Depth | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

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I cannot think of a person, designer or architect who has put so much depth in his work more than Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudi. One thing is to see his work on books and pictures and another thing is to see it in person. Finally when I made it to Barcelona,  the depth of minute details in all his work really mesmerized me. Even the street pavement Gaudi designed outside the Pedrera building was outstanding, Gaudi’s work is recognizable by colorful broken tiles and organic material, undulating building, catenary arches and unusual columns, nature references, religious expressions and a load of colors.

Park Güell is colorful, there is a lot to absorb,  the depth of games of architecture with nature is amazing! I sat on the mosaic serpentine seats for a long time admiring the detailed mosaic work and imagining how long it took the tile setters to put together all of that beauty. The seats are not just a pretty creation, they are ergonomic and even if they are built with stones, they are very comfortable, in fact I sat and watched the tourists, enjoyed the Mediterranean Sea out there beyond the city in the depth of the mist and fantasized how it could have been to work with Antoni Gaudi.

Walking under the columns of Plaça de la Natura, a public covered market that never made it, I felt the heaviness and the playfulness of Gaudi’s architecture. From the distance the ceiling covered with millions of tile chips resembles a snake skin and four medallions also made with colorful tiles tell the story of the effects the sun has on nature and people. Enjoy the slide show.

Ciao,
Valentina

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10626547_10203527385518761_5878448476892428943_nI am writing a travel diary with some of my new experiences and sharing with all of you my notes of feelings, observations, food-wine tasting, history, architecture and anything that really strikes my fancy. I organize trips for small groups of people who want to live it up in Italy and Puglia! In my books about Puglia cuisine, readers will find many easy recipes to follow at home. Check out my books on
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Texture | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

This week challenge is Texture. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/texture

After learning about La Boqueria Market at a few T.V. cooking shows, I couldn’t wait to visit this open market when I was in Barcelona and there I went straight down La Ramblas to find it. I got hit with a profusion of colors, aromas and flavors that was hard to resist. I spent a few hours getting lost in food heaven, looking, learning and taking photos. I wanted to taste everything, or just about until I saw the Percebes.

 

What in the world are these things? I was stunned, curious and disgusted all at the same time, but I was not leaving before my curiosity was satisfied. I waited to talk to the vendor until she was free from customers to bombard her with my questions.

Percebes are one of the most sought after delicacies in Spain. They are goose barnacles, taste briny and are very expensive. They are painstakingly harvested off the rocky shores of Galicia, in the North-West of Spain. It is very dangerous to harvest them due to the waves battering the rocks. Look at the price on the sign, Euro 55 per Kilo if you take them home and cook, or else if eaten at restaurants the price is much higher. Percebes are simply sautéed in olive oil with rock salt, or steamed, some people will make a simple wine and cream sauce.

I was not convinced enough and I did not get to taste Percebes while I was in Barcelona, my loss. Perhaps next time I return to Barcelona I will. Ciao,
Valentina
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I am writing a travel diary of my last trip to Puglia and Europe with an American group and sharing with all of you my notes of feelings, observations, food-wine tasting and experiences that have changed the life of people traveling with me. The trips I organize are made for people who want to live it up! Check out my books on

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ZigZag | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

This week WP Photo challenge is Zigzag   –  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/zigzag

Last May, I spent some time in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities in Europe. I shot photos of anything I fancied and as any tourist, most of the time, I walked with my nose up in the sky to catch the best details of architecture. However, in Barcelona in some are areas even the street pavement is decorated to perfection. Never know what you are going to find on the floor. This is after all Gaudi’s city, where the most undulated and creative architecture was planned.

On the way to la Pedrera, I saw this beautiful building on the Passeig de Gràcia. The balconies are perfectly aligned in the classic order, but the angle I chose to take it’s very deceiving, it shows the balconies in a zigzag line. Visually I like it better this way and if I was living in that zigzag illusion, I would be able to see inside the balconies below mine. Curious Valentina!

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Passeig de Gràcia is a busy street, very fashionable shops and fancy buildings line this long street, where people stroll for fun to lose a few hours. That is a fun European past time. Get out for fresh air, window-shopping, licking an ice cream, sit at a café, converse with a walking companion and lose a few hours. It’s so refreshing!

I would like to live in that building, would you? Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2014 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val LeopardValentina will host one or two trips a year to Italy and Europe. In Italy especially, she will take her small groups to the non-commercial Italy, areas not beaten down by massive tourism. Valentina will guide the tours through art, architecture, food, shopping and special adventures organized for people who want to live it up! Check out her books on

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