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.
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???
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.
I'm always having a hard time at the mercat de Sant Josep... Balancing the urge of buying a lot of this gorgeous high quality food... with my economic reality. I never managed, always spending too much.
Oh, you might know this market as Boqueria. For us locals, it is St Joseph's market. And to photographers, it is known as 'paradise'. There has been a market here since 1217, 797 years ago.
And, no, this is not HDR, just Lightroom and Nik filters.
A bit of HDR today, as it brings this structure so well to the light.
This is the ancient shipyard, where they used to build galleons and other wooden marvels. It is now, centuries later, the marvelous maritime museum, aka MMB.
An absolutely essential item in the catalan heat. Even on nudist beaches, so convenient!
But not only on beaches. It is a quite common streetwear. I even saw some colleagues coming to work wearing a pareo or sarong. Women. Not men.
“Barcelona, archives of courtesy, shelter of the foreigners, hospital of the poor, father-land of the brave , vengeance of the offended and pleasant correspondence of firm friendship, and in site, and in beauty, unique” DON MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA
A popular misconception says: don't shoot into the sun when you take photos. WRONG: do it! Just keep the centre covered (as I did here) or on the edge of the shot. Play a bit around, and you could have some fabulous photos to show us.
No, this is not HDR. Just 2 layers, a colored one and a black and white one, at 75% blending.