#7: Magical Cathedral Day
The Sagrada Familia rocked. Yes it did. But when we were trundling around the Gothic Quarter trying Mojito and Pina Colada ice-cream, we ended up in the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. Nope, it isn’t as jaw-droppingly immense or as weird-looking from the outside, but it is beautiful and had more than a few surprises on the inside…
Check out the little angels in boxes above the saints:
I can’t seem to find much info about it online, but the cathedral was linked with the Knights Templar, as the symbol was EVERYWHERE. (As was “George and the Dragon” related imagery). There was also a Black Madonna (black statue of Mary and child- it’s quite rare and believed to have stemmed from Pagan tradition) that didn’t show up on my camera.
Green Men are often found in churches- many believe that when the churches were built on top of Pagan sacred sites, they were carved there in an attempt to make the newer religion more acceptable. And there’s one here:
Somehow we got in there free- usually tourists pay five Euros!
We spent the rest of the day eating ice-cream and wandering about 😀
#7: Hilarious Day
It had to be done. We visited the Museum of Erotica, which had been looking at us all week from just across the road. As my camera was nearly full, I only got a few pictures but the museum was actually really interesting!
Among the teeny Kama Sutra drawings and “interesting” sculptures was a collection of Victorian postcards featuring, well… porn… from the neck down, while the women in it were pulling hilariously innocent “nothing’s happening here” faces! It also had a collection of old fetish photography and transvestite Ken dolls!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Some of my favourite pictures in there:
I love that last photo on the right but am not sure what it’s doing in the Museum of Erotica! Is there something I’m missing here??? Do tell…
I mentioned Stoke Travel a couple of entries back- It’s a small bar/cafe in the centre of Las Ramblas and was probably one of our favourite places to hang out for the entire trip. After several days of tapas and paella, we were lured in by a billboard outside advertising unusual food (watermelon gazpacho, butternut squash pasta etc etc). It was all freshly made and amazing and the staff were all really friendly- we made friends with the chef, Susannah (hope I spelt that right!) who was American so we got to swap notes on California. (I went last year).|
Stoke does film nights, poker nights and other events, and some seriously good cocktails. (Although I found out the hard way that the sangria is deadly and never to drink two glasses of it. Ever. No matter how yummy it is.) I promised on my last night that I’d review here: so here you go. If you are ever in Barcelona, go to Stoke Travel and say hi! 😀
I had a fantastic holiday, but really missed shooting and writing so have filled as many of my shoot days as possible until next year! Pictures on their way…
Tales from the inbox: here’s another of Ileana’s stunningly realistic drawings…