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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Music in the Park

A musician in the Parque Guell. This park, a creation of Gaudi, used to be free, but not anymore. It is definitely worth a visit, you can book here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AgBar/2

And this is the headquarter of the water company, situated in Glories. Here is what Wiki has to say about it. It is officially called the Torre Agbar, but it has such much funnier nicknames, I let you imagine what it might be...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AgBar

AgBar, or Aguas de Barcelona, is the company which is providing the water to the numerous fountains here. Without them, we would be left on dry land...

Monday, August 25, 2014

I love closed shops!

Well, for one, it saves me lots of monay... And also, they so often have very groovy curtains, like this one. Excellent job!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The dragon, the 4 cats and Pablo

4 Gats, the name of the most famous restaurant/cabaret in town. It opened in 1893, and was frequented by quite a few famous people. Pablo Picasso had his first ever exhibition here in 1899, aged 17.
Nowadays, no cabaret anymore, the place is still a popular place and a tourist attraction. Price of a coffee (cafe solo, what Italians call an expresso): 1,57 euros.

Have a look here to know more about the place.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Good boys...

Can't talk, can't see, can't hear... But I can post a shot of this, some good boys, buenos muchachos, doing a good business in the Raval.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The gem

One of many hidden gems you can find in Barcelona. This one is hidden in plain view, on the front of the Liceu opera house. Yeah, just lift your eyes...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Beer vs wine, what's your drink?

A short trip to France, this weekend, to my homeland. Yes, I'm an Alsatian. No, I don't (usually) bark.
There are wine areas, and there are beer areas. In Alsace, we are both. Many breweries still exist, and we do produce 637 AOC wines, the appellation d'origine controlee.
And where do we drink them? Well, either in a bierstub (above),  a beer bar, or in a winstub, below, a wine bar...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Spanish vs Catalan

Most streets in Catalunya have 2 names, one in Spanish, one in Catalan. Some are quite similar, but the Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona is called Paseo de Gracia in Spanish. And Consell de Cent becomes Consejo de Cien.
Surprisingly maybe, Catalan is the official language of Andorra, and is spoken in Spain, France and ...parts of Italy, on the other side of the pond. Here is what Wiki has to say about it.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Monthly theme day: take away store

Well, different countries, different takeaways. Here is the guy who actually cooks those nice sausages you're taking away with bread and mustard. Sweat in peace, my friend.
You know what? If you're into takeaways, have a look here!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Planespotting

Can you see it?
No, I wasn't on board a plane when I took this picture. I was standing on a beach in Barcelona.

This photo actually reminds me a lot of an old Mike Oldfield cover. I had it on a tape, so it must date back a while.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Señor Colon y las golondrinas

In English: Mr Columbus and the swallows. Colon is Christopher Columbus. He is standing on top of his column, and is watching over the golondrinas, or swallows, the tourist boats going around the harbor and along the coast. If you're in town, do it, it is a really good way to see Barcelona from a different angle. And it is relatively cheap.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nude mannequin on the balcony?

Don't get prudish: it is NOT a real boy, just someone's idea of drawing attention to his balcony... I really wonder why someone would do this? Ok, I stretch every morning after waking up, but not like this. Would you???

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Where dragons dwell

Barcelona is indeed a city full of dragons. You'll find then everywhere, in Park Guell, on most modernist buildings, on the Arc de Triumf, everywhere. Sant Jordi, aka St George, is the patron saint of Catalunya, and the dragon is often associated with the central spanish government in Madrid... Which is very ironic, in many ways.

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