Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona, Spain is a wonder of Modernisme architecture. Although I think of Gaudí’s style as being very rounded and natural, he also uses angles incredibly well. In the Passion façade, he uses stark angles to show the harsh bleakness of Christ’s passion and death.
In the interior, he uses organic angles on the tree-like pillars to give a sense of opening above. And outside, he includes many peaks that point heavenward.
One of the my favorite things about Rome was the constant juxtaposition of things modern and ancient…and plenty of things in between! There is so much history in this city, but it is living history. Imagine seeing these buildings on your commute every day!
Like many European cities, Dublin has bikes widely available for rental. I loved seeing the long rows of them, broken only when someone had borrowed one. The ads on the bikes are for Coke Zero (is that as popular in Europe as here?), but the Dublin Bikes logo is in blue.
Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only fjord, which technically is neither a sea nor a lake, but it still makes for a cool-looking waterscape. The fjord was made by a glacier on its way to the Atlantic ocean. Even with the clouds it was a lovely sight. There was even a pair of swans floating around, and some decorative landscaping spelling “Fáilte” or “welcome.”