Six word Saturday

6ws-participating-in-bannerBarcelona- a feast for the senses!

You knew I'd get there, didn't you?

You knew I’d get there, didn’t you? Fabulous Casa Batllo!

I’ve been overwhelmed by all your birthday messages and good wishes, and would simply like to say thank you to my wonderful blogging friends.  I will be slow getting back to you as I have a zillion things to do and 600+ photos to sort through.  I just wanted to let you know that Barcelona fully lived up to expectations, and to share a few thoughts.

I've never seen anything more beautiful than Parc Guell!

I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than Parc Guell!

Or heard anything more noisy than these geese gaggling!

Or heard anything more noisy than the geese, gaggling at the Cathedral!

Or been more surprised by a hospital!

Or been more surprised by a hospital!

Or loved detail more!

Or loved detail more!

And patriotism!

With a dash of patriotism!

Or loved Christmas decorations more, even before they've been lit!

Or loved Christmas decorations more, even before they’ve been lit!

Or taken a more wonky photograph in a famous loo!

Or taken a more wonky photograph in a famous loo!

Or loved a theatre more!

Or loved a theatre more!

Or climbed more steps!

Or climbed more steps!

Or seen more boats!

Or seen more boats!

And definitely not bigger or more smiley boats!

And definitely not bigger or more smiley boats!

But you know what the finale is, don’t you?  Never have I been more in awe of a piece of architecture!  It is magnificent!

The Basilica of Sagrada Familia

The Basilica of Sagrada Familia

Expect to be bored lots more in the coming days!  I had the BEST time.

Thanks as always to Cate for letting me abuse Six word Saturday.  The links or header will take you there to join in the fun.



  1. Thank you for this page.
    I especially liked the ship with the Eye.
    It reminded me of my adventure on a steel hull boat built in Canada it looked and was rigged as a Chinese junk.
    Painted black with an eye very similar to the ship in your photo.
    Except this boat was weathered and rusty with its name ” No fin wong” in red letters outlined in yellow.
    What a memory to you trigged.

      1. NO PROBLEM! It’s so hard to keep track. I started a list that I keep beside me when I blog and sometimes I still mess up. One woman stopped following me because I accidentally called her the wrong name .. ;/

  2. I am so glad you had a wonderful time, Jo! Isn’t it great when something beats all your expectations? I have Barcelona on my list to see and I enjoyed your presentation very much indeed, you have given me lots of ideas.
    Have you seen “Vicky, Christina, Barcelona”?
    Enjoy your Sunday.
    Big hug

      1. Silly me! Guess you can tell I’m not much of a film buff 🙂 I’ll watch out for it, but sport tends to rule on the TV in our house, plus politics (one of the reasons I love to blog)

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed your birthday in Barcelona, Jo! I’m going to love reliving it through your lens…. Hope to see some good food too. Park Guell was really one of my favorite spots. Glad you had it mostly to yourselves. 🙂

      1. No food shots?? Darn, I was looking forward to experiencing Spanish tapas again through your photos! I’m glad you had a fabulous time “looking up,” Jo! I’m fine, just counting the days till this semester ends, and trying to keep up with the Travel Writing course (and my novel!).

      1. The Travel Writing course is excellent and I’m learning a lot, Jo. I hope I can put all their great advice to good use and actually get something published. Only time will tell, I guess. 🙂

      1. Hi Jo. The course is with the Australian Writer’s Center ( and the course is 5 intensive weeks for $395. I think it’s definitely worthwhile so far. I’ve learned a lot already in 3 weeks; only two more to go. After it’s all said and done, I will then need to see if I can actually put it all into practice. 🙂

        I saw there’s another travel writing course through Matador for $350 (not sure how long) and also they offer an online photography course. I may have to look into that one. And now of course I can’t help but wonder if the Matador course may offer additional knowledge or just a repeat of the Australian Writer’s Center.

        Carol of Eternal Traveller recommended the Aussie course because she took it and really loved it. Be prepared to spend about 4-5 hours per week (hard for me to find that time with my teaching schedule, but I’m managing to squeeze it in just barely). Let me know if you decide to do it. I think another course starts in a week or so. 🙂

      2. Can’t really afford it right now, Cathy, but thanks for all the info. I was aware of the Matador one and used to contribute to that site, but haven’t done much since the blog. Are you on there? I’ll have to check.
        I will think about it after Christmas, but I have a few projects on the go right now.
        Big hug 🙂

  4. bored? NEVER!! I cannot wait to see more from your trip!! I’m so glad it lived up to your expectations. Certainly Barcelona is a most fabulous city and now seeing your photos makes me want to go back even more! Loved the loo shot 😉 as well as that happy ship. Great photos!!

    1. El Quatre Gats- allegedly a Picasso haunt. A friend said I had to go to the loo, so I did! It was a little ragged round the edges, but I don’t mind that. The restaurant was lovely 🙂

      1. I will have to make a note of that. I am absolutely obssessed with loos and I usually come out either disgusted or yelling, very few times was I pleasantly surprised. How was the food at El Quatre Gats?

  5. 🙂 You won’t bore me, Jo!! I love Barcelona almost as much as London. So bring it on!! I am glad you enjoyed it, I knew you would. 🙂

      1. We arrived at Parc Guell at 10 on a sunny morning with hardly anyone about, Viv. A perfect start to a birthday 🙂 It did busy up as time went on, but maybe prices are putting people off?

  6. Barcellona P una città -iper- io ho assistito ad una festa in costume nelle grandi Ramblas e ne ho un ricordo da capogiro…anche le tue foto lo sono
    ritorno alla grande Giovanna,
    ed ancora tanti, tanti, tanti auguri di giorni come questo!

    Barcelona P a city-hyper-I attended a costume party in large Ramblas and dizzying memories … even your photos are
    return to big Joan,

    1. We went on a walking tour with a lovely girl and she said it’s a crazy city too, Ventis, and I fully believed her. I’ve had a bit of a crazy day myself today, plus a big bouquet of flowers. 🙂 Tomorrow will be calmer!

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