These magnificent doors are part of the Palau Güell, another masterpiece of architect Antoni Gaudi in the city of Barcelona.
How do you like to spend a rainy day? I love a rainy day, as long as I can be indoors for the most part. Since we get *very* little rain in L.A., any little bit of it brings me great joy. On such days I like to watch movies, catch up on the various TV series, read, or work on curating my photo library. And when if and when the rain tapers off, I venture out to take some pictures around the garden or on the streets. There’s nothing prettier than photos of wet streets, people holding umbrellas, their reflections, or plants and flowers covered with real rain drops.
List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary). Mine will be mostly sugary…. 1. A Brazilian treat called “Brigadeiro” made with condensed milk and chocolate and rolled into little bite-sized balls (sinfully delicious and sweet); 2. Italian gelato (pistachio is my favorite flavor); 3. Brownies! 4. Oysters! Large ones preferably; 5. Caramel Flan.
Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? I like to take them to the Getty Center, which houses the Getty Museum and other programs of the John Paul Getty Trust. The Getty is known for its fabulous architecture, beautiful gardens, and 360 degree views of Los Angeles, as it sits atop a hill. It’s a place to spend the day exploring art, nature, and food. I can’t remember how many times I’ve been there, but I always manage to find something new to enjoy and photograph. And the guests love it, too.
You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with? I feel I should say I’d like to be trapped with someone intelligent and interesting who would make the time fly until the elevator was fixed. Except that, being slightly claustrophobic, the last thing I need is someone brilliant watching me start hyperventilating and slowly just lose it… In this situation, as I always say in real life, I’d want someone like a US Navy Seal. You know, the type of person who’s been through all sorts of situations and would look me in the eye and say: “Don’t worry ma’am, I’ll get us out of here.” Then I would take a deep breath, close my eyes, and wait while he called for help! 😀
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful that I had my routine checkup last week and everything was A-OK. There’s nothing special happening this week but I look forward to some wonderful surprise. Who knows?!
I have many images of bridges from around the world, but for this week’s Daily Post Challenge: Bridge I’m featuring the bridge for which I have a special fondness and that I had a chance to photograph again a couple months ago: San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge.“The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km), one-point-seven-mile-long (2.7 km) channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean… The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.” (Wikipedia)
Old door, Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Avignon, France.
The Palais des Papes is the largest Gothic palace in the world. There are 15,000 square meters of living space, which is the equivalent of 4 Gothic cathedrals. Its construction began in AD 1252 and it became the residence of the Popes in 1309. The huge structure is actually two palaces joined together, each built for a different pope. The palace was seized and sacked by revolutionary forces during the French Revolution in 1789 so most rooms are totally empty, but some beautiful frescos were preserved.
The Courtyard (the old door can be seen on the far right).
The Palais de Papes external view. Detail of the main entrance and towers.