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The Bonds of Heart……

Barcelona - that unbelievable place on the earth I wish can start my life all over again...

Home of Gaudi, with his creations nothing short of God to me; the La Rambla, craziness redefined; the Catalunya Square, it has everything; the People, vibrant and alive; WOW!!!

It was last summer when I was buying a huge piece of pastry from a bakery at the doorstep of my apartment on the La Rambla that something caught my eye. A beautiful cake in the shape of an open book with a red rose across it. I wanted it so much and the lady refused. At least a picture? No.

She smiled, laughed and explained so much to me in her beautiful language. All I could do was smile back with a ‘Gracias’. And all I could understand was there was something tomorrow & I could come back then………..

And then it was tomorrow. I could see from the window overlooking the La Ramblas. Stalls of books and roses. Soon discovered this beautiful tradition on Sant Jordi’s Day to proclaim love and longing for the loved ones. Someone on the street told me that it was like Valentine's Day we all know so much better. Every corner, every street and every square had it in Barca that day; stalls of Books and Roses...

A most pretty site etched in my heart for always....

Beautiful, innocent ways to proclaim love. Roses, Books, Padlocks on bridges across rivers. I remember those so well too; across the Seine on Pont des Arts overlooking the Louvre in Paris. I was quite upset when I heard they were removing the locks, the bridge could not bear the weight anymore...

But does one really need to tell or hear. The hearts made for each other don't they just know? Maybe a few unite with theirs, maybe a few can't but bonds of hearts can only be personified with roses, books and padlocks ; never to be broken, forever united or forever forlorn..........

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