Bringing in Reinforcements

Chris’ parents came to Europe for a couple weeks to tour with us and help with the kids. Somehow they knew that two toddlers in Europe would be quite a handful and that we might appreciate some help for a couple weeks. They also were saints and babysat the girls so we could have some much-needed date nights. The girls were so excited to see Grandma and Papa!

Now that we were Barcelona experts (after all, we’d been there for nearly a week), we were the tour guides. On our first day, we took them around the old town and up to Park Guell.

Today we finally went into the Barcelona Cathedral. It was beautiful inside. I love the height in these old cathedrals. It definitely does draw the eye and mind upward.

These two buildings are Barcelona’s government buildings. They face each other in a big open plaza. This is where the people of Barcelona gather to protest and voice their opinions.

Bubbles!!! Behind the cathedral there was a man making bubbles for anyone who wanted to enjoy them (and make a small contribution). The girls spent quite a while chasing the bubbles around trying to pop them. It’s good to take some breaks from our sight-seeing and let the kids run around — they need it, and it helps keep all of us sane.

After a quick break for naps, we took an afternoon walk to Park Guell. It’s only a 1o minute walk from where we were staying, but it’s all up a very steep hill (both ways, in the snow…)  Kudos to Chris for pushing the girls in the stroller all the way there up the hill. Thanks love!


I forgot to add this into a previous post (because we have no pictures), but we were adventurous and took the kids to the Picasso Museum. Crazy? I know. We are. And it was.

The museum is in the Barri Gotic neighborhood of Barcelona and in a really neat building that is full of history itself. We were told that this should take about an hour to tour the whole museum. That sounded reasonable, so we went in. The girls did really good for about the first 10 minutes. We tried to speed through it, but with the kids it just takes longer. We ended up seeing most the of museum and enjoying quite a few paintings along the way. I just feel bad for everyone else in the museum at the same time we were. They would probably remember us if they ever saw us again.

Before touring the museum, I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of Picasso, but the museum is filled with his earlier works and they kind of won me over. Walking along and seeing his works change a bit over time helped me understand and appreciate his artistic style a little bit better.

This was my favorite painting: Science and Charity by Picasso. He painted this at 16! Chris typically subscribes to the Brian Regan methodology of art. It wasn’t until he saw this painting that he understood that Picasso didn’t paint “weird stuff” because he was a poor painter, but rather because by age 16 he was already a pro. There wasn’t anything else to do except explore styles that no one else had ever thought of. Pretty cool! Kind of.

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