Saturday, September 28, 2013

The art of being naked!

No, it was not I who was naked, but these statues and sculptures everywhere in Barcelona. They captured my curiosity. Why  are they naked? Can you see what they wanted to convey to the tourists? To my relief, the people who lives there are not naked, although the temperature can inspires someone to do so:) 

Anyway, we can all agree that we are naked, naked in the eyes of God who sees all things. I included qoutes from the living word of God so that we can have an idea how God  looks at us.

See these pictures as a part of Barcelona's culture.

Have a wonderful day:)


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona!

Yes, here I am again, still sharing pictures from our short visit to Barcelona. There are so many things to share because I took hundreds of pictures that at least I can share some to you. 

In our third day in Barcelona, we visited this famous Familia Sagrada. It was really my husband who was very interested to see this place. I was really surprised because he was not fond of visiting churches.  Well, I hope I contaminated him of being a believer:)

The Sagrada Familia is still under construction. Building work begun in the late 19th century and is now funded by churchgoers and devotees, and through ticket revenue from visitors or the tourists. It was Antoni Gaudi's dream, an  architect, to which he devoted much of his life. At the time of his death in 1926, only one of the towers had been completed. The continuation of  Gaudi's project has become unmistakable symbol of Barcelona.
There were so many visitors everyday. I believe it was almost a kilometer long queue of visitors that day and the sun was not really merciful to us.

There were water vendors  who sells cold water and beggars who beg for mercy. My heart of course melted when I saw a man who had his legs covered with psoriasis begging for alms. But when I reached for my pocket, I didn't have so much  coins to give. Luckily, my hubby was touched too and he gave more. I just wanted to kiss my hubby in front of the crowd, but I couldn't, but he knows that he made me happy.

Anyway, after waiting for almost an hour, we are now inside. So hope you come along and see this magnificent place and be fascinated like us:)

This is the front facade who is decorated with statues of Jesus and the saints. It tells the  story of Jesus life. One can really tell or feel that here is a holy ground.

Inside the church is decorated with colorful glass windows. It was meant to make the visitors feel the beauty of nature inside the church.

This is the altar. They held mass many times a day. Open for everybody who wants to participate.

The ceilings 

It is really fascinating. 

This is the back of the church. The walls are decorated with curved figures of the saints like in the front facade. As if one is reading bible stories upon looking at the pictures. 

Anyway, we wanted to visit the tower too. So we took the elevator up to 50 meters . We had to pay extra for that. As you can see, we are now on top. 

It was scary to look down.

The only thing that the guide didn't tell us was that we had to go down these stairs after leaving the tower. Since tha passage was so narrow, we couldn't go back because there were people behind us. 
And the nightmare begun. My knees were shaking and I believe my husband too because he was not really happy going downstairs. He was afraid that the construction won't hold. 

But, anyway, we survived and ended in this museum where they shows the small models of the church constructions.

The museum was huge and there were  lot of pictures, models and relics in there. But I believed I have to end this post before you get bored. 

Anyway, me and my hubby agreed that we will not visit another church or museum that day. We just wanted to breathe some fresh air. Our knees were still shaking after the visit from the tower. Well, what could we expect? We are getting older....

See you next time!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

L' Aquarium, Barcelona

In our second day in Barcelona we went to L' Aquarium de Barcelona. It is the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world. It was amazing to see and learn the characteristics of many different kind of species under the sea. We felt like  children again:)

Watching these amazing creatures that we normally could not see with our eyes reminds we of how great God is, who created these species. I wish I could have them in my own aquarium...if I have one of course:)

Now, let us look at them: Sorry to say, but I don't remember the names. They were to many for my mind to grasp.

                             Don't eat me. I am a fish with poisonous blood.

Snake or fish?
The ell is a fish that slides through the water like  a snake!

I believe these are eagle rays?

sea horses?

                                                           Colorful pisces

Beauty and the beast?

These looks like humans with hands and feets

This one was watching us all the time:)

More strange species

Sweet and scary?

Well, there are lot more pictures to share, but this entry would be so long, so I say goodbye for now. Hope you enjoyed the sight.

"Thought for the day"

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.

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