My dear husband is of the opinion that one should spend all his or her time actually looking at scenery, people, artwork. But ever since I was old enough to hold a Brownie camera I have loved taking pictures. On a cruise like ours that zips from place to place in a whirlwind, I find that my photos allow me to slow down and savor what I saw, remember it, think about it. Dream about returning. I love my photos.
We arrived in Barcelona a couple days early so that any delays would not jeopardize our embarking on the ship on time, and also to rest a little and sight see. This photo was taken in our hotel room, the Hotel Indigo. Immediately I could see that in this city style is important. There is color, pattern, design, everywhere. This graphic suggests the organic forms of the architect Antoni Gaudi, whose buildings are the epitome of Catalan Modernism style.
Gaudi designed all sorts of elaborate, almost surreal looking buildings, but our time was short. And certainly there is pattern and beautiful design everywhere - from the sidewalks under foot, to public sculpture to tile work and mosaics in building old and new.
This is only a little taste of what we saw in Barcelona. Later I'll share some photos from Italy.