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After touring La Sagrada Familia this morning I had to then come up with a way to describe it.  Experiencing Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece in person is as complex as experiencing a mouthful of cane sugar.  How would one describe that experience?  Sweet, or very sweet?  We use the word sweet to say that something is sugar-like, or has characteristics of sugar, or causes one to think of sugar when they try it.  La Sagrada Familia is like this; as engrossing and overwhelming as sugar to the tongue of a child.  It is as beyond description as a rain forest or another miracle of nature.

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Outside the cathedral, people stand in line for hours, just to get inside the gate.  A mass of people, ten persons deep in places, surround the building like a mob of teenage girls hoping to get a glimpse of the Fab Four.  Cameras at the ready as they pass through the massive doors, tourists find that they are not ready, not prepared for the awesome, towering, spires which lead up like a granite forest of old-growth fir trees.  Humbled by what has been accomplished, visitors walk slowly, carefully; like barefoot beachcombers over coral shallows.  All the while their faces are turned upward; fingers on the shutter trigger.

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Walking through La Sagrada Familia is like scuba diving to 70 feet in the Gulf of Mexico when the sun has illumined every feature for 200 feet in all directions.  If you have not experienced it, then you have not experienced it, and no description will suffice.

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