Lonnie and I went to Spain. We spent fifteen days traveling with my parents, who were in Barcelona serving a mission and one day in Paris on our way home. We didn't take the kids with us, which was a new adventure in itself. We enjoyed fabulous architecture, beautiful scenery, delicious food, and great conversations. It felt like a second honeymoon (only my parents were with us most of the time).
We are so grateful to Sasha and Jordan and all our friends who watched the kids while we were away.
|Our first day in Barcelona with Elder and Hermana Allred, seriously jet lagged.|
|View of Barcelona from above Park Guell, looking down on the Sagrada Familia|
Gaudi....You can't go to Barcelona without experiencing Gaudi. I was prepared to be impressed but everything I saw far surpassed my expectations.
Our first day in Barcelona we walked around downtown with Elder and Hermana Allred, ate tapas, and enjoyed the architecture.
Lonnie and I toured the Casa Batllo. The buildings striking but also highly functional in design. Gaudi's use of a central courtyard down through the middle of the building brought natural light through out. The light was amazing.
Even with the cathedral packed full of people, La Sagrada Familia, was an amazingly peaceful and spiritual experience. I have always thought of the outside of the building to be dark and depressing, but the experience inside was enlightening. I have never been brought higher or felt the grander of God more through the architecture of any other building. The entire trip would have been worth it just to sit and bathe in the deeply color saturated light of the Sagrada Familia.
We spent a large amount of our time in Barcelona walking around like this....Palau de la Música Catalana, where we went to a Jazz concert.
and I appreciated the church dedicated to women in the scriptures.
So much more to come......