Eleven O’Clock Road Trip: Lleida

by Becky on December 27, 2012 · 3 comments

in Travel


I love nothing more than discovering a new–that is, very old–basilica. This one, at Lleida, once part of a medieval fortress, had the most hauntingly gorgeous echo. Something about low voices in an old church.

Basilica, vaulting_1967

No, it’s not Hogwarts. (Felt like it was, though!)


Especially when what you see looks back at you!

Millie and Silas, mirror_1937

Silas, mirror_1970

Beauty, ancient . . .

Ancient urns_1981

And modern.

Millay daydreaming_2019

Gears and cogs for Mr. Goose, the gadget lover.

Goose by cogs_2051

And courtyards. And columnns.

Silas by columns_2038

Tessa between columns_1994

Tessa in between columns_1986

And stone.

Side view of basilica_2092

I found myself half believing that if I’d had a wand, I could have used it.

Karen December 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

gorgeous, gorgeous!!! I love the pictures… especially the mirror one, that is awesome! What a magical place!

Becky December 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

Karen, I’ve asked myself whether the magic has to do with the fact that it’s unfamiliar. And whether places back home might have magic I’ve failed to recognize because of their familiarity. What do you think? If cathedrals dotted our country, maybe we’d take them for granted. But those mountains near you?–definitely magical. I love our conversations. They have their own magic, too.


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