France and Barcelona

ImageCourtyard Panorama

Last week I left Palma, I flew to Barcelona and took the high speed train on a 2 hour trip to France to see my friend Pat from Toronto. I had met Pat about 5 years ago at a documentary film festival and we became friends.

She lived down the street, she talked a lot about a house she was restoring in Limoux, France (a town in Southern France in the foothills of the Pyrenees) to rent out for family holidays and I was very curious to see the results. Well what greeted me was amazing! Pat calls her home a Clercy property, I call it a Chateau!!! Just beautiful in every way!! The entry passage has a 16th century courtyard and the main house was built in the 12th or 13th century. Needless to say it is a large home; with a European style Kitchen, high ceilings and the work on the ceiling just blew me away (all original), with original Floors, beautiful stone staircases, stone walls, timber beams and 7 star hotel bathrooms all with footed tubs and even a swimming pool overlooking the river in this small 10,000 person town, this place belongs in a decorating magazine, BIG TIME! I told Pat I was very proud of her for what she has accomplished, she has rented to people all over the world and at this point is full for the summer but if anyone wants a French home experience, this is it in style!!!

ImageEntry Hall

I have spent the last 2 days in Barcelona as guest of the Brahma Kumaris in their beautiful home in the centre of the city. This city has to be on the list of the world’s most beautiful places, the Spanish show such pride in their city! I always pinch myself finding it hard to believe how fortunate I am to have a connection to the BK’S.

Over the years I have met amazing and diverse people all over the world and I’ve learned a lot about life and myself, as I discussed in my book!  On a practical level, having a connection on the ground in any city is very valuable and helpful in every way and it is done with such kindness and support. Thank you to the Barcelona family; Sister Pilar and Sister Marta. I am just leaving The Picasso Museum. I have loved Picasso’s work for years, but have never seen such a collection showing his evolution from when he was painting Landscapes, religious, and people to the famous pieces we all recognise today! It is well worth a visit!

ImageView From The Kitchen

Well that’s all for now, send me news? How is our dear Mayor? I think international media has given up on him.

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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