Photo of the Week: Rowing

IMG_9263Madrid, Spain

The beautiful El Parque de Retiro, located in the heart of Madrid, is a popular spot for the city’s residents who go there to row boats and sunbathe.  It was opened in the early seventeenth century with access only granted to members of the monarchy.  The royal family used to host pageants, mock naval battles, and bullfights on these grounds. 

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Photo of the Week: Concrete Forest

IMG_9355Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia is the crown jewel of Barcelona and one of Gaudi’s most famous works; yet it’s been under construction on and off since 1882 and still not complete.  The towering pillars rising up to the vaulted ceiling reflect the colorful lights from the stained glass windows and reminds me of the mottled effect of sunlight pouring through thick branches. Gaudi is well known for his organic style of architecture, drawing inspiration from nature, so it’s not far-fetched to enter the cathedral and imagine yourself walking amongst a concrete forest. This is one of my all time favorite cathedrals. 

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Photo of the Week: Skylight

IMG_9868Barcelona, Spain

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a well-known classical concert venue in Barcelona, and long considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.  From the facade to the stage, the design of the Palau is ornate and rich in organic motifs that symbolize Catalan culture.  

The music hall is illuminated by natural light that shines through the intricate stained glass ceiling pictured above.  This masterpiece of creativity and imagination was designed by Antoni Rigalt to represent the sun and the sky.

 

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Photo of the Week: Glass House

IMG_9278Madrid, Spain

This week, I am showcasing the beautiful crystal palace located in the center of Retiro Park taken on our trip to Madrid, Spain.  This beautiful building is made entirely of glass, surrounded by a detailed iron framework.  It was initially used as a greenhouse, but now functions as an art exhibition. When we were there, the space was empty and we just wandered around the open design while marveling at the blue sky shining through the latticed glass façade.   

The front entrance of this beautiful palace leads to a small pond filled with floating trees with their willow-like leafs hanging low over the water that reminded me of the bayou.  Weaving through the trees are a family of black swans that have made the lake their home.  Altogether, it creates quite a picturesque image reminiscent of something straight out of a fairy tale.

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