“Prayer is the ultimate cure for worry.” ~William James
Prayer beads found at the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
A church door in Melbourne, Australia
Prayer threads and bangles offered at the Nizammuddin Dargah, Delhi, India
Candles lit in the Catedral-Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Spain
When I looked back through my album of Copenhagen from our road-trip earlier this year, what really popped out at me was the multicolored snapshots of the city. It is not just wall graffiti, as I shared in my accounts of street art in Barcelona, murals in Stockholm or graffiti in Athens, but there were several installations that makes this city so vibrant and brings together people in a special way. All the flowers seemed bright & happy in their full spring glory!
And then there is Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous ‘region’ inside of Copenhagen which claims to be not a part of the EU, but is rather governed by its own Christiania Law of 1989. Visitors are gracefully allowed inside, but asked to be respectful of the citizens and not bother them by wielding cameras all over the place. There is food & drinks and knick-knacks you could buy, or simply walk around the streets and listen to people singing or playing musical instruments, or watch children play in charming DIY playpens. And of course, there is that undeniable whiff of weed in the air. It’s an extraordinary feeling inside, so atypical as though from a book or a movie, but unfortunately I don’t have pictures to help describe it. There are a few from the vicinity of the neighborhood, though.
We visited Barcelona last November. It was a glorious trip! Somewhere between our hotel in Barcelona & the nearest subway station, we found a lovely riot of colorful graffiti / street art adorning the walls. We visited Barcelona to celebrate Mr. A’s birthday & had an awesome time eating the most amazing tapas and visiting the La Sagrada Familia, amongst other places. Happy reading!
While holidaying in Barcelona last month we went all in, in terms of food. We threw the calorie-caution to the wind and tried all sorts of yummy foods. From restaurants to cafes and hotel breakfasts to open markets, we left nothing untested. And each time, we were rewarded with extremely happy tummies & elated taste-buds! Here’s a sneak-peak for you…I’m sure you won’t have the heart, or the stomach, to look away 😉
Cakes at an open market
Breakfast at the hotel
Delicious Mexican food
¨Let there be light!¨ Now, where could that be more fitting than in a church, right?
Light seeping in through the stained glass windows at La Sagrada Família adds another ethereal dimension to this very unique church. Started in 1882, this massive architectural project with intricately carved facades and sculptured towers, is projected to be completed by the year 2026. That year will also mark the centennial of the death of its architect, Antoni Gaudí, who was pivotal in the growth of Modernism school of design and architecture. The building work continues to this day by the support of anonymous donations and ticket sales. It’s a design masterpiece and a must-see if you visit Barcelona. The official website has a wealth of information to help out visitors.
I’d love to hear what you think about my previous photo challenge entries, you can find them here!