Sagrada Familia: Door Detail Barcelona

Barcelona has some Very Big Doors

Barcelona does indeed have some very big doors….. ……..but none so grand, in my opinion, as this one at Sagrada Familia Cathedral. And what about that handle (if that’s what it is) at the top left corner? Even when I pulled myself up to my full five feet five and three quarter inches, I still couldn’t quite reach it to let myself in.     Like every other square inch of this wonderful building, both inside and outside, the detail is stunning:   And this wasn’t even the main entrance! That was bigger. To see more doors from around the world, why not pop over to Norm’s Thursday Doors

Where do Victorian Chimney-Pots go when they Retire?

Question: Where do Chimney-Pots go when they Retire?  Answer: They go to a rehoming centre aka a salvage yard.   Anyone who loves rummaging around through mountains of Victoriana would think they’d died and gone to heaven in this salvage yard we visited recently. We were looking for an old, but perfectly formed, chimney pot to use as a planter in the garden. Talk about being spoiled for choice!!!!!   Knife-sharpener anyone? Mangle? I can just about imagine these things being used (though they do pre-date me by a quite a few decades).   This is a small corner of the yard . The whole place must have been the size of a football pitch:   Another corner:   I think this area might be the Bargain Basement:   After great deliberation we selected this chimney-pot.    It’s now in our garden and planted with pansies. It looks very nice indeed.    

Barcelona: La Pedrera – Where Chimney-pots have Warrior Faces

Barcelona: Casa Milà (La Pedrera): Rooftop Perhaps there are lots of traditional chimney pots that look like faces, but none as can be as spectacular as those on the roof of Casa Milà (La Pedrera) in Barcelona. This modernist building in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, was built between 1906 and 1912. When it was built, its avant-garde style subjected it to much ridicule. This led to it being nicknamed “La Pedrera” meaning “The Stone Quarry”. It was also referred to as “The Easter Cake”.  Nowadays, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “The Works of Antoni Gaudi”.    As you approach it along the Passeig De Gràcia you can just about see the tops of a couple of chimney-pots:     Then after a few hours marvelling at the interior of the building, you step out onto the roof. And WOW!:     A Catalan poet described the roof space as “The Garden of Warriors” defending the skylights and the atrium:   They are everywhere. And they are HUGE.   I’ve just found the most amazing virtual tour on La Pedrera Website here, so if you can’t get to Barcelona right away, you can always […]

A Winter Walk around Brockholes Nature Reserve

A Winter Walk around Brockholes Nature Reserve A couple of weeks ago we visited Brockholes, a local nature reserve, on a frosty afternoon. Our walk started from the Floating Visitors’ Centre.  Yes Floating ! 400 tonnes of wood and concrete float on a pontoon in the middle of the lake. The design and construction are fascinating to read about and information can be found here as I can’t begin to describe or explain how it all works. There should be a sense of mysterious discovery through the reeds that inspires people to come and explore,” says Adam Khan, as we walk along a curving path that cleverly frames glimpses of the rooftops between landscaped beams. “We wanted the building to sit like a creature with its nose poking out of the foliage – architect Adam Khan     One of the trails follows part of the Ribble Way:   This part of the trail can also accommodate cyclists:   The cycle trail veers off uphill before Boilton Woods, keeping the woods tranquil for both walkers and wildlife:   Out of the woods we walked on the boardwalks through the reedbeds:   We saw lots of  waterfowl, woodland birds, a couple of […]

The Construction of Sagrada Familia

The Construction of Sagrada Familia Cathedral (or more correctly “Basilica”) in Barcelona has been going on for a very long time; since 1882 in fact. When the first architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar, resigned a year later in 1883, the project was taken over by Antoni Gaudi who totally changed the design. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked: “My client (God) is not in a hurry.” When Gaudí died in 1926, the basilica was between 15 and 25 percent complete. – Wiki The finishing date has recently been given as mid to late 2020’s. Let’s see. We’re going back next year to check up on progress! I took this first picture from an open-topped bus on our first day in Barcelona:     I took these next pictures the day we visited Sagrada Familia:     To see the colourful interior please click here.   Thanks again to Cee for her Black & White Challenges:

A Dragon, a Lamp and an Umbrella

A Dragon, a Lamp and an Umbrella isn’t a combination you see every day. And it does seem unusual enough for Cee’s OddBall Challenge. The dragon and his belongings are to be found on the Casa Bruno Cuadros on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. The building dates from 1858, but was remodelled in 1883 by Catalan architect Josep Vilasca i Casanovas. A trader called  Bruno Cadres Vidal rented a shop on the ground floor to sell umbrellas, parasols, fans and shawls, most of which were imported from Japan. The designs on the  exterior reflect this. Nowadays, it is a bank…..how boring…..though the dragon probably still breathes fire when no one is looking.         To see more OddBalls from bloggers around the world, click here.

Sagrada Familia: Colours of Light

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is to post images showing Big and Small. I’ve seldom felt as small as when I visited Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. It is the biggest building I’ve ever been inside and what an experience it was. I was in Wonderland, The Hall of the Mountain King, The Greatest Wonder of the Modern World.  I was in the basilica that the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi designed for his city and which has been under construction since 1883. Rumour has it that it may be finished in the mid-2020’s. Whilst my tourist snapshots don’t do it justice at all, they do serve to remind me of its beauty and its grandeur. It is quite simply breath-taking. (If you want to see some professional pictures of it they are here on the Sagrada Familia Website. Or better still book yourself a trip to Barcelona and enjoy it all first hand. Travel Tip: skip breakfast, get there early and have a pre-booked timed-entry ticket. Once you’re inside you can stay as long as you like). By getting there early and being in no hurry to leave, we were able to follow the light as the sun shone at different angles, highlighting […]

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