Panera Bread Entrance Fairfield, CT
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 6am-8pm

Do you have a favorite fast food restaurant? Mine is a special fast food restaurant, Panera Bread. I had hoped it wasn’t hearsay, that Panera Bread was coming to town. After Uno left, we had two, maybe three more restaurants open and close before you could say . . . fast food.

ummm. Panera’s hot chocolate cafe mocha

I felt a quickening in my pulse when shopping atTrader Joe’s and I could watch the old come down and the new go up. I knew the time was near when I saw the new sign “PANERA BREAD” looming over their salmon colored awnings. Join up and you get a delicious present from them on your birthday. And it has free WiFi.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a bread bowl

They are first choice for fast food and then some. it’s cozy and friendly, and they have delicious coffee. This is the best you can get for food served fast! Fresh baked breads, sandwiches, soups and salads are on the menu. Whole grains, free range chicken, hearty soups, and unique sandwich flavors make this a hot spot for me when I’m in a hurry or not. The zesty flavor of the Chipotle chicken with melted cheese when I sink my teeth into it….A sandwich cannot get much better than this…..and a healthy one , at that…..Goodbye Delis…. Panera Bread is taking over my town.

Pick 2 lunch: soup and sandwich

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,591 bakery-cafes as of June 26, 2012, under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. Panera Bread bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on their website,

A thank you goes to Tina Lemelin, Joint Venture Partner of
Panera Bread LLC  for providing the delicious food images.

Do you have a favorite fast food place or a favorite restaurant? Come on to Fairfield, CT. We’ll break some Panera Bread together.




Sagrada Familia Church, Barcelona, Spain

Antonio Gaudi died under the wheels of a tram and was to be buried in an unknown grave. Yet, he is known for his Barcelona Gaudi Architecture – Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló in Barcelona. He was an enthusiast of the nineteenth century popular style of Art Nouveau, a style celebrating art for art’s sake. A style that did not relate to any designs of the past. The style was an invention of a new kind of ornament based on the asymmetrical flowing lines of plant forms.  Gaudi impressed the architectural community with his wild, vehement and whimsical forms of the curls  and furls of the style. The stone and iron used in his work were bent and warped creating surfaces of great complexity that flow like molten lava. He used outlandish, original, colored mosaics and toyed with ideas in architecture, both interior and exterior, that bring visitors and tourists to Barcelona by the millions.

Unless you have been there, you cannot possibly imagine the overwhelming pomposity, grandeur, and fantasy of this church. I have traveled the world over, from the USA to England,  Portugal,  Mexico,  Spain,  Bangladesh,  Africa, and to other countries. I have seen churches, I have studied churches, I have painted churches . . .  and to clarify before you have a chance to verify, the churches I painted were on canvas. Never have I seen, explored, or experienced any like Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. His work has been described as “melted butter.” The towers here, in the above image, with the rippling contours of the stone facade make it look as though Sagrada Familia is melting in the sun.


The holy figures of stone imbedded into the fascia are unbelievable. From afar, the details blur some. This image shows the details. The church began its life in 1882. From 1883 Gaudi worked on the architecture until his death. He left a legacy of information. The church, in the lower level, has models, architectural drawings, and yards and yards and yards of information to continue building to completion. And so it goes. There are always cranes on site. Always workers on site, always lines of onlookers on site. The church is open to the public everyday all year except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.


Gaudí’s funeral (12 June 1926)

On 7 June 1926, Gaudí was taking his daily walk to the Sant Felip Neri church for his habitual prayer and confession. While walking along the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes between Girona and Bailén streets, he was struck by a passing tram and lost consciousness.[48] Assumed to be a beggar because of his lack of identity documents and shabby clothing, the unconscious Gaudí did not receive immediate aid. Eventually a police officer transported him in a taxi to the Santa Creu Hospital, where he received rudimentary care.[49] By the time that the chaplain of the Sagrada Família, Mosén Gil Parés, recognised him on the following day, Gaudí’s condition had deteriorated too severely to benefit from additional treatment. Gaudí died on 10 June 1926 at the age of 73 and was buried two days later. A large crowd gathered to bid farewell to him in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Família.

Mosaics section

Gaudi is dead, long live Gaudi.

Roof architecture at Casa Batllo

The towers of Sagrada Familia can be seen from almost everywhere in Barcelona.  Buildings . . .architecture, set the tone, the culture, for a town, a city, a country.  Architecture is a live, breathing, functioning sculpture.  You cannot hold it in your hand, but you can become part of it. You can love it, hate it, tolerate it, but like it or not, architecture sets the pace by which you live and survive.

Are you familiar with the architecture surrounding you? Are you aware that architecture is public art?

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