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A brief break from timber framing

We’ve just got back from a weekend break in Barcelona where we were able to escape the relentless awfulness of this winter’s weather, and at the same time sample the great food, drink and hospitality of the Catalans.

Highlights included an unprepossessing fish shop/restaurant where you picked your seafood and then watched them cook it. Nothing else. Nada. Just fish on a plate and a bottle of wine. Genius!
Special mention also for the patatas bravas – a tapas portion of fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce that now have a place in my heart. Think I might open a tapas bar in Presteigne…..mind you, we’d have to do all of our business on the only 3 sunny days of the year.

Food and drink aside, the rest of my senses were blown open by the sheer other worldly brilliance of Gaudi’s architecture at the Sagrada Familia (still not finished 122 years after it was started!). We spent a good couple of hours in silent awe – even our poor little digital camera got over excited and packed up after a few pics. I was left wondering what kind of structures Gaudi would have come up with if he had been a timber framer…

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