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Barcelona Through a Tattered Lens

We began our “Spring Adventure” with a three day stay in Barcelona, Spain. We’d never been there before, and really knew very little about the area other than it had been recommended by several different people we’d met on other trips. Invariably when talking about favorite cities, Barcelona would be mentioned.

We went through Costco for our airfare and hotel, which turned out to be a GREAT idea. The only hotel they had available at the time we booked was the “W” and it turned to be so cool. It sat right on the Mediterranean Sea. Although it was a bit of an optical illusion, it LOOKED like if you could open the windows, you could jump right in. What a fabulous way to start an adventure!

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Everything about this place was fabulous (well, except for the lighting – we never did get it figured out!) The people were incredibly friendly – every single contact with an employee was top notch. I know I’m just a regular old person, but I’ve got to tell you, I LIKE being treated like I’m special!

Even the dishes were cool!

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We are so ruled by our stomachs! Being vegetarians, we have to compromise on meals away from home, at times. And when we’re in a foreign language country, menus can be challenging. So when you find a vegetarian restaurant, life is good! The hotel recommended the three Teresa Carles restaurants, and we tried all three! Not the BEST we’ve ever had, but very good, and it was SO nice to be able to try anything on the menu! Vegetarian restaurant in BARCELONA! We were amazed.

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Barcelona is such a charming city – very much like London in its mix of old and new. It is located on the northeast coast of Spain in an area called Catalonia, and shares a border with France. The people there have wanted their independence from Spain for many years, feeling much more kinship to the rest of Europe. They even outlawed bull fighting. And man do they love their “football” (soccer!) Of course, having the best team in the world helps, I guess!

One of my more odd loves is “lighting fixtures.” Have you noticed that about me? It appeared to me that in each neighborhood of the city, they had a different type of fixture lining the streets…

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Just LOVED the old architecture…

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And I got my first introduction to the art and architecture of Antoni Gaudi. I have to wonder sometimes what rock I live under. How did I not know about this guy?

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Seriously. That is the wall of a house. More about him and his work another day.

So, a few more photos taken around town…

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And we discovered “Cava,” a sparkling rose, at a small, artisan winery. And yes, we had some shipped home. Can’t wait to share it with the kids!

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Stay tuned for two more days of Barcelona – one at Monserrat Monastery and one at Guell Park.

I’m Still Alive!

…Although to check in on the blog, you’d have to wonder!

It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, or haven’t “done” anything, but more like just not taking the time to sit down and document it. Life getting in the way of the blog, so to speak. THAT makes me laugh!

So, I guess this post is presented to “get you caught up” on the craziness that is my life! If nothing else, it’ll help you appreciate yours!

We arrived home from the Chile/Antarctica trip just in time to get the Christmas decorations up. My daughter and DIL put the tree up for me and got the lights on it. They would have decorated it themselves, but it HAS to be done a certain way, and I wasn’t about to make them responsible for that (or let them be?) Heeheehee! I actually got it all completed by Christmas Eve, in time for our every year celebration at our house.

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I’d promised Mr. Tattered that I would get my pitiful garden ripped out and prepare for starting over after the holidays, and before I knew it, the new year was here. I watched the kids during the week, and worked on the garden on the weekends.

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I had every intention of getting back in the swing of blogging, but there kept being issue after issue – nothing creative going on, having problems with my photo editing program, busy, busy, busy.

Plus, I needed to get the Christmas decor down and put away, and that is a task I dread. It seemed like the decorations multiplied every time I turned the lights out. I finally got it all down, but truth be told, there are still some boxes in the bedroom that need to go up in the rafters!

Somewhere in there was a trip to Las Vegas to do the paperwork for our “global entry” cards – useful in getting back into the country after being overseas.

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And, no. We did NOT stay at Trump Towers, but it was the first thing I saw from our hotel room.

Then there was a birthday cake to make for Lexi’s birthday,

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a little day trip to Daffodil Hill,

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and getting my cards ready for National Letter Writing Month. I couldn’t fully participate this year because I wasn’t going to be home to receive mail so I could answer it, but the admins let me have the addresses for all the 40+ “madness” players so I could at least mail them each a card!

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The more time that went by, the harder it was to get back into the blog. Then came spring, and with it our BIG vacation, which took us out of town for over 6 weeks – a few days in Barcelona, 3 weeks cruising the Mediterranean, and 3 weeks in the UK.  And now it’s nearly June!

Well, it’s now or never – I either get my act together, or I quit blogging. At this moment I don’t know which will win.

We’ve been home for a few days, and we’ve emptied the suitcases into piles on the living room floor, putting away a few things each day. I’m back to watching the kids, and it’s slow going with getting things shaped up. I had big plans for accomplishing a LOT over the three day weekend, but we’ve watched t.v. caught upon mail, gone grocery shopping, and to a family birthday party instead. One day left. I REALLY need to make a dent.

I have lots of material for blogs – I took a ton of photos, and plan to do an abbreviated overview of the trip. I sort of thought I’d be able to get it started while we were gone, but unlike most cruises where we’ve had sea days, this one was wall to wall outings every single day of the cruise, then 3 weeks running around every day in the UK. The blog just took a back seat. Poor thing. I think I nearly killed Mr. Tattered. He is REALLY glad to get home and be able to rest.

So.

Here we are.

Are you up for hanging out with me while I get back into the swing of things?

 

 

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