Tuesdays of Texture : Week 26 of 2017

La Sagrada Familia

Inside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

This is a photo of the inside of La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, one of the most famous sights in that city.  The building of the church started in 1882, and is still going on  – it was designed by Antoni Gaudi and he worked on this cathedral and other projects until his death in June 1926.

In 1914 he left all other work to concentrate exclusively on this sole project until his death on 10 June 1926, the result of a tragic accident three days earlier. His funeral cortege, which went through much of Barcelona and finished in the Sagrada Familia, was a grand event in the city in recognition of his status as the greatest architect Barcelona has ever seen. Gaudí was buried in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.

It is a magnificent building, both inside and out, and if you are ever in Barcelona, it’s a must see – in fact it is so imposing that you really cannot miss it!

La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

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Dance : Weekly Photo Challenge

There can only be one dance..Riverdance with Michael Flatley, which stunned and amazed the world when it was first performed as the ‘interval entertainment’ during a break in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 in Dublin.

It still gives me goosebumps to watch it and to remember the first time I saw it.  I was living in Harare, Zimbabwe, and was sitting late one night when everyone else had gone to bed, searching for the Eurovision on our satellite dish.  At that time satellite dishes were new to Zimbabwe, our dish was about 6 meters in diameter, and we had to hire a crane to position it behind our garage.   We lived on a hill and according to the ‘experts’ at the time, that was the best place to pick up a signal.   Picking up a signal had to be done manually with the control, and every time you tried to fine tune the dish, it moved a fraction, and made a noise.   Eventually I found a snowy picture , just before the intermission, and watched the very first airing of THE Dance, it might have been a little fuzzy, but the sound was great, and my reaction afterwards was the same as the audience, a very big WOW!

I hope you enjoy this version with the lovely Jean Butler and a very young Michael Flatley, the picture is not a bit fuzzy, unlike my first viewing, but it is still mesmerising.

 

Where were you when you first saw Riverdance?

 

 

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