Gaudi got his ideas from here… or did he?

Some 20 kms. west of Reus (Catalonia, Spain), where famous architect Antoni Gaudi was born, there is a rock formation called “Los Colosos” (The Colossals). Some of the rock formations and caves remind the visitor of Gaudi’s work. Take a look at all the pictures I took and judge for yourself. I even compared some of the photos I took with some of Gaudi’s creations (bottom). Gaudi was inspired by nature since he was a child and his work clearly reflects it.

This theory could just be a coincidence… But I guess we will never know. In the meantime, just take a look and enjoy nature’s work… and Gaudi’s, as well! ūüėČ

And here are the comparisons between the rock formations and Gaudi’s actual work:

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Park G√ľell (top) in Barcelona
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Casa Batlló (top) in Barcelona
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Casa Batlló (top) in Barcelona
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Casa Batlló (top) in Barcelona

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The majestic and royal Charles Bridge

There are several must-see places in Prague. One of them is Charles Bridge. What a bridge! It stills amazes me to be able to see, to touch, to walk on a bridge that was built more that 600 years ago!!! Amazing, isn’t it? Christopher Columbus had not yet discovered America and this bridge was already 90-something years-old! Pretty cool, huh?

It’s a pedestrians-only bridge, with statues and watching-towers, like in a feary tale. But all good bridge needs a good river, and in this case, the Vlata river is the perfect “partner-in-crime.” It’s wide, clean, silent, elegant. Locals (and tourists) spend the summer afternoons navigating the river in boats of all sizes, from which one can contemplate Charles Bridge from a different perspective.

I want to share with you several photos I took of Charles Bridge, from different angles. But first, I recommend reading an intro from Wikipedia to become familiar with this historic bridge.

From Wikipedia:

“The¬†Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vlata river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158‚Äď1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge, but has been the “Charles Bridge” since 1870. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle¬†and the city’s Old Town¬†and adjacent areas. This “solid-land” connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

The bridge is 621 metres (2,037¬†ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33¬†ft) wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter¬†side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.”

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Trams of Prague

I just visited Prague, capital of Czech Republic, a few days ago. I really enjoyed it. I found it to be a beautiful city, with lots of interesting and nice things to see and discover. Starting with this post, I’ll publish several others with lots of pictures I took during the 3-days trip. Today’s post is about Prague’s trams, which I found so pretty. I feel the oldest trams share a mix of nostalgia, history, magic, and usefulness. Enjoy the trip! ūüėČ

Primer entreno del CF Reus 2016-17

El CF Reus Deportiu comenz√≥ el lunes, 11 de julio su preparaci√≥n para disputar la temporada 2016-17 en segunda divisi√≥n (la LaLiga2) del f√ļtbol espa√Īol. El CF Reus entren√≥ en el Complex de Futbol Salou bajo la atenta mirada de su entrenador Natxo Gonz√°lez.

Nota: Fotos tomadas por Enrique Carri√≥n para Vavel Espa√Īa. Prohibida su reproducci√≥n sin permiso del autor. Gracias.