Author Archives: Kelsey

The Alhambra

City: Granada, Spain
Weather: 63°, sunny
Site: Alhambra, Generalife, and Nasrid Palace
Activity: 4 hour tour
 

We learned about the Alhambra in Architectural History and we’ve been really looking forward to getting over there since then. Problem was, I didn’t realize how many other people felt the same way. It was probably the most crowded architectural site I’ve ever been to. (more than the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, Statue of Liberty…) So actually touring the site wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped, but it was beautiful. And HUGE. It’s a walled city on a hill with multiple palaces and gardens. 

Alhambra Nasrid Palace
Alhambra Nasrid Palace
Alhambra Nasrid Palace
Alhambra Nasrid Palace
Alhambra Nasrid Palace
Alhambra Nasrid Palace
Alhambra Nasrid Palace
Alhambra Summer Palace
Alhambra
Alhambra Nasrid Palace Ceiling
Alhambra
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Around Barcelona

City: Barcelona, Spain
Weather: 68°, sunny
Site: beach, Barcelona Pavillon, Contemporary Art Museum
Activity: lots of cab rides

We did so much in our short 36 hours in Barcelona, mostly by hopping in and out of cabs which were really easy and cheap. Probably the best part of the day was Paella on the beach. I don’t take photos of food but I’m kind of regretting that decision this time. Our big plate of rice, muscles, scallops, shrimp, rabbit, and sausage… perfectly yellow with saffron. And a glass of white wine to wash it down with. 

Beach in Barcelona
Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum
Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum
Barcelona Pavillon
Barcelona Pavilion
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Hospital de la Santa Creu

City: Barcelona, Spain
Weather: 68°, sunny
Site: Hospital de la Santa Creu
Activity: colors

This hospital was not designed by Gaudi, but it shares its whimsy and time period with many of Gaudi’s work. Also, Gaudi died here after getting hit by a tram. The Hospital de la Santa Creu is another example of Catalan civil-Gothic architecture

Hospital de la Santa Creu
Hospital de la Santa Creu
Hospital de la Santa Creu
Hospital de la Santa Creu
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Casa Battlo

City: Barcelona, Spain
Weather: 68°, sunny
Site: Casa Batllo
Activity: Dodging high school tour groups

So many amazing details to comment on. See below. Every tiny bit of this home is thought out. 

Casa Batllo Staircase
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo Ceiling
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo
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Sagrada Familia

City: Barcelona, Spain
Weather: 68°, sunny
Site: Sagrada Familia
Activity: Looking Up

More of a collage, hodge podge, Disney castle than I expected but still had some really beautiful moments. Like those colors inside! Expected completion… 2028. Almost 150 years after it was started. 

Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia Stained Glass
Sagrada Familia Ceiling
Sagrada Familia Stained Glass
Sagrada Familia
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Casa Mila

City: Barcelona, Spain
Weather: 68°, sunny
Site: Casa Mila
Activity: Roof climbing 

Casa Mila was designed by Gaudi in 1906 and was full of textures, colors, curves. Loved it. Just wish we could live in an apartment where someone cared to design everything down to the window hardware. 

 
Casa Mila Looking Up
Casa Mila Exterior
Casa Mila Rooftop
Casa Mila Rooftop
Casa Mila
Casa Mila Roof Sculptures
Casa Mila Entry
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Park Guell

City: Barcelona, Spain
Weather: 68°, sunny
Site: Park Guell
Activity: climbing stairs, sitting on park benches

 

When you go to Barcelona, even if you’re not looking for him, you will find Antonio Gaudi. Alex and I were very much in search of Gaudi’s famous works so we started the day early with his Park Guell.

Park Guell Mosaic Bench
Park Guell Entry Building

 

 
Park Guell Columns
Park Guell Arches
Park Guell Columns
Park Guell Entry
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Nejjarine Museum

City: Fez, Morocco
Weather: 80°, sunny
Site: Nejjarine Museum of Wood Crafts
Activity: climbing stairs, looking at wood artifacts
Nejjarine Museum of Fez
Nejjarine Museum of Fez
Nejjarine Museum of Fez
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Royal Palace & Jewish Tombs

City: Fez, Morocco
Weather: 80°, sunny
Site: Jewish Cemetery, Royal Palace
Activity: reading tombstones
 

Day 2 in Fez, we visited a couple Jewish synagogues and their massive tomb site. The Royal Palace isn’t open for visitors but the entry gate is pretty impressive. 

Jewish Tombs in Fez
Jewish Tombs in Fez
Jewish Tombs in Fez
Royal Palace in Fez
Gold Palace Gate in Fez
Palace Gates in Fez
Palace Wall in Fez
Palace Wall in Fez
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Fez Tanneries

City: Fez, Morocco
Weather: 75°, sunny
Site: The Medina & Tanneries
Activity: getting yelled at by shop owners

The stank of Fez Tanneries is worth enduring for a glimpse at the leather making process of Morocco. We were harassed by a few different guys trying to get money out of us just to see the tannery, but it was pretty amazing seeing the vats of dye, fresh hides, and over worked donkeys.

 

Tannery of Fez
Tannery of Fez
Fez Medina
Square in Fez
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Fez Medina

City: Fez, Morocco
Weather: 75°, sunny
Site: The Medina
Activity: photographing shops

 

 

Meat shop in Fez
Orange Cart in Fez
Chamomile in Fez
Cart of Snails in Fez
Outside a mosque in Fez
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Shopping Marrakech

City: Marrakech, Morocco
Weather: 80°, sunny
Site: The Medina
Activity: attempting to barter

Everything feels photogenic in Morocco. Bright colors and textures on all surfaces. And to be expected, aggressive bartering for anything you want to buy.

 

Soaps at the Jama Al F’na
Cat and Leather in The Medina
Leather Pouf Shop
Moroccan Lamp Shopping
Lamp in Marrakech
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YSL Garden

City: Marrakech, Morocco
Weather: 75°, sunny
Site: Jardin Majorelle or YSL Garden
Activity: Museum of Marrakech, looking at Cacti

This is a 12 acre garden originally designed by a French artist in the 1920s, YSL purchased in 1980 so you can also do some pricey shopping here now.

YSL Garden in Marrakech
Cactus in YSL Garden Marrakech
YSL Garden in Marrakech
YSL Garden in Marrakech
YSL Garden in Marrakech

 

 

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Marrakech – Squares and Palaces

City: Marrakech, Morocco
Weather: 75°, sunny
Site: The Medina, Jamaa al F’na
Activity: looking
Bread in Marrakech
Tile & Cat in Marrakech
Stork nest in Marrakech
El Badi Palace in Marrakech
Flag of Marrakech
Soaps in Marrakech
Alex under Arch
Colored glass at Bahia Palace

 

 

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Madrasa of Marrakech

City: Marrakech, Morocco
Weather: 75°, sunny
Site: Ben Yousef Madrasa
Activity: exploring every. single. dorm room
Courtyard at Ben Yousef Madrasa
Carvings at Ben Yousef
Arches in Marrakech
My Face
Courtyard of Ben Yousef
Alexander at Ben Yousef
Bedroom at Ben Yousef
Bedroom at Ben Yousef
Bedroom window at Ben Yousef
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Best Friends

This first image I was trying out my fish eye lens that The Reeves so kindly gave me for christmas! It’s pretty fun and dreamy but hard to get the focus right.

IMG_2085 edit IMG_2078 edit

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Patterns

See I wasn’t kidding when I said “pattern cray”. This is our awesome rug from the West Elm Outlet in San Marcos. Otie looks like a precious baby lamb. I love lazy weekends.

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Triangle Mania

Our project of the week was to paint the focal wall behind our (future) couch. The issue was that the couch’s off-white color didn’t pop against the equally boring off-white of the wall behind it so we decided to go crazy with pattern. I think Alex is still wary of all the colors and patterns but I think it’s funnnnn.

Not as cheap of a project as we thought because we had to buy 4 different greens to get the effect as well as lots of blue tape which is stupidly expensive. Think it was worth the cash though!

 

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Couch in Progress

My handy husband working on our future couch. It’s been sad not having a couch. That means we’ve been sitting on the floor  a lot watching tv/eating while watching tv. I think sofas are my favorite piece of furniture so I’m reeeeeaaallly hoping this little project turns out comfortable. I mean it wont be AMAZING since it’s pretty much a glorified bench but with a few throw pillows… maybe. So this gem was practically trash. Alex bought it in Hamilton a while back. We painted it a canvas white and we’re having an awesome velvety cushion made for it. Hope it looks nice. The ladies at the upholstery place didn’t speak the best of English (kind of like anyone living near us) so I’m hoping they understood me… Guess we will find out this week when they finish it!

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Ropes and Ropes and Ropes

One of the big reasons I love NYC: The city sees the value of spending money on public art and landscaping.

These showed up yesterday in Madison Square Park. They are made out of painted, knotted rope. Very cool and something I could imagine myself designing if I had thousands of yard of rope laying around. I prefer public art to art in museum for many reasons.

1.       The looks on people’s faces as they walk by. Mostly disgust honestly. Sometimes glee as they take out their camera phones and pose in front of it. Art loses its pretentious-ness when average people can respond to it honestly without knowing they spent $25 in museum entrance fees to see it.

2.       The ability to touch/photograph/let your dog pee on it and not get yelled at by eager docents. I got yelled at twice at the Guggenheim the other day. It hurts my feelings.

3.       How it transforms a mundane experience into something novel. Lets you see your surroundings in a way you haven’t.

 

So that’s my two cents on the matter. I’m lucky to live in a place with money to put into their parks and even more lucky to have a job right across the street from such a beautiful place.

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