Weekend 128: A winter walk (Pre covid)

Winter has settled in well and I do take a walk almost everyday but there is nothing new to exhibit. I checked my archives and decided to revive an old hike/walk. For a cold sunny day the weather was perfect for a long walk on the mountains. Come along folks…

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~ Plato

It is the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see ~ Henry David Thoreau

Walking gives time to reflect. Don’t rush.

The light and the hope of a life

All good things are wild and free.~ Henry David Thoreau

कुदरत की खूबसूरती पर मुस्कुराता हूं मैं 

दीवाना मैं अकेला तो नहीं।  

How to sit on the bench
To be continued…

I find weekly challenges interesting and enjoy participating in a couple of challenges every week. These challeges give opportunities to meet people, watch their work and learn about new things and places. My daily or weekly walks are linked to Jo’s Monday Walks. From last year I am also participating in Debbie’s Six Word Saturday challenge. Selecting a photo(s) and composing a six word caption for the same is a fun activity. Here I present one of my earlier entries (April 2021) to Six Word Saturday with the title “Fresh snow was served for breakfast

Lens artists photo challenge doesn’t need any introduction as we all wait for the theme every Saturday. My heartfelt thanks to the LAPC team for bringing us all together in this weekly activity.

Stay safe and be kind.

Unseen images of 2021

A little accident
Cherry Blossom obsession
The Blue Poppy

In life the only thing that you can expect is the unexpected; the only surprise is a day that has none ~Joan Rivers

The humble fold
A new look
Glacier tounge

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art ~ Maya Angelou

The Valley
The petals
 Unfurling
The snow
The light

Instead of looking for favourites I looked for unseen beauties. I hope you like them too.

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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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Jos Monday Walk

Random 51: Celebrating Culture – A Culinary walk

No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers ~ Laurie Colwin

Samosa

Love and care are as vital as measurements.

Passing out all and even encouraging participation

No secret recipe

Still it tastes different.

Spicy Chicken Marinade

Learning is fun. Tasting is more fun.

Last weekend I was on a mission to cover a cooking event. The participation was free but limited and people were asked to register in advance due covid restrictions. The event was supported by municipality to promote food and culture.

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Nature has provided us all.

Sharing is our culture.

Expecting nothing in return.

Other than a smile.

Stay blessed.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

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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 😀

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Monday Walk

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

Blissful Travel – Getting back to Normal – Part1

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.~ Rachel Wolchin

The posts you saw last week were all scheduled. Thanks to WP. I was away. First travelled to Oslo and then to Barcelona. Attending conference post covid was quite surreal.

Oslo is ready for a pre-Christmas period full of magic. On Monday, after the sessions we enjoyed a stroll at the Christmas market in Oslo senter.

All is well that ends well.

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Monday walk

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Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul. – Jaime Lyn Beatty

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Next destination: Part 2 – Barcelona