Sunday, July 9, 2017

Outstanding in the City

One day is more outstanding than the next!
Major contributing factor is the ease in which Swan and I travel together.
We both have a penchant for museums, exploring on foot,
and balancing tapas with healthy vegan meals.
Keeping track of our quotidian adventures makes me aware of how ground we're covering.
Our pace seems leisurely, but then again we're over achievers.
Today started on at hilltop overlooking the city at the spectacular Joan Miro Foundation,
followed by a walk through lush gardens to the Palau Nacional.
Majestic fountains, sculptures and columns seized the landscape
projecting a world class influence I hadn't yet experienced in the city.
The next stop was my favorite, Mies van der Rohe's World's Fair Pavillion.
In a city known for it's surreal, may I dare say, gaudy architecture
this structure is a minimalist haven constructed of the most sensual polished marble.
Several surprising facts:
The interior was vacant except for two chairs, seats for the king and queen.
They became world famous, replicated and still in vogue today.
The original building was dismantled in 1930 and its parts used in other structures.
In the 80s an exact replica was painstakingly recreated and built on the actual site.
After siesta, more tapas and a goblet of refreshing sangria at Casa Lolea
before taking in the seductive movements of classic flamenco dancers
at Palau de la Musica Catalana.

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