Alhambra Memories

I’ve been thinking, for a while, of finally posting a few photos of the magnificent Alhambra in Granada Spain that we visited last spring. It seemed that winter would be a great time to see those images. It’s been unseasonably warm in Toronto off and on, but today is the perfect cold day to recall the warmth of Spain. I also received a nudge to finally post these photos from Catherine Cronin’s blog, Cat Among the Pigeons Press. She’s an artist whose work I love and who recently posted drawings of the Alhambra gardens. She’s also got some great linocuts of the Alhambra that I’ll reblog right after this post.







Back to Spain & The Sagrada Familia

When we were in Spain this spring, we went to The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi spent over 40 years designing the temple, but many other architects, designers and sculptors have been involved in this massive project that began construction in 1882, a year before Gaudi was involved.  For details, go to

Here are a few of the many, many photos I took of the temple.

Here’s The Sagrada Familia rising over the trees as we approached through the park. If you look closely you can see a touch of the gorgeous light purple jacaranda blossoms that greeted us in Spain. The temple’s construction is still underway, which was not a detraction for me, but only added more drama to the scene.

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Here’s some of the amazingly detailed carvings on the facade.

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Blue and green light is cast into the temple from the stained glass on one side, orange and yellow on the other.

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Gaudi’s Roofs

Some of the most amazing parts of the Gaudi houses that we saw in Barcelona were the roofs. Instead of having the more usual chimneys and vents which he considered ugly, he created sculptural structures, sometimes covered in mosaics, that served the same functions but that he found beautiful.  Walking on the roofs of Casa Batllo and Casa Mila was a surreal experience, particularly on the roof of Casa Mila. Here, we felt in the presence of sci-fi creations. It was quite a mind-altering experience walking among these giant beings, looking down on the roof tops of surrounding houses.

Casa Batllo Roof:

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Casa Mila roof and view of buildings below:

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I returned from a trip to Spain last week. I travelled with my husband to Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Granada and Sevilla and saw many beautiful sights, ate fabulous food, felt the sunshine and warmth of the weather and the people. While away, I didn’t do any drawing or writing other than keeping track of our excursions in a journal. But I took many photos that I’ll show you over the next while.

One of the most moving experiences for me was seeing the architecture of Gaudi who I felt was one of the greatest artists whose work I have seen. In Barcelona, we visited Casa Batllo, one of the houses he designed in the early 1900s. What impressed me the most was that no detail was too small for the architect. He paid attention to everything–from the large shapes, the stained glass, the mosaics, down to the shapes of the handles on the doors. Here are some photos inside Casa Batllo that I took.

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