Blogging from Barcelona

Every June, Hubby goes to Spain for business and he never goes alone. I make sure I am right next to him on the plane. This is my 7th time here and it never gets boring. It is warm and sunny and the wine and tapas are everywhere.

My favorite part of the trip is going to the “Barri Gotic”. It is one of the oldest areas of Barcelona. The mostly Gothic Architecture is spectacular.

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As you walk through the narrow cobblestone streets, there is always an echo of someone playing Spanish guitar. But the detail in the buildings are what make the crowds just stop and look up in awe.

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This particular building is completely etched by hand.

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Drinking fountains are elaborate works of art

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It is a pleasure to sit on a bench and see all the handpainted tile murals.DSC01445

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Wrought iron balconies and lanterns are everywhere

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The highlight of the Barri Gotic is the “Catedral” which has just finished an extensive renovation.

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Sunday nights in the square are a big celebration. Everyone dances in traditional Spanish fashion, flowers are made into murals on the ground, Parades and processions of statues march through with traditional music and costumes. Yesterday was the holiday “Segunda Pascua” and the celebration was evident just by looking down!

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It is a very magical experience to be somewhere with such history and tradition!

The Cathedral is a museum of artwork in itself. One does not have to have specific beliefs to go in and enjoy all the glorious detail. Words cannot describe the beauty that awaits inside.

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Around the entire perimeter of the Cathedral are individual rooms honoring patron saints, bishops, etc. Unfortunately they are all gated as they are very ornate and need to be protected from destruction.

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But again, the iron works are also art all forged by hand.

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The following photos were shot within the alcove gates to show the intricate detail and craftsmanship.

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This particular holy person is actually buried in this crypt

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These are more photos of the interior. Crypts on the wall are a common burial.

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The main Altar

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Frieze detail

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Private chapel strictly for prayer

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A stairway leads down to another dedicated chapel. It almost looks like a small Opera House.

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One of the most interesting areas is where all the priests would convene for meetings and seating was allocated by the Coats of Arms. It sits in the middle of the Cathedral and is almost completely closed in. The detail work here is museum worthy.

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Attached to the Cathedral is an outdoor grotto. The long corridor connects the two.

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Candle offerings are always burning

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The ground is almost completely covered by tombstones. Priests have been buried for centuries in the halls and courtyards.

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This was interesting..

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A marble statue in the courtyard

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And another altar

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The central fountain

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The beautiful top with horse and rider

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The courtyard pool which has long been a home to many happy ducks who get fed by the tourists is a favorite with the kids.

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Although not in this area, a huge memorial sits in the circle by the Port Vell. It is in honor of Christopher Columbus’ trip to America. Look way up and he is pointing to the United States of America!

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Got Eggs?

City dwellers everywhere are missing out on the latest trend…

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The Chicken Coop.

                      Yes, dwellings worthy of a five star hotel rating are being built in backyards across America to house country living’s latest must-have pet, the chicken.

(All photos courtesy Pinterest)

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There was a time when my own backyard was filled with chickens. I will admit it was nice to have the fresh eggs in the morning. It gave us a sense of living “off the land” and the kids enjoyed the ritual of gathering them up and proudly bringing them into the kitchen.

But our chickens lived a very simple (maybe deprived?) life compared to the chickens of today!

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Chicken coops have evolved into mini dwellings that have all the comforts of home.

Painted walls…

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vegetable gardens..

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Raccoons are always a threat so some are built on higher ground for protection.

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Or for more security, a fenced in yard.

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These lucky chickens have the McMansion of coops complete with cupola.

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If you are into Hobbits this one is for you..

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Shabby Chic?

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Backwoods Country?

Or secret and secluded.

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Chickens are living in style.

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So I got to thinking…what if I were to build a chicken coop behind The Money Pit?

How fun would it be to have these cute furry creatures roaming around and announcing the break of dawn every day to my unsuspecting neighbors!

The Housing Police would have a field day!!!

But my coop would be very special…

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There would be chandeliers..

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Wall décor..

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Furnishings..

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And of course, stone and wrought iron to match the house

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I hear Guinea hens are even noisier. Maybe I would add a few of them also…