|Entry to the Labyrinth|
Time of year. Spring. Spain’s Barcelona in Spring, womehow always brings me back to my Missouri roots. While winter in the Mediterranean is mild and snowless outdoors but frigid in my unheated apartment, spring tends to waver between the warm and balmy and crisp cool wind and rain. Home is where the heart is, and swift, surprising changes in the weather will always make me think of Missouri.
located a good distance from the city center, on top of a sizable hill in Horta-Guinardó, a neighborhood that is seemingly all uphill. Formerly the family residence of the family of Catalan marquises, the Desvalls, the palace, and its gardens were donated to the city of Barcelona in 1967.
|Barcelona’s Garden Maze (it appears in the movie “The Perfume”|
Inspiration takes the form of a small neoclassical pavilion dedicated to the nine muses, but I’m more interested in the reflecting pool and the small grotto behind it. In the rich shade of the pavilion, I watch tiny orange fish wiggle through its reflection. Peering into the water, it seems as if they are flying around a shades of rippled green sky.
Green sky brings me full-circle back to my Midwestern roots and the sky before the storm hits. Instinctively I look up, but there’s not a cloud in site. In Barcelona I have rarely seen a thunderstorm, and never heard mention of a Tornado. Of course it’s only when you have an excess of clear skies that you miss the spectacle of thunder and lightning.