Casa Batllo in Barcelona Spain. A very famous, brave courageous example of Art Nouveau Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.
With today's technology there are images to show the inspiration and genius of it's designer: Antonio Guadi
We visited there on the last day of a 10 day trip to Italy, France, and Spain. We were pretty exhausted. But, to say I was curious was to say the least. The inside is centered by a gigantic spiral staircase. The hues on the tile were the most beautiful blue I had ever seen in my life and as you climbed the different floors the colors became deeper. When you reached the top on a very hot day, I thought it would be sweltering. But, the whole design of the top was about natural ventilation before electric air conditioning. They actually would do the laundry up there and had dowels on the rafters for drying. On a folding table there was the hugest bar of lavender soap I had ever seen and the breeze of the ventilation sent the lavender scent throughout. Then the biggest surprise was to find out we could go out on the balcony and get our picture taken.
I started this blog more then five years ago. It was out of need to document my life, my dreams and inspirations. My dad had been gone for about five years and I lost my job, my children were graduating high school, we were preparing to sell our home of almost twenty years. I wanted most of all a place where if my children wanted to remember me or know what I was thinking, could come and hopefully get some comfort. I do have a fear of developing Alzheimer's and getting angry with myself for never following through on documenting our life.
Sometimes the words come easy, sometimes life gets so hard you don't want to write anything. So, today I woke up this September first and thought, I want to write how thankful I am to have my mom still alive and her wanting to be independent. After spending a day with her yesterday, I realized how much we are alike. I want to say to my children how proud I am of them as they have reached the milestone of being a quarter of a century old. They have been the biggest and hugest inspiration to me and fill my heart up with joy. And, finally to my husband I would really love to say after we just celebrated our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary that I do believe in fairy tale endings. Our trip to Europe was just that. It was a complete joy to have a handful of kingdom of days to rest, enjoy, soak, eat , and drink in all that life has to offer.
In the last week we were also able to take in some of the best music ever, sung or performed by Artists in their mid sixties to their late seventies. I remember when I first started my blog I had said Glen had given me the River album at a time I didn't even have two pennies in my pocket when I was away at college. Now, we went to see the River tour together, and it felt right. Here are some lyrics I read from the song "I wanna marry you" off of the River album.