Category Archives: Spain

September 02

Guggenheim Bilbao – A Spectacular Symbol of Renewal

When we dashed across, nearly a decade ago, on a (crazy) day trip from Barcelona to Bilbao just to gaze upon those stunning overlapping waves of shimmering titanium, we were clueless about the city’s history of industrial decline, or of the conception of the Guggenheim museum as an icon of urban reinvention.    It is hard to imagine […]

August 16

Hola From Spain!

It is a good thing I enjoy planning my travels in advance, for spontaneity in travel (abroad) is denied to those of us holding Indian passports. Even more so, it seems, for married couples. You might remember I was required to submit a no-objection letter from R for my solo visit to Venice last year. That, I discovered later, is mandatory for […]

May 04

Dream With Your Feet!

Every one of us is born with rhythm in our souls. It is up to us to not let that rhythm get rusty, to attune the beats of our hearts to the movements of our bodies. So “take more chances, dance more dances” 🙂 “No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you have […]

A Blooming Statue!

This giant flower sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy is part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Designed in 1992 by Jeff Koons – an American artist renowned for his “Neo-Pop art –  for an art exhibition in Arolsen Castle, Germany, it was purchased by the Bilbao museum in 1997 (after a short stint in […]

September 10

Travel Theme(s) – Curvas & Rojo!

Red is one of the colours of the Spanish flag and is said to be descriptive of the Spanish personality, conjuring up visions of passion, blood and love. Below is a sampling of some of my scanned images from sunny Espana that are my interpretations for two of Ailsa’s travel themes: Curves & Red! Before you proceed, […]

July 03

Stepping On Masterpieces

Few tourists that brave the crush of people on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, are aware of the existence of a masterpiece – an original Joan Miró mosaic – right under their feet in the middle of the pedestrian street near the Plaça de la Boqueria! Get there early (9am is early enough by Spanish standards) and you will have […]

May 23

The Antigua Casa Figueras

One of the joys of wandering the streets of Barcelona is to suddenly stumble upon gorgeous art nouveau buildings sitting smack in the middle of nondescript shop fronts. The Antigua Casa Figueras is one such gem. Located halfway down the Rambla, this former pasta factory was built in 1820 and decorated by modernist artist Antoni Ros i Guell in […]