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We've been meaning to go to Barcelona for years, I'd love to see Gaudi's work.

Lucy @ Attic24

Oh yes, I was there last October and it is truly awesome. Did you go to the parc guell??? Can't wait to see more pics!

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

Bill and I went to Barcelona for a Saltiel family reunion (you can find us on the net as Shealtiel Family Worldwide) and were completely smitten with the city. The Music Palace, La Rambla in all it's vital life and colour, Montjuic. Loved the fountain in the Parc Cuitadella, and oh the presense of Gaudi's brilliance everywhere - Parc Guell and his various apartments, etc. But The Sagrada Familia is althogether the epitome of eclecticness don't you think? I'm sure it has progressed in eight years but like you I have vowed to return in my lifetime (I said twenty years) but even though in 2000 they anticipated completion in 2020 I doubt it will be finished by then, still I shall return! I love that we have walked on the same ground. How are the renovations coming? Looking forward to seeing more photos of the house in progress! Cheers, Alice

Sarah S.

Beautiful pictures! Coming over from Magpie Files.

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon