I am inspired today by my blogging Pal Jo who has completed a thirty one day challenge to post in pictures and in words about a visit to Barcelona.
In 2018 I visited Barcelona and my friend and keen photographer Richard spent every spare minute taking pictures of Sagrada Familia. I am convinced that he possesses the largest collection of pictures of the Gaudi masterpiece in the entire World.
I am quite unable to compete with either Jo or Richard so I offer you these alternative images.
These are from the walls of the nearby metro station…
This is from the beach at Barconaleta…
And this is from the inevitable gift shop…
Posted in Beaches, Cathedrals, Europe, History, Postcards, Spain, Travel
Tagged Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Basilica, Catalonia, Gaudi, La Sagrada Família, Pointless Souvenirs, Roman Catholicism
For an Englishman a four hundred mile trip seems a very long way to drive for a day out.
If I drove that distance in any direction from my home then I would run out of road and reach the sea. Going east it would take only fifteen minutes. It is a journey like this that makes you realise the immense scale of the USA. Arizona is 115,000 square miles of emptiness and long stretches of never-ending road between towns, the UK is just less than 95,000 square miles and Arizona is bigger than forty of the fifty-one countries in Europe. It is bigger than half the countries in the World.
Read the full story here…
Posted in Food, Grand Canyon, History, Hotels, Natural Environment, Postcards, Travel, USA, World Heritage
Tagged Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Grand Canyon, Life, Phoenix, Photography, Pointless Souvenirs, Travel
I don’t understand why people go to a place like Cleethorpes for a holiday. The weather is unreliable, the sea is permanently cold and everything is expensive. Really expensive. Half an hour in the amusement arcade can take a heavy toll on the wallet, the funfair isn’t cheap, there are the pointless rides to contend with and then the donkeys. £2.50 for a five minute one hundred yard trudge up the beach hardly represents good value for money in my book.
It is surely so much better to get a cheap flight to Spain, send the children to the kids’ club and sit in the sun and drink cheap San Miguel and almost certainly spend less money.
I often feel an urge to walk across to point this out to people as they sit shivering behind a wind-break or sheltering under an umbrella being turned inside out by the wind, but of course I never do.
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More posts about Cleethorpes…
Three Trains – Cleethorpes, Amusement Arcades and the English Pier
Three Trains – I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
Posted in Arts and Crafts, Beaches, Childhood, Europe, History, Literature, Natural Environment, Postcards, Travel, United Kingdom
Tagged Cleethorpes, Collectables, Grimsby, Pointless Souvenirs, Puglia, Seaside Holidays, Tea Towel Souvenir
In 2018 the most viewed photograph on my blog pages was a picture of a tea towel that I took in a shop in Puglia in Italy.
On account of that I thought that I would begin an occasional series of posts of tea towel souvenirs that I have brought home from my travels and I begin with St. Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay in Northumberland.
“To me a lighthouse was meant to be lived in. It was part of working life. And ships passing, day or night, knew there was somebody there, looking at them.” – Dermot Cronin, the last Lighthouse keeper in United Kingdom
Since 1998 all of the UK Lighthouses including this one are fully automated.
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This is my post on pointless souvenirs in Spain –
Travels in Spain, Pointless Souvenirs
Posted in Arts and Crafts, Childhood, Europe, Growing up in the 1950s, Natural Environment, Travel, United Kingdom, World Heritage
Tagged Culture, Life, Lighthouse Whitley Bay, Northumberland, Pointless Souvenirs, St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
From the inevitable Sagrada Familia Gift Shop!
Posted in Arts and Crafts, Cathedrals, Europe, History, Postcards, Spain, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Barcelona, Basilica, Gaudi, La Sagrada Família, Pointless Souvenirs, Roman Catholicism