Monday, September 09, 2019

Viva Espana

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My wife and I recently returned from a vacation in Spain.  I haven't posted in months and so it's a pleasure to share some beauty, humor and love that we witnessed. 

Let's start with the Spanish people themselves.  They are as warm and courteous as I'd heard and tolerant of Americans (like me) trying to ask for assistance.  They are also quite well dressed! 

A word about our tour guide, Mr. Federico García Barroso.  Mr. García Barroso is, and I don't often use this word to describe people -- amazing.  He's the kind of man who can affect lives simply by doing what he loves to do, which is sharing his knowledge of Spain's rich history and art.  An accomplished guide, Mr. García Barroso is a lover of music and a fine tenor.  At the closing dinner for our travel group, he sang four songs.  One in French, one in Spanish, one in English and one in Italian.  Here's a taste...CLICK HERE.

The treasure trove of art in Spain including sculptures, paintings and of course, their architecture, has always been a source of pride for the Spanish.  An example; the Basilica known as the Sagrada Familia the construction of which, began in 1882, is one of the most remarkable edifices I've ever seen.  Spanish authorities are working diligently to complete construction in time for the 100th anniversary of the death of its renowned architect Antoni Gaudiby 2026.

Below you'll see a photo -- unretouched and taken only with natural light -- of the interior.  I was amazed by the columns, which resemble trees in a forest.  The tops of the columns literally "branch out" to support the top structure.  (Gaudi's work contains rich symbolism including a marriage of the natural world to the divine and these columns are part of this expression). 

If you have the opportunity, please visit Barcelona and Madrid.   

John Maddente photo