Sunday, April 7, 2013


We went to Barcelona for a long weekend in March in hopes of finding warmer tempatures and sunshine.  We scored on both accounts, but not warm enough for swimming. We stayed at a condo near the beach and used the metro and 2 day pass for the hop-on hop-off tour bus.  Barcelona is like no other city and has a lot to offer.  We had a great time exploring, shopping and sampling the food.  The people were very nice and it was easy to get around to everywhere we wanted to go.  One day we had "Gaudi day" and marveled at his persona and creations.  Only thing we missed was the Picasso Museum because the line was way to long, but we did hit the gift shop and bought a fascinating book.  Naturally the tapas and the paella were delicious!

At the beach

The Boqueria  market on La Rambla street

Barcelona Cathedral

view from the Cathedral rooftop

watching the street entertainment

monument to Christopher Columbus

Art museum surrounded with parks and water features

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Basilica (view of back)

Gaudi's La Casa Mila

inside of Sagrada Familia

outside of Sagrada Familia

Playing while we wait to be seated at La Porta Quatro
Gaudi's Park Guell

Rooftop of La Casa Mila

inside of la casa Mila (tilt head clockwise)

Gaudi's Casa Batlo

city street

A day in Seiffen, Germany

We drove up to Seiffen, Germany on a Saturday in March.  It's only an hour away and we wanted to pick up some of their specialities: pyramids, nutcrackers and smokers. The factory is in one of the small  Czech towns on the way there.

Skiing in Obertauren, Austria