World’s most beautiful hospital: Sant Pau, Barcelona

Best regards from far,

The Sant Pau Art nouveau site is off the very beaten path of the modernist landmarks of Barcelona. A stone’s throw away from La Sagrada Familia, it is an impressive hospital that was built in the early 20th century and one of the most beautiful examples of modernist architecture.

At the turn of the 20th century, the population of Barcelona was rapidly growing and lacking a modern hospital. The 1401 Santa Creu hospital (the hospital of the Holy Cross) that had been in function for five centuries in the gothic heart of Barcelona was outdated. A new hospital was greatly needed.

Born and raised in Barcelona, and living in Paris where he got inspired by Lariboisière, the banker Paul Gil i Sera (1816-1896) became a generous benefactor and devoted a big part of his fortune to the construction of a new modern hospital in his hometown. It will take almost…

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The world offers a myriad of opportunities to realize our privilege.


Time is a magical and dramatic thing. It is only through the passing of years and through travel that we, creatures of modern times, are allowed to cross over into once forbidden or restricted places of the world. If you can’t find any other reason to leap onto the next plane, ponder the novelty of going somewhere that so many others before you could not. 

For example…

Created by the Soviet Union, the Iron Curtain once divided Europe in half, leaving those forbidden to enter it with only their imagination of what lay beyond. Take advantage of the fact that you can now discover the gorgeous city of Budapest, venture high into the mountains of Zakopane in Poland to indulge in delicious smoked cheese and visit the mystical Bran Castle in Romania, home of Dracula.

Auschwitz, in the 1940’s was a place no one would wish on even their most…

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For me, it’s about quality, not quantity. But, since I am a bit of a numbers geek and I love lists (sometimes a bit too much), here is a list of the European countries I have lived in or visited to date. I probably ought to pick up the pace. I’m not getting any younger, …

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The While in Europe List Round III

Romania, the Balkans and Eastern Europe for me… maybe we’ll see you there, Amanda!

Amanda Afield

We’ve committed to another year in the UK, but I think this time it will definitely be the last one. Which means we have to travel as much as possible while it’s still cheap to visit Europe.

Our ever growing bucket/while we live in Europe list has been updated since last year, and since then we’ve visited most of the places we hoped to, and have plans for the rest in the not too distant future.
Krakow-the history, architecture and food!We visited Krakow in December 2016, ate so many pierogis, visited Christmas markets and paid our respects at Auschwitz.It was a weekend we won’t soon forget.

Ben Nevis-It’s the only one of the three peaks we still haven’t summited (we hit the highest in Wales and England, only Scotland remains!)We have finally conquered the three peaks (even if it took us 3 years). We finished…

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