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March 05, 2009


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Wow! Sounds like a great place to visit, and I love the image of sumo wrestling continents. Thanks for the post.

Intriging and historic(some tragic)"stories in stone" of world class cities.

During a US Navy "Med" cruise in the late 1970's, I spent almost two weeks during the Christmas holidays in Barcelona and loved it's charm, walking down the Las Ramblas,the old architecture and the delicious paella! I also saw the interesting geology and abby at Montserrat. I was not aware though of the sad story behind some of the damaged churches in the city. I was recently looking at some of my old photos and the images reminded me of how family oriented the people were at that time with children, parents and grandparents filling the streets and parks.

There was a lot of warm,rich earth colors and chiaroscuro elements in the street scences and walls of sandstone(a distinction of rock nomenclature, I was not really aware of at the time!)as a result of the low position of the winter sun. I used a higher ASA rated color film which gave the images sort of soft focus graininess,also due to the low light. Good memories. Thanks Micheal for the geological travelogue.

Seems like the topic of Spain has been popping up often for me lately. Recently, I have watched some episodes of the food and travel show called "Spain,On the Road Again" on the cable network Create TV and would love to go back to some rustic and scenic areas I have not seen like Galicia. The diverse food and ambience is enticing also!

Jules - I completely agree. Barcelona is a very atmospheric city and one with endless discoveries to be made. Turn every corner, and there's something new and different, look up and the sensation is repeated. Add the hustle and bustle of Barcelonans, the terrific food (and wines), and the variety of unique little shops, and it's a random wanderer's paradise. I definitely have to go back. And then, of course, there's the contrast between the old town and the modernist quarter, the strange and fascinating works of Gaudi - but more of that later.

Thanks for the comment!

Thanks for the information. Very interesting. Do you know the name of the Square where the bullet holes are? I am travelling to el Escorial and Belchite before flying back from Barcelona in Novmber. I would like to visit Montjuic whilst I am there.

Best wishes

Geoff - thanks for the comment and apologies for the delay in responding - I'm travelling again and have been unconnected for a few days.

The square is the Plaza de San Felipe Neri (Plaça Sant Felip Neri in Catalan.

If you shed any further light on the true story, let me know!

Enjoy your travels


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