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Featured Photo: Bridge Climb

Featured Photo: Bridge Climb (Ronda, Spain)

No, I didn’t climb down, but people do (and it must be a terrific view up from the riverside floor!). The New Bridge in Ronda, Spain, completed “oh so recently” in 1743, rises 390 feet above the El Tajo gorge floor. The picturesque little village of Ronda hugs the steep cliff rock —as I was inclined to do as I knelt to take this shot!


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Art with a Side of Music

The lilting classical music fit the elegantly fanciful setting so well that it seemed almost to have leaked from Gaudi’s art and slid through the tree leaves to where we stood. But looking down from a stone columned tunnel that appeared to have stretched and twisted its way up from the earth, we spotted a curving mosaic roof line and followed Mozart’s melody to the terrace beneath.


The cavernous open air hall at Parc Güell seemed made for music. Rows of pillars were capped by an undulating ceiling sprinkled with mosaics and tiles.

A duo on bass and violin rocked the acoustic space, enhancing aesthetic sights with elegant sound. We lingered. To take photos, yes. But also to breathe it all in —in gentle cadence with the strings.


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Simply Sunday

Our first evening in Barcelona capped a grueling 25-hour day, but the city had engaged us since our early arrival with its remarkable architecture and unique energy.  Sleep could wait. Barcelona could not.

Our day-long wander had taken us through the eerie labyrinths of the Gothic Quarter, to the Waterfront and then finally northeast to Barcelona’s majestic Arc de Triomf. From there we chanced upon a typical Sunday evening at Barcelona’s biggest park: Parc de la Ciutadella.

In the United States, Sunday evening is often but a prelude to busy Monday mornings. But here in Barcelona, families gathered.Friends played music and games. There was juggling, tight-rope walking, acrobatics and exuberant gymnastic dancing. Dads kicked around soccer balls with their sons. Couples and families rowed boats around the small lake next to the zoo.

It was a random celebration of everyday life. And as difficult as the details of daily living can be, at that moment and in that place, there seemed to be plenty to celebrate.

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