SOLC 18 0f 31: Nature’s Book in Barcelona

“The great book, always open and which we should make an effort to read, is that of Nature.” – Antoni Gaudi (famous Barcelona architect and designer)

During today’s trek through Barcelona, colors popped and curved architecture and nature inspired lines loomed large. Even, through the Boqueria Market of fresh food, every stall was an image of artistic display. The fruit colors were vivid, the eggs stacked neatly in pyramids, the chocolate and nuts in large bins or baskets.  Each display beckoned to be explored and experienced.

Moving on to a cooking class, the fresh food we had just purchased in the market was sliced and diced (by us) – but somehow all the more inviting.  Each course was something not only to be savored by to be applauded for its beauty. We took pictures – before, during and after – proud of the evolution of our farm to table work. The Paella was another masterpiece both for our eyes and tastebuds.

Following the Market and the cooking class, we explored the old city and Cathedral. The Cathedral – with architecture that reflects the modernity of the Guggenheim with the ornate features of St. Patrick’s cathedral. Spiral staircases, stunning stained glass windows with palettes of warm and cool colors that awed us.

Antoni Guadi’s quote above was displayed at the Cathedral where his work inspired the color and modernity that adorns it. Today we did it. We opened the book of nature (that is the city of Barcelona) and read it.  Can’t wait for the next chapter tomorrow.


  1. Ali Vrbas said,

    March 18, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Wow! What a very cool slice! Gaudi is one of my favorite architects, Barcelona is one of my favorite cities, and farm to table dining is also one of my favs! I love the way you took a Gaudi quote and weaved it into such a beautiful connection.

  2. caroline524 said,

    March 19, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Your detailed descriptions are amazing. You take the reader alongside you on the tour of Barcelona. You can almost imagine the sounds and smells of the markets. I find Gaudi’s work incredible. Some of the pieces look different from day to night. Can’t wait to read the next chapter!

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