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... and also suffered a similar fate as the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. It came under bombardment by canon balls and much of the church was destroyed. There were a lot of treasures of the church that survived such as the elaborate monstrances. The fifth church I visited was the Basilica de Sants Martirs Justi y Pastor de Barcelona. This church was the first church I saw that had two icons where traditionally an iconostasis would be! There was an icon ...
... joyful and easy to listen without having to break out into an eternal sob. In addition, seeing the Catalans, themselves, enjoying their time there truly made me wonder the ecstatic feel they had to have been feeling back then when their City of Marvels was being shown off to the entire world.
Then going to Mont Juic felt the same way. This hill overlooking the city was just that until the world fair came along. Here it ...
... restaurants but occasionally, the odd gem. It is a beautiful and charming walk all the way to Mirador de Colon, a monument built at the end of Las Ramblas at the edge of the Mediterranean to commemorate Christopher Columbus and his exploits under the patronage of Queen Isabella during the age of discovery.
Along the way we made a short detour into the Mercat la Boqueria, Barcelona's most famous market. The produce on display was fresh and ...
... areas, the children still laughing, the dogs barking, the washing hanging. I think this was the contrast that was needed to put life in Barcelona into prospective. Through the vast contrasts that the city offers, one thing remains the same – everything is so clean – the streets are clean, there are workers sweeping up leaves, no discarded fast food wrappers floating about. The Spanish ...
It was nearly noon in Barcelona, when we touched down. And, we are all exhausted; a long, afternoon nap would be brilliant. Finding our luggage and taking a taxi to the hotel are our next steps. Hopefully, neither will take too terribly long... (One extremely ...
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