La Sagrada Familia | Barcelona, Spain

The Church of the Sagrada Familia is a wonder to behold - simple as that. It is at the same time sacred architecture, modern art sculpture, act of worship, national symbol, expressionist experiment....and on and on the adjectives flow. All fitting. All falling short. Perhaps Antonio Gaudi's church is best described by the builder himself:

'The creation continues incessantly through the media of man.'  Antonio Gaudi

Amen. Now go visit it for yourself. 

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10 Must-Taste Treats in Delicious Barcelona

Barcelona is a feast for the eyes, the imagination, and the taste buds. Here are some of our favorite finds from the capital of Catalonia. Special thanks to Marta Greber for all of her impeccable cafe / bar / restaurant suggestions.

The delightful Brunch & Cake. 

The delightful Brunch & Cake. 

Churros. Hot off the grill. Made by la abuela. 

Churros. Hot off the grill. Made by la abuela. 

Barceloneta.

Barceloneta.

Solonica Lukumas. 

Solonica Lukumas. 

Our favorite Vermut and tapas, Morro Fi.

Our favorite Vermut and tapas, Morro Fi.

Bar Pasages.

Bar Pasages.

Satan's Coffee Corner. Inside the bike shop.

Satan's Coffee Corner. Inside the bike shop.

Marcos of Satan's Coffee Corner.

Marcos of Satan's Coffee Corner.

Barcelona's best brew.

Barcelona's best brew.

Our first 'Cronut.' Not our last.

Our first 'Cronut.' Not our last.

The very cozy Granja Petibo.

The very cozy Granja Petibo.

These are everywhere. Thankfully.

These are everywhere. Thankfully.

Timesburg Hamburgueseria.

Timesburg Hamburgueseria.

Vermut, Bar Pasages

Vermut, Bar Pasages

Gaudi's Park Güell | Barcelona

How do you photograph a place like Antoni Gaudí s magical Park Güell? How do you capture the Dr. Seuss-like whimsy, the impossible intricacy - the romantic sense of place? Maybe you can't. Or, maybe by zooming in on the details of the place we can interpolate just a bit of the genius behind such a strange, magical creation. If only we could have had it to ourselves.

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A Little Spring Building Project

It all started with a sketch and a blank wall. Three weekends later...we had a new set of homemade shelves. The structure is supported by using a 'French cleat,' but we hope our new shelves embody a more Danish-leaning aesthetic.

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'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.'

-William Morris

Re-covered Books | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Even though the full spectrum of the 'house elf' Dobby's heroism doesn't materialize until later in the Harry Potter series, he now has a place of honor on the re-covered books version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.*

*Full disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by SPEW.

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2 Hours in Paris

What do you do when you have a five hour layover at Charles de Gaulle Airport? Obviously, you throw caution to the wind and make a dead sprint into the 'City of Lights.' And in a blaze (or was it a blur) of glory you (1) visit the 'Pigeon Lady' of Notre Dame, (2) eat at the glorious Al Dar Lebanese Restaurant (so many Baklavas!), (3) get a little lost, (4) snack on macaroons, (5) outrun a rain storm, (6) fall asleep on a train, and (7) ride in an airport trolley.

Phewf, just made it!

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Vienna Part 2 | A Culinary Carnival

Vienna just before Christmas was magical. Between the architecture, the fresh breads, the stalls of mulled wine spotted throughout the city, the come-and-go sunshine, and the bustling crowds - it was the perfect little holiday getaway. Below are some of favorite 'food finds' in the ever-surprising Austrian capital. 

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By far our favorite foodie shop in Vienna: Julius Meinl, just off the main shopping street.

By far our favorite foodie shop in Vienna: Julius Meinl, just off the main shopping street.

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Naschmarket fruit stalls.

Naschmarket fruit stalls.

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Pretzel vendors, Museum Quarter.

Pretzel vendors, Museum Quarter.

Zotter 'choose and melt' hot chocolate...and they even had Lactose Free Milk (Naschmarket).

Zotter 'choose and melt' hot chocolate...and they even had Lactose Free Milk (Naschmarket).

Everywhere everywhere, gluhwein everywhere.

Everywhere everywhere, gluhwein everywhere.

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Deep fried Marzipan & Chocolate Dumplings served with jam and cream.

Deep fried Marzipan & Chocolate Dumplings served with jam and cream.

The best croissants we have ever tasted.

The best croissants we have ever tasted.

Girl loves her bratwurst and Austrian brew.

Girl loves her bratwurst and Austrian brew.

The Royal Opera House, intermission of The Nutcracker.

The Royal Opera House, intermission of The Nutcracker.

Re-Covered Books | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

What can we say...we love Hagrid. And how can you not? Without question, he is one of Harry's most loyal friends and confidants. And so he gets a place of honor on the Re-covered Books version of Prisoner of Azkaban. 

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Original concept sketch.

Original concept sketch.

Early draft (abandoned).

Early draft (abandoned).

Draft Sketch.

Draft Sketch.

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Coming soon: Re-Covered Books | Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

An Introduction to Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013)

Every once and a while an artist comes along and takes something ordinary or common and then shows it back to us in an extraordinary new way (Andy Warhol comes to mind). Artist Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013) was one of those kind of artists. Below is a sample of his beautiful woodcut prints - made from the captivating cross sections of found tree trunks. You can learn more about Bryan here and definitely check out his book of woodcut prints here. You can watch a video of the artist's process here.

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