seemed to be dripping with sculpture and carvings.

The facade seemed to be dripping with sculpture and carvings.

Jesus is born! Clearly this is not the same artist as the other side.

Jesus is born! Clearly this is not the same artist as the other side.

I love how the angels have metal horns.

I love the angels’ horns.

We walked under the nativity procession to enter the cathedral, which was honestly not anything like I expected.

We walked under the nativity procession to enter the cathedral, which was honestly not anything like I expected.

The exterior of the Sagrada Familia is interesting, although to me, not especially lovely. Not my esthetic. Inside, though…oh my goodness! The light, the color, the space is overwhelmingly beautiful. It’s amazing!

A huge sense of space.

A huge sense of space.

Stained glass everywhere!

Stained glass everywhere!

Definitely not your medieval cathedral.

Definitely not your medieval cathedral.

This is a cathedral filled with people whose chins are all pointed up.

This is a cathedral filled with people whose chins are all pointed up.

Several different stones were used in the columns.

Several different stones were used in the columns.

The rainbow made into a window.

The rainbow made into a window.

Perfect for meditating.

Perfect for meditating.

I love it.

I love it.

They are actually only mostly done installing the stained glass. And there will  still be a lot of white light as well. The plan has always been to be a place of illumination.

They are actually only mostly done installing the stained glass. And there will still be a lot of white light as well. The plan has always been to be a place of illumination.

We left the cathedral through the doors to the passion side, over the palm procession.

We left the cathedral through the doors to the passion side, over the palm procession.

And past the word portals. As a word-lover, this is possibly the coolest door ever.

And past the word portals. As a word-lover, this is possibly the coolest door ever.

We have more Barcelona still to come.

 

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