was the inspiration
behind this "Fancy Full Heart" for today.
Barcelona is filled with rich historic footprints.
actually speaks of the founding of Barcelona
by the mythical Hercules
some 400 years
before the building of Rome itself!
is filled with deep Medieval influences as well.
Catalan modernisme architecture
(often known as Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe),
developed here between 1885 and 1950
left an important legacy in Barcelona.
A great number
of her buildings are World Heritage Sites.
is the showcase city of the architect Gaudi
his famous church Sagrada Família.
When I was little, one of my best friend's dad
was an architect in Chicago.
Among other things, he designed churches.
As a special treat
my friend and I would go with him to his office
I was a paradise to me.
It was filled with industrial sized drafting tables
and pencils and pens and fancy rulers.
it was a luscious, lavish banquet of art supplies.
I decided then...
that I would be an architect when I grew up.
But...that was never to be.
Maybe that is why
I am so fascinated by Barcelona. ♥ :)
Barcelona is also a city of energetic night life.
she would probably also suit me well
as I can
usually be found late night...
into in the wee hours of the morning...
sketching, painting, and unknowingly greeting
the next day.
I also love the evocative allure of
Barcelona's passionate flamenco dancers...
rose in hand...shoes beating wildly.
her gentile mantilla clad ladies.
her motherly nurturing
of Picasso as a young and talented artist
so much so, that it is said
he regarded her in times of sadness or nostalgia
as his true home.
Ahhh! What a city of legendary art, and artists,
what a lovely lasting gift and legacy.
May we each be so fortunate
to be so well loved,
so well regarded, and so well
remembered in the pages of history.
Maybe, we should each
start to refresh and refine and polish
our personal, family, and life legacies now.
"The legacy we leave
is not just in our possessions,
in the quality of our lives.
What preparations should we be making now?
The greatest waste in all of our earth,
cannot be recycled or reclaimed,
is our waste of the time that God has given us