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Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Above is the negative of my sketch of the Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain. Part of my journal entry for that day on the 22nd May 2005 says:

We arrived at 7:10am in Barcelona. GM got pick-pocketed. JG hurriedly woke John and I up (for fear that Chase would leave us) and we were up and out in a sec. Going to the Sagrada Familia by Gaudi. Dove coves where they collect the droppings of doves and use as fertilizers. The first pics are the east end/ the apse end. Gaudi building still under construction. Nice pond across the street in front of it. For Gaudi God was in gravity. Revenue from tourists are a huge part of money for completion, esp. the Japanese. It is Art Nouveau in the craft tradition. Artists are outside on the pavements selling their artwork. They are old artists. The fruits on top of the pinnacles represent seasonal fruits. The grapes represent the blood of Jesus. East sunrise and the Navity represent birth of Christ, on the west, the death of Christ. Splayed corner by Certa. Cars parked in middle of street like the median w/ one side for bicycles an the other, one-way traffic. Axis to connect Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de Pau by Montana on Avinguda de Gaudi. Almost all the city’s corners are chamfered. Apts face the ‘rotunda’ that is created by the chamfered corners. They employ people to keep the streets and the city clean. It is cheaper to keep people employed than maintain them in prisons. In the prisons you cannot vote.

From my Eurotrip 2005 journal

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”

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