You know that moment when something catches off your guard? When you just weren’t expecting that. Kerr-poww!!! …Av that!. Well, I had one recently and it left me jaw-open-speach-less. After about a minute, I had to consciously remind myself to breathe. I think it’s fair to say that Angie & I ‘get about a bit’, we’ve ‘seen some fantastic buildings, but I’ve never been stunned like the moment I walked through the doors & into The Sagrada Familia cathedral. I just wasn’t expecting that. The contrast, the open-ness, the minimalism, the height!.I’d never seen a picture of the inside, lots of the outside, but never the inside, so I didn’t know what to expect, but it wasn’t that! I could prattle on for several paragraphs on Antoni Gaudi and Sagrada Familia, but this is neither a history or art blog, so I’m not going to, but, just to remind myself later on, when I’m old & gray.
George Orwell described Sagrada Familia as “one of the most hideous buildings I have ever set eyes on”. It was originally just going to be a run-of-th-mill neo-Gothic church. The original architect ran out of money & walked off the job. In 1883 Gaudi took over & devoted the rest of his life to designing “the people’s cathedral”, until he was hit by a tram in 1926, the “Cathedral” not even half-finished 43 years later! (Imagine how the tram driver felt!…I’ve run over who?) Well the council had a decision to make & they decided to crack on with it. It’s still not done. Apparently, not one €uro of Spanish tax payers money has been spent on it, so when the donations and entry fee money run out, work stops! It really is a fantastic tribute to Gauidi’s religious beliefs & a building that should be on everyone’s ‘Bucket list’. Pre-book online, include the audio guide & allow at least 3 hours, bring binoculars! It’s an easy 30 min walk from ‘the centre’ of Bcn & the Mc D’s outside do great coffee for €1 ! (toilets & WiFi) There’s a park next door (Gaudi …not Gorky) when you can reserve your very own park bench for lunch at www.tramps-beds.com
Well, the orignal intention was to do 4 or more days in Bcn centre, but we both feel ‘pooped-out’ after all that we’ve done recently, so we had two ‘down days,’ loafing, pottering & planning, a couple of scoots out on Frankie & then we’re off into the foot-hills of Salou, for a bit of something entirely different.
Sally the sat-nav’s tale of woe!
GPS, don’t ya just love ’em?
Little Sal, only has UK & French maps, she checked out mid Pyrenees.
Big Sal #1 “just died” 3 days before GO day.
Big Sal #2 takes 3-6 re-boots to wake up, then drifts into deep sleep at the worst possible moment.
Brian the Pion (Built-in Pioneer unit), just will not shut up, announcing every corner 5 times, he’s slow, jerky & just not in the right place.
So the budget’s just been ripped up.
May I introduce you to senorita Kathy, a Tom Tom GO 50, at €180 she’s not cheap, but seems to know where she’s going.
…..which is more than we do!
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