Random 71: Poignant

Poignant

The more the gadgets,

the more the loneliness.

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आधुनिक परिवार 

घर है, लोग हैं। 

सबकी अपनी खिड़कियाँ  और 

अपनी दीवारें  हैं। 

-रुपाली 

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Gaudi’s Work: Nature, Religion and Geometry

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator ~ Antoni Gaudí

The Sagrada Família is a one-of-a-kind temple, for its origins, foundation and purpose. Fruit of the work of genius architect Antoni Gaudí, the project was promoted by the people for the people. Five generations now have watched the Temple progress in Barcelona. Today, more than 135 years after the laying of the cornerstone, construction continues on the Basilica.

Gaudi embedded religious symbolism in each aspect of La Sagrada Familia, creating a visual representation of Christian beliefs. He designed three iconic facades for the basilica, the Glory, Nativity, and Passion facades, facing south, east, and west, respectively. The sculpting of the Nativity facade recalls smooth, intricate corbelling and was overseen by Gaudi. 

Reference: https://www.archdaily.com/438992/ad-classics-la-sagrada-familia-antoni-gaudi

The columns are inclined and branched-like trees.
The straight line belongs to Man. The curved line belongs to God ~ Antoni Gaudi

During our stay in Barcelona, three times we were around Sagrada Familia but only once to enter it.

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família

History of the Temple – Sagrada Família

And if you are interested in mathematics, do check – AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE GEOMETRICAL ELEMENTS IN GAUDI’S ARCHITECTURE

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One can find the earlier posts on Barcelona:

Barcelona Part 1

Barcelona Part 2

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Lens artisits photo challenge

Jos Monday Walk

The astounding interior of Gaudi’s Building

Mosaic created by putting together broken ceramic tiles
The decorated pillars
In the back garden
Blue light well: Looking up
Looking down
Rounded arches – Service area in the loft

These images were taken during our visit to Casa Batlló in Barcelona.  It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, and is considered one of his masterpieces. In 2005, Casa Batlló became an UNESCO World Heritage Site among the other works of Antoni Gaudí.

Six Word Saturday

Monday Walk

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This is the second post on my Barcelona visit.

You can find the first one here: Barcelona

Blissful Travel – Part 2 – Barcelona

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

In last couple of months Europe started to open partially within Schenghen area and the covid situation in Barcelona was under control in recent times. Barcelona was on my list for a while but some how I missed the opportunity more than once. We decided to make it happen before it is too late.

We booked one of the H 10 hotels in the centre which was quite convenient. We really like the place and their services. (… more in another post). We visited typical touristic places but in a slow pace. We chose 3 day local travel card over hop on hop off buses. It gave us more freedom to explore.

The current day technology help us in all possible ways but then along side it also scared us, the side effect of being very concious. I thought of not taking camera with me on the very first day. I took out mobile once we were inside a restaurant 😁. We enjoyed a good number of sea food dishes during our stay. We learned to be patient and stand in a queue outside restaurants, which are favourite among the locals. These people don’t book it online 😀

We appreciate many things but foremost the work of famous Catalan architects like Antoni Gaudi and Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

Our first stop:

The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site – an art nouveau complex & former hospital with mosaics, stained glass & gardens. The most important work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect of Modernisme. Declared World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997 for its singularity and artistic beauty, the Art Nouveau Site comprises an architectural complex of 12 pavilions set in green space and interconnected by a kilometre of underground galleries.

Due to restoration projects sadly most of the complex was closed for visitors.

Do you feel disappinted when museums or display units or service providers fail to inform you about their limitations before you pay?

This is an excellent place to visit when in Barcelona. We were impressed by the idea of starting a hospital 6 centuries ago and maintaining such small details where history and innovation go hand in hand. There are so many things I would like to share about this place but I feel the max. length of the post is attended. Also shall have a new post to present our findings from the visits to Antoni Gaudi’s magestic work.

We felt safe while walking on the streets and taking any kind of public transportations and have not came across any unplesant incidence. There were not so many tourists walking around and hence the usual pickpocket teams and other scam experts were on holidays/hibernating. My guess 😀

Lens artists photo challenge

Monday Walk

And in case if you have missed the earlier part – Blissful travel – Part 1– Oslo

It’s All about the Light

These images were taken at the Grand-Place or the central square of the City of Brussels during our last trip in 2019. The Grand-Place is considered as one of the most beautiful places of the world.

Brussels is also known as the “Chocolate Capital of the World”.

A sweet tooth –

A meal is insufficient,

without a piece of chocolate/sweet.

Small it may be.

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Sweet tooth is an idiom that has been in use since the 1300s.

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कुछ मीठा हो जाए

Second entry for this week’s Len artists photo challenge