On the Acropolis in Athens

On the Acropolis in Athens.

Brandon and Kathy

"2004 Explorations"

At the library in Ephesus

At the library in Ephesus.


2004 Cruise Ports of Call


Barcelona - Gaudi and 3 Card Monte

City view from hill top

Barcelona has so many interesting sights that one can only scratch the surface with just one day to explore. We decided to see some of the works of the famous architecht Antonio Gaudi and to wander the pedestrian mall shopping areas.

An architecture site on the web says this about Gaudi:

Over the course of his career, Gaudi developed a sensuous, curving, almost surreal design style which established him as the innovative leader of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement. With little regard for formal order, he juxtaposed unrelated systems and altered established visual order. Gaudi's characteristically warped form of Gothic architecture drew admiration from other avant-garde artists. Although categorized with the Art Nouveau, Gaudi created an entirely original style. He died in Barcelona in 1926.

The six pictures below are of the "Sagrada Familia", or Sacred Family church that Gaudi started in 1882. It was incomplete at his death in 1926. Work continues today as money becomes available. More information can be found at www.sagradafamilia.org and at the Wikipedia article on Barcelona. There is talk that the church may be finished by 2020.

Spires of the cathedral

Spires of the cathedral

Ornate detail

Modern detail

Interior columns

Stained glass

After seeing several Gaudi buildings, we wandered along the shopping streets and Kathy found a game of 3 Card Monte. The setup was pretty obvious with the dealer intentionally letting you see where the winning card was as long as the shills were playing. Kathy wanted to play along with them as long as it was their money and not hers. I finally convinced her to leave and let them try to find another sucker.

Before heading back to the ship, we had a nice lunch at an outdoor cafe. After a long day of sightseeing and shopping, the ice cold sangria was very refreshing.

Shopping street

3 Card Monte dealer

Sangria for lunch

We had seen some interesting sights in Barcelona - just enough to make us want to come again. We did not see the Picasso or Miro museums or any of the sights in the surrounding countryside.

The next day we flew home. After recovering from jet lag, we went on to Mobile where we picked up SeaSpace and began our year long sail to Florida and the Bahamas.


C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
updated July 15, 2005