Monthly Archives: September 2014

Roman Arles

Today we explored the Roman history of Arles starting with the Ancient History Museum. This wonderful museum takes you from the early paleolithic settlements near by to the 6th century C.E. when Rome pulled out. The collection is both broad … Continue reading

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Ah Provence

Three hours on the express train took us to Nimes for a 1.5 hour layover before hopping the intercity to Arles. Nimes has one of the best preserved roman arenas anywhere. We marveled at it on the way to Place … Continue reading

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Last Thoughts on Barcelona

Barcelona is huge – about 5 million in the metropolitan area. Still with all those people it has a kind of intimacy. Of course we confined our visit to the main tourist areas. The little square in front of our … Continue reading

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Barcelona: Spain’s Portland

Walking around the Bari Gotic I can’t help but notice some familiar sites: lots of tattoos and piercings, interesting bicycle type vehicles, white dreadlocks, the occasional sweet smell of ganja. It makes a Portland boy feel right at home. I … Continue reading

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And the Lion will lie down with the Lamb

Antoni Gaudí was a devout Catholic. His masterpiece, as many of you know, is the Sagrada Familia church. As yet unfinished, hopes are that it will be done by the mid 21st century. Entering the space one immediately feels lifted … Continue reading

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Hello Dalí

Today we took the train north on a day trip to Figueres, home of Salvidor Dalí and the Teatro Museo Dalí. Dalí himself designed the building as his mausoleum and self tribute. He died in the building and is buried … Continue reading

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A long first day

After yesterday’s post we walked down Las Ramblas – a moving sea of humanity punctuated with tourist stalls – from Plaça Catalunya to the Mediterranean. We saw our first Gaudí, the Palau Guell. Very cool! We stopped for a bite and … Continue reading

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Barcelona!

After a slightly grueling but uneventful flight and a short bus ride into town we are here. Unbeknownst to us today is a huge city wide rally to force a vote for Catalan independence from Spain against the wishes of … Continue reading

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I love to go a-wandering …

  We’re off! After a slight curfafle getting our boarding passes we’re waiting at the gate to board.

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