Bloggin’ from Barcelona 2015

For the past ten years, in the first week of June, I have had the pleasure of going with hubby to Barcelona. He goes for business and I tag along. Even though in ten years we have seen so many incredible parts of Barcelona we always manage to find something new.DSC00120

The city itself is overwhelming with all of it’s architectural detail. An afternoon stroll down any back street is a designer’s dream for inspiration.

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Something as simple as a  fountain becomes a work of art complete with urns and hand painted tile murals.

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Even a local hostel is situated in such an elegantly designed building.

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When we travel, we usually will keep several days open for exploring. We knew that Monday is a good day because that is the day of the antique market. It is held in the square in front of the Cathedral in the  “Barrí Gotíc” section of the city.

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Vendors are very friendly and are very happy to speak English.The city of Barcelona has very deep religious roots and it is evident by the array of articles for sale.

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Hand carved Madonnas and angels are abundant.

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This time, however I did notice a lot of Equestrian articles I would have been happy to bring home…

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This dapple grey seems to be very comfortable among the holy!

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An entire showcase of horse items made it hard to choose just one.

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I wondered how many kids would know what these were….

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After the market, we went for a walk through the side streets to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with gelato, guitar music, and tapas. The local shops are fun for buying souvenirs such as all things Flamenco.

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A street vendor’s fans..

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These “elephant ears” were the largest I have ever seen and even came with three different frostings.

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This turned out to be a candy store! The candy is packed in pill bottles.

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Around a corner, we came upon a small church that we had never seen before,

La Iglesia Santa Anna S. X11.

It was across the street from an open courtyard.

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One does not have to be a certain religion to enjoy the beauty and history of the many churches in the city. It is always humbling to see the art, gardens, sculpture, and architectural details they have to offer.DSC00118

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For a minor fee, the grounds are open for viewing as well as the incredible interiors.

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A detail of the ceiling….

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and the mosaic floor-

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Wrought iron balconies and gates..

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Most of the churches have crypts in the floors which are marked with some kind of inscription as to who lies there. DSC00110

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Above ground memorials are also very common.

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More examples of religious art..

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This is a replica of “The Black Virgin”, the patron saint of Catalonia, Spain. The statue is a very popular symbol for the people with a very rich and interesting story. The city of Montserrat houses the original. People travel up the mountain by cable car to stand in line to touch the statue. I have been lucky enough to do so. What made it even more special is that just this week I found out that on my maternal side, my roots originated in Catalonia.

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Late in the day we took the metro to go see the progress of the Cathedral of the Sagrada Família. Designed by the famous Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí, the building was started in 1882 and is not expected to finish until about 2026. We have been to the church several times with each visit revealing new parts being completed. This time, there was a two hour wait to go in so I was only able to get pictures from the outside. It’s presence is still so overpowering, that even to see the exterior is worth the trip. This is what is called the Nativity Facade. It has tripled in size since the last time we saw it.

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To tell the history of this church would require a very large post. It is definitely worth researching!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia

For our accommodations this year, we returned to stay at the the Hotel SB Diagonal  (https://www.facebook.com/hotelsbdiagonalzero?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser).

It is located blocks from the beach, has a spa, and a rooftop pool. For the rest of the week, this is where I could be found!

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íSoy una mujer afortunada!

The 2015 Country Living Fair

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This past week was consumed with moving out of the old house in between rain storms. To take a break from work, this past Sunday I went with my friend Jerry to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

We couldn’t have had a nicer day. The skies were blue and the temperature was perfect for a day of walking. Once again, the fair did not disappoint. We entered at the calico flags and began the journey.

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The entrance of the fair has always been promoted by “Sisters On The Fly” to encourage the hobby of “R.V.ing” DSC00030

Members leave their trailers open for everyone to enjoy.

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The flamingos gave us an idea what to expect to see this year. There was an overall theme of “Kitsch” with a lot of the vendors, whether it was in the crafts or the antiques.

In the first building, we were greeted by this display of embroidered boots and shoes.

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No two were alike. We were thinking Austin Powers meets Stubbs and Wootton!

These light fixtures were made from old globes.

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This lamp would look great in a log cabin;

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As would these very patriotic quilts.

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Beautiful furniture and structures from Romancing The Woods were very impressive.

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For my Equestrian side, I loved this painting

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I really wanted to take home this vintage carousel horse head, but it was slightly over budget.

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One of the vendors was “Olde Good Things” from Scranton, Pa. When we were building the Money Pit, we made several purchases of architectural salvage from them. It’s a fun place to visit.

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The vignettes were thoughtfully put together.

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Animals seemed to be a common theme.

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A rooster topiary

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Even flying pigs!

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I loved these ice cream cones made from stone

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These are my two favorite places to be..

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And speaking of the garden, lots of fun and original items to choose from.

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Interior accessories included Florentine and Venetian styles.

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Very pretty Swedish reproductions with their typical light and airy finishes

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And some very colorful displays..

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Vintage fabrics

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Birdhouses

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Old millenery supplies

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A pair of painted metal lamps

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This hutch displayed a nice collection of white ceramics

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As did these two vignettes

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The most popular trend seemed to be the human head and face.

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Everywhere we went we seemed to find something looking at us!

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At least three different vendors displayed a new style of crafting lamps; I am not sure what they are called, or if they even have a name, but they definitely were……

Interesting?

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If you are not a fan of “Chuckie” or are disturbed by old dolls dressed in vintage tin, beware the following images!

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We even found molds to make your very own heads!

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I did not buy any of them, but I did not go home empty handed so I was happy.

On the way home we had to drive by our friend Kevin’s house, who has the most beautiful display of peonies. After all those doll photos I thought it would be nice to leave you with this lasting impression.

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