Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló, built between 1904 and 1906 in the heart of the city of Barcelona, is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect.

Gaudí gave Casa Batlló a facade that is original, fantastical and full of imagination. He replaced the original facade with a new composition of stone and glass. He ordered the external walls to be redesigned to give them a wavy shape, which was then plastered with lime mortar and covered with a mosaic of fragments of coloured glass and ceramic discs.

At the top of the facade, the roof is in the shape of an animal’s back with large iridescent scales. The spine which forms the ornamental top is composed of huge spherical pieces of masonry in colours which change as you move along the roof-tree from one end to the other.

The long gallery of the main suite, the Noble Floor, overlooking Passeig de Gràcia, is composed of wooden-framed windows which are opened and closed by raising and lowering using counterweights. They are unusual in that there are no jambs or mullions, so that it is possible to raise all of the window panes and have a continuous panoramic opening running the full width of the room.

On the level of the ground floor, the Noble Floor and the first floor, the facade includes slender pillars of Montjuic stone which form bone-like shapes and are decorated with typically modernist floral designs.

The balcony railings in the shape of masks are made of wrought iron cast in a single piece and are secured by two anchor points in such a way that the balconies partly project outwards.

As a whole, the facade is a joyful and allegorical representation, full of organic elements and colours and charged with symbolism, a wonderful spectacle in the city which inspires the most sublime sentiments in all those who gaze upon it. The house is a dialogue between light and colour.

For: #MySundayPhoto – Reflection, early morning…, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the Fall (Sundays In My City), Jo’s Monday walk : Aydon Castle

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The City’s Splendour


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “The Wild Swans at Coole” by William Butler Yeats: woodland, twilight, count, wheeling, lighter, lover, passion, wander, drift, edge, pool, find

as the lovers wander through the woodland, they drift
they were wheeling and walking in passion, a gift
trying to get out of the woods before twilight
find themselves at the edge of the woods, such delight

walking around the city as they count their steps
avoiding the guards marching so they sidestep
with horses and guards march by the palace, great sight
they have reached the edge of the woods, what a delight

the city so charming, they fell in love with it
lots of interesting places, they have to admit
at night, all the lights are on and everything’s bright
they have reached the edge of the woods, what a delight

cruising along the River Thames is also fun
one way to reach Greenwich and that’s what they have done
passing by the Tower Bridge and the Parliament
don’t forget the Shard almost directly in front

several of the city’s skyscrapers are there
they won’t miss Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square
people walking and chatting, city so vibrant
museums to see, places to eat on the front

holding hands in Hyde Park and the weather’s so good
watching people hither and thither as they stood
eating ice-cream from the place they love to frequent
they have to queue as children are happy in front

bright colourful flowers float in Canary Wharf
some art was there with characters that can be morphed
they were entertained, creation was so brilliant
they have reached the edge of the woods, what a delight

the lovers enjoy holiday in the city
they go home content after their shopping spree
people walking and chatting, city so vibrant
they have to queue as children are happy in front*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* The La’ritmo, created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 8 4-line stanzas. Each line MUST contain 12 syllables.

Rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb ccbB ddbB eeff ggfF hhfF iibB jjfF

The repetition of 4th line in each stanza can either be an exact repetitive line, or a variation with the exact same end-rhyme word.

The form was created by me, Laura Lamarca, but was officially named by Chandni Hingorani. “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature and “ritmo” in Italian, simply means “rhythm”. 

For: Sunday Photo Fiction – October 23rd 2016, Whirligig 82 by Magical Mystical Teacher


Squash or pumpkin?

Well, to keep it simple, pumpkin is one type of squash and squash generally refers to four species of genus cucurbita, including the species to which pumpkin belongs. So, to make it clearer, both squash and pumpkin belong to the same family (the cucurbitaceae). A pumpkin is a type of squash.

For: Friday Food: Veggies. Also for: #MySundayPhoto – Morning Sun, ALL SEASONS – BRIGHT OCTOBER 24, Planting Carrots in Our Backyard (Sundays In My City)

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Gates of Hell


Welcome to the gates of hell, my city where I spend 3 to 4 hours of traffic gridlock with the rest of thousands of commuters, in the heat of around 34 degrees. The few elevated train lines that ply major routes in Metro Manila become packed like sardines, especially during morning and afternoon rush hours. Manila, where the stench of Pasig River, the rubbish on the streets, the thickest smog and the slum areas tells us teeming poverty is thriving and people go their normal ways. Where I don’t feel safe, as pickpockets roam the city and corruption is widespread. Where my home could be broken and things stolen. Manila, where I keep coming back.

Manila, my home
Poverty, traffic like hell
But life goes on

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Haibun Monday # 23 – contemporary cityscape by Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

Local – Photo Challenge

Michaeligarten in Ostpark is our favourite beer garden and spend most of our Sundays here. The view on the little lake is stunning, we usually sit in the shadow under trees but there also plenty of sunny places. It’s just 15 to 20 minutes bike ride from our place, so it’s very convenient.

For: Local. Also for: #MySundayPhoto – Hey Ladybird, Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival (Sundays In My City), ALL SEASONS – THIRD WEEK OF OCTOBER

Other “local” posts:

Where is Home?

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#MySundayPhoto, Seasons and My City

by Charles Baudelaire

THEY say to me, thy clear and crystal eyes:
“Why dost thou love me so, strange lover mine?”
Be sweet, be still! My heart and soul despise
All save that antique brute-like faith of thine;

And will not bare the secret of their shame
To thee whose hand soothes me to slumbers long,
Nor their black legend write for thee in flame!
Passion I hate, a spirit does me wrong.

Let us love gently. Love, from his retreat,
Ambushed and shadowy, bends his fatal bow,
And I too well his ancient arrows know:

Crime, horror, folly. O pale marguerite,
Thou art as I, a bright sun fallen low,
O my so white, my so cold Marguerite.

For: #MySundayPhoto – Changing Seasons, Marina View (Sundays In My City), SEASONS – MID SEPTEMBER

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Manila by the Hotdogs

No place in the world like Manila – my hometown. I keep coming back to Manila, even though I left it many moons ago. It was the place where I was born, went to school and university. Where I had my first job, met and had my first love and of course, my family and friends are still here. The lyrics are with the song. Here are some more photos of Manila. Cheers everyone!

For: Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 9/11/16, #MySundayPhoto – Sunset Baby! , Conservatory of Flowers (Sundays In My City)

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Hello everyone! May is HRH the son’s birthday, he’s 24! Cheers! We’re also looking forward to his wedding to his beautiful K this month. We’re all excited!

We are happy, Him Indoor and I
We can feel the son is so happy
We are happy he found his Sweetie
She’s very lovely, we all agree
They can plan their future, all coolly
We’re happy to share with you all
Something positive and exciting
The world is wonderful and brightly

I love the spring flowers around at this time.

See the flowers bloom
Get rid of the gloom
Our days are getting longer
Warblers are singing
And we’re out biking
And the sky, is it clearer?

Tortoises are out
They’re walking about
Crocuses and daffodils
Tulips and snowdrops
Garden as backdrops
Just to be out give us thrills

These ponies are adorable.

To sleep, perchance to dream
Horses gallop across moonbeam
To dream, ah, that is so divine
Sailing across the river Rhine
Where all her thoughts meshed
And waking up feeling refreshed

We started cycling around, and the white blossoms are lovely.

stars of spring
flower buds begin to peek
hundreds of white blooms

all the signs of spring are here
rejoice and let’s welcome it


hanging around by the lake.

fountains, ducks and coots
having ice-cream by the lake
our Sunday’s pleasure

walking around our town.

Life’s never smooth sailing
It will surely pass
After winter, there’s spring
It’s always green, the grass

Hope you enjoyed the little tour in our part of the world.

For: SEASONS – WHAT’S UP IN MAY by Jesh Stg and Ten Things of Thankful 149 (Love, light, and limbo) #10Thankful by Lizzi. Also, it may be used for: #Maydays Prompt – Lessons learnt

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