Hidden Gem of Barcelona


One of my favorite tours was of the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. It is a privately funded concert hall for the Orfeo Catala. The Orfeo Catala is a choir. The concert hall is amazingly beautiful. In order to see it, you need to take a tour or go to a concert. We took the tour. We contemplated going to a concert, but it didn’t fit into our schedule.

I had seen some photos in guide books of the concert hall. As I was doing my pre-trip research it was recommended that you get your tickets in advance for this tour. It was hard to know which day to choose, so I selected day 2 of our Barcelona portion. It was also a day in which there was a concert in the evening if we decided to attend. The building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. If you would like to read about the Art Nouveau architecture, click here. It is a truly amazing structure, in a city that is full of them.

The central skylight in the auditorium is incredible. There is so much detail in the other parts of the building that it’s hard to know where to start to describe it all. So I might just leave it to pictures. I highly recommend checking it out as well as the surrounding neighborhood!







Sisters, Traveling

Sisters, traveling.

It has been a long day. The alarm went off in Barcelona at 3:30am so we could catch our cab to the airport at 4am. We made it all the way back home. I’m waiting for my luggage to be delivered. It didn’t make the connection in Amsterdam, even though I did.

We spent 3 days in Madrid and 5 in Barcelona. The two cities were both lovely and had a very different feel to them. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a few posts about the trip in the next few weeks. We walked all over both cities, averaging about 10 miles per day. Getting to 10,000 steps was a breeze. We went to several museums and churches, saw lots of unique architecture, enjoyed lots of tapas and local wine. I’ll be sorting through photos and stories and sharing soon.

Hello again…

It has been 2 months since I’ve posted anything. I think that’s the longest I’ve gone without writing. I’ve thought a lot about it. I just haven’t done it. Are there topics to write about? Sure! But at the end of the school year, sometimes I just don’t have the energy to get ramped up about some of them.

There have been some poor court cases lately that will affect all of us: Teacher Tenure in California, the Hobby Lobby debacle. The attacks on teachers and the teaching profession are horrible, yet right now I lack the energy to write about them. Women’s issues and women’s rights are a huge issue for me. But I haven’t organized my thoughts and don’t know all of the details well enough to write about them.

I’ve done my usual strawberry picking and made jam in June. One clarifier though, my jam was made from berries that I had from the last round of picking. I needed to make room in my freezer for new fruit. I’ll be trying some other combinations in the future.

I’ve made my yearly trip to Motown and back. I’ve got two more trips lined up for the remainder of the summer – Spain and Colorado.

I suppose I usually have a class where I’m supposed to be journaling and I post about those adventures. Alas, I didn’t take a class this summer, so that’s not happening.

Do I have an excuse? Not really. I’m doing what every other teacher in the country does after school is out. Recovering. My stress levels are lower, I’m eating healthy and exercising. I’ve read lots of books, taken naps, cleaned my house, etc. Living life at a slower pace is nice for a change.