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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Leaving something to remember

Is it unusual to think about leaving something to be remembered for? Margery and I have just returned from a 3 day stay in what must be one of the most exciting cities in the world, Barcelona. Not just because their football team overwhelmed Manchester United but because each year we try to see one or two great places and there are not many to beat it.
It really has everything from wonderful beaches and marinas but the most fantastic Gothic quarter, Cathedral, the world famous Ramblas and of course the architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

He lived for the last 2 years of his life in the cathedral which he started in about 1902 and which will be finished one day. "God is in no hurry" was his answer when asked about completion. He was knocked down be a tram when in his late 70's and nobody recognised him and walked by. He died a few days later.
And he really did leave something to be remembered. So many quite extraordinary buildings. Quirky perhaps but quite wonderful in vision and in detail.

He started to build a town in a park but this was way before people were ready for it so his Parc Guell only has two houses but what a Parc?  It is really worth seeing.

Then add all the sunshine and great squared and restaurants and we will certainly go again. Pity about flying though. The security processes are now making the experience quite horrible and one cannot help but think we are overdoing it. Maybe Barcelona by rail would be OK.




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