Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Barcelona


I've just come back from an excellent vacation in Barcelona.
The city is so relaxed and beautiful and inviting
you can't help but have a good time.


These photos were all taken at the Monastery of Pedralbes
a Gothic monastery founded by King James II of Aragon 
for his wife Elisenda de Montcada in 1326


It is well preserved and cool and tranquil, as you'd expect
and full of treasures and religious objects.


My personal favorites were the simple tools and baskets
evidence of the daily lives of the nuns


There is a central garden with orange trees and herbs
and a small fish pond in the middle


It was very sunny when we were there so the photos are bright
Barcelona! Can't wait to go back.


36 comments:

  1. Looks like an amazing trip, a great place to visit.

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  2. Gosh! I'd love to visit it one day soon - it's been on my wish list for ages! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures!

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  3. Happy you had a excellent trip in Spain. I also love Barcelona a great city! Your pics are gorgeous. Have a nice day !

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  4. I've never been to Spain, now I'll have to put it on the list for someday. The photos you show of Barcelona are very beautiful. xoxo

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  5. My son went to Barcelona a few years ago and loved it. I too like the simplicity of the those baskets and tools. Sarah x

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  6. Such a beautiful place! You've made me want to go, too. I'm with you on the simple tools and baskets... imagine the women who worked with them... Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. That is the best part of history for me, to glimpse the 'little' lives behind the big events. There is something so moving and honest in the simple tools of every day.

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  7. Barcelona is one city I would LOVE to visit!

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  8. You took such amazing photos. It's hard for me to imagine such a beautiful old city as this one so it's nice to learn more about it from you. Enjoy your week sweet friend! Hugs, Diane

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  9. Wow! It looks like an amazing trip!

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    1. It really was :-) Thanks for visiting me, Toni.

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  10. Thank you for sharing. It looks just gorgeous. You took some great photos.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  11. Barcelona is a wonderful place, so glad you had a great time!

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  12. Beautiful photos, Amalia, of a bright Barcelona! How lucky you are to have visited this dramatic city!

    Wishing you a wonderful day!

    xo
    Poppy

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  13. It looks amazing, and although I cannot say what I imagined someones pictures from Barcelona would be, I didn't imagine this, and it is wonderful to see, so I am glad that you shared. Thank you! xx

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  14. Fabulous photos, I would love to visit Barcelona one day! x

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  15. Hi Amalia!

    You visited my blog, now I found you ;-)

    Loved your creations. Here in Brazil we like crochet. Almost every woman knows to do. I'm learning ...

    Beautiful photos in this post,

    Hugs,

    Nanda.

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    1. Thank you Nanda. And I thought your blog was lovely!

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  16. I didn't know that part of Barcelona, very nice pictures. xoxo

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  17. What lovely pictures, and how fabulous the weather!
    Jillxo

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  18. Barcelona looks amazing - I've never been, but hope to one day. My daughter went a couple of years ago and loved it. That orange tree is gorgeous :)
    Cathy x

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  19. How wonderful, Amalia! I've never been to Spain. It is on my bucket list.Your photos are lovely. ♥

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  20. Lucky, lucky you, It sounds like a wonderful place to visit.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  21. What a wonderful place to visit. Love the Gothic arches and the tile work.

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  22. Lucky you-I wish I could go too!

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  23. Your photos show Barcelona's charm and antiquity. My son visited Barcelona while studying Spanish in Spain.

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  24. Those pictures are stunning! The orange tree looks so exotic to me. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Magali! Though I must admit we have plenty of orange trees here, our climate is Mediterranean and really quite similar to Spain. Which is a polite way of saying it gets incredibly hot in the summer :-)

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  25. How fascinating! I've been especially interested in Barcelona ever since taking one of those intriguing quizzes on Facebook, this one was to determine the city in the world that you should live in. I got Barcelona! I hope you post more pictures soon.

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    1. So now I know that you are elegant and fun with a special talent for mixing the old with the new :-)
      I must admit that the whole time I was there I was thinking that I would love to live there for a year or so.

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  26. What lovely pictures, I've never been there but it's on my bucket list. Looks like the weather was kind to you.

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    1. Kind indeed! It rained as we landed but I was too busy to running through the raindrops without an umbrella to take any photos :-) After that it was all sunshine.

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  27. it looks like you had a wonderful time. I love the orange tree. we had a fantastic weekend in Barcelona last year, we walked for miles and miles and saw so many wonderful sights x

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  28. These are beautiful pictures of Barcelona. My daughter visited there a few years ago and had a wonderful time. It was so hot there when she went. I love the picture of the orange tree and the old building. So much history, how wonderful.

    ~Sheri

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