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Barcelona Cathedral was constructed from the 13th to 15th centuries, with the principal work done in the 14th century. In the late 19th century, the neo-Gothic façade was constructed over the nondescript exterior that was common to Catalan churches. The roof is notable for its gargoyles, featuring a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical.

You eat and drink in distinguished company at La Bodega del Poblet in Barcelona.

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Mural painted in 1983 by Alberto Corazón.
Madrid’s motto:
“Fui sobre agua edificada, mis muros de fuego son.”
“I was built on water, my walls are made of fire.”

“How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events, religiously preserve the merest trifles.”

— Sir Richard Burton, ‘Sind Revisited’

Bodega Santa Cruz, Sevilla. Known to the locals as Las Columnas. One of my favorite places to eat on my trip to Spain. Serving traditional tapas and run by lovely people.

1. Life imitates art: Flamenco dancer in Madrid, 2019
2. Art imitates life: Spanish Dancer by John Singer Sargent, 1880

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

- ‘Emma,’ Jane Austen

“They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.”

— ‘The Way Through the Woods,’ Rudyard Kipling

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