It is still winter, but my iris bulbs are shooting leaves up while my yard fairy stands guard. They did not bloom the first year after I planted them, but I have high hopes.
I also have high hopes for my goals. Many people hate making (and keeping) New Year’s resolutions like lose weight, exercise more, and save money. Yes. I need to do all that too, but I’d rather concentrate on goals. They are more energizing. Mine are to finish Forgotten Princess and get it released. I also want to release Holiday with a Royal, which is out with a beta reader.
I learned some interesting things doing research for Forgotten Princess. Barcelona has a varied assortment of specially designed street tiles, some by Antoni Gaudi, and some by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Those and other architects have worked with Casa Escofet, a construction company that won a bid held by the City Hall back in 1916. They’ve been paving Barcelona ever since. Each district of the city has it’s own distinctive tile design. La Rambla, the famous pedestrian walkway with shops, restaurants, and a theater has tiles with a pattern called el vibrazo that makes the pavement look wavy.
The tile shown above with a circle design in the middles is one of 115 Flor de Barcelona tiles placed in spots near modernistic buildings. I wish I had known this when I visited that city. The only pattern I noticed was the one in La Rambla, where my husband and I ate paella at a restaurant and drank strong coffee. Later, after visiting Sagrada Familia, also designed by Gaudi, we were glad to find a Starbucks for a more familiar taste.
Sagrada Familia is a church unlike any other. Many statues and fanciful designs are carved into the walls, including a large carved scene of the holy family. Gaudi’s over-the-top creative designs inspired the American term gaudy, to describe overly flamboyant attire or jewelry.
Work has begun on the final six of the eighteen towers planned. The tallest of the six spires, the Tower of Jesus Christ will measure over 172 meters and make the Sagrada Família the tallest, religious building in Europe. Chief architect Jordi Fauli said the structure is on track to complete in 2026 to coincide with the centenary of Gaudi’s death. I’m betting tour tickets will be scarce then. Below is an image showing how finished building will look.