Lights in London
A short visit in cold wintry christmassy London was lovely , specially with all lights everywhere.
See for yourself!
An amazing church building – La Sagrada Familia from the Architect Antoni Gaudi which he started building in 1883. Knowing he will not see it finished, he spent 40 years building and left plans for his successors. He is buried under the nave.
On the link on his name is a short video what it will look like when it is finished hopefully in 2026, ready for Gaudi’s 100th anniversary of his death.
His buildings and casas are all over Barcelona.
Next was the “Casa de les Punxes” or Casa Terradas which was build for 3 sisters by a different architect looking more like a castle.
All details are just fabulous even the balcony tiles from the bottom.
We walked to the next of Gaudi’s buildings the Casa Mila. This was built as an apartment block.
We continued our walk to the next Gaudi Casa along the famous and really large Passeig Gracia. This Road is tree lined, has exclusive shops, wide pavements and amazing old buildings. The pavement is tiled with Gaudi tiles; aren’t they beautiful?
Along there we came to Casa Batllo, a colourful casa built by Gaudi again.
Next to this casa is a Netherland style casa called Casa Amatller from the same architect as the Casa de Punxes above.
So many casas…. it was so interesting.
Admiring all buildings we headed to the Cathedral. As the queues were everywhere terribly long, we continued to walk and see all from outside – we only had one day.
Then we went through small little roads to our last stop The Arc de Triomf.
This Arc de Triomf was build in 1888 as an entrance to the Barcelona World Fair, a very impressive building.
We walked over 20000 steps as my step counter showed and were ready to go back by train to village were we stayed.
This was a short one day tour of Barcelona, hope you enjoyed the sites.
I have visited Barcelona on the 8th August and this post was put together before the terror attack in Barcelona. It is terrible to think what happened and my thoughts and prayers are with the people who died or were injured in the attack. I pray that the world become a safer place.
On opening the 1000 pieces were neatly packed in a bag. It included a leaflet showing the artists biography and additional picture for reference. As I can see from the included small catalogue that it is a new addition to the collection 2016.
The Drawing by Trevor Mitchell shows the 1st class service the Brighton Belle used to bring for 40 years. An excellent choice of the picture as it has many different colours and lines to be identified on each puzzle piece.
There is more information about “that the magic of fine rail dining in the 1930s, complete with attentive white jacketed Pullman stewards and those sumptuous surroundings” It will be recreated and the Brighton Belle will be in service again towards the end of 2016. If you like to read more please go to the Brighton Belle website. Rather interesting!
The 1000 pieces are great card quality which you can be sorted easily without the danger of breaking them or the fear of the actual picture coming off.
Through the many different objects and people on the picture one can sort really well into colours and also shapes depending how you as puzzler prefer it. I prefer sorting in shapes first then colours.
The great thing with a Ravensburger, once you find a piece and it fits – it really fits, it really ‘clicks ‘in. It does have the soft click technology- not just a word- you can really feel it. You do not have to doubt if it is the right place as each piece is individually shaped. This is a big bonus and gives us puzzlers extra help especially for not such established puzzlers. The shapes are distinctive and sometimes you don’t even need to look at the picture so much. While doing piece by piece you feel and see the excellent quality.
See my progress….
My favourite moment is when I put the last piece in, I feel a sense of achievement and I can see the picture in full big glory.
I very much enjoyed doing this puzzle, it didn’t take long and even my children stopped by to put the odd piece in the right place. I can recommend this puzzle to all puzzlers out there and it would be a good start for someone who has never done 1000 pieces.
You can find the review on Debra’s blog “Not Compulsory“