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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Gaudi, Gaudi, Gaudi - Barcelona, Spain: April 29, 2019

Gaudi Crypt/Church at Colonia Güell
Yesterday was election day in Catalonia and today there is a metro strike. We planned to take the metro to a train line but walked the distance to the train line instead. Colonia Güell is about 7.5 miles out of Barcelona. Mr. Güell commissioned Gaudi to design a church for the village he built around his textile factory. The village was populated by his textile workers.

The church was originally designed to have two naves but somewhere along the line after the ground floor nave/crypt was constructed, the second floor nave was nixed. Gaudi left the job and the church was consecrated in its "as is" condition. The literature states that it was here that Gaudi experimented with and proved many of the techniques used in later commissions.

Four massive rough-hewn, basalt columns support the structure. The moveable pews were also designed by Gaudi.

The Entrance Door Mosaic with symbols of Faith, Hope, and Charity

So many Gaudi buildings and so little time. We did manage to attend a ballet by Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon at the magnificent Liceu Opera House. We also just walked and walked exploring as much of Barcelona as we could.

La Boqueria is a market for the mouth. Iberian Ham is king here but there are also cheeses, seafoods, prepared foods, fresh vegetables and fruits, candies, and restaurant bars for sangria and wine.

Barcelona Bull Arena now a shopping mall 
Catalonia National Museum of Art

Barcelona Basilica
We truly enjoyed our short three days in Barcelona, and look forward to returning again--maybe in 2026.