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Benet XVI

I’d like to tell you today about a visitor we’ll be having here next sunday. When I say we, I mean Catalunya, and specially Barcelona. Yep, the pope is coming. I remember titles of some italian newspapers when he was elected, specially the headlines ‘Papa-razzi’ and ‘il pastore tedesco’ the german shepperd (the latest one in a communist newspaper).
Well, whatever one might think of him, he is coming here next sunday, to inaugurate the main nave of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Gaudi’s not yet finished masterwork. Some people having flats with a view on the cathedral are renting their balconies. At incredible rates, 700 to 1000 euros. For the day, obviously. Which is totally mad, but well, we’re living in a capitalist world. As long as someone is willing to pay for it…
The city will be so crowded! We will see if we brave the masses. Will tell you more about it… next monday.
By the way, Benet is catalan for Benedict. In french, the word benet means something totally different. Check it out! Here, for example.

9 responses

  1. We just got the latest National Geographic, which had a piece on the Sagrada Familia cathedral, so I just had to come check out your blog to see if you'd posted anything. Of course you did! I missed it somehow. Anyway, I checked out all your Sagrada Familia pics, and they've just left me speechless. It must be amazing to explore this in person… and if we're very, very good with our money, maybe we'll get to do that someday. Thanks for sharing!


    November 17, 2010 at 3:43 am

  2. Beautiful architectural photos and blog! Greetings, Linda


    November 3, 2010 at 4:47 am

  3. Wishing you all a safe day for this event. Rates for hotels went up over here as well, as about 80 per cent of rooms were booked due to the Marathon.

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    November 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm

  4. We'll count on your to get some GREAT blog photos of him (with you or without you in them)!


    November 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm

  5. How exciting!


    November 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

  6. Breathtaking architecture and beautiful shot!


    November 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

  7. What a cathedral. What an event.


    November 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

  8. Wouldn't the genius Gaudi have been proud!


    November 2, 2010 at 6:56 am

  9. It's going to be a big day for Barcelona!
    I went to the papal mass in Jerusalem but only because it was outside, in the valley, where you could move around freely or sit on the ground. Inside a packed church would be too much for me.
    A private balcony would be nice, but expensive!

    Do you really call him Benet? Oi, that French meaning is unfortunate.
    Remember his nickname? “God's Rottweiler.”
    I heard a Hebrew-speaking Franciscan priest in Jerusalem call him, “Our Pope Baruch.”

    May all go well with the blessing of the fantastic church (nave) and may all be safe.


    November 2, 2010 at 6:21 am