Barcelona, a photo a day

Oh behave!

…or you can get heavily fined. As a town of almost 2 million inhabitants, Barcelona has this kind of problems as well.
More and more shops do forbid their access as well to topless tourists, even though, according to the law, you can actually be legally nude in public. Some do.
Other fact found in the news a couple of month ago, some people have been arrested after having sex in public with prostitutes, at the Boqueria market, 20 meters away from the Ramblas, the main tourist area.
It can be quite absurd… Read in the paper this morning that, if you are too noisy in Villadecans, a suburb, the fine can go up to…300.000 euros, almost half a million dollars. Guess you better whisper there!
I suppose it is just a question of common sense, respect and decency, really.

This is for My World Tuesday. Please click here to see more participant’s photos.

15 responses

  1. haha, even Barcelona have this kind of problem!
    i mean really, people can be so utterly absurd and stubborn at times. ^0^
    seriously though, i wish we have high price fines like these here. we need it.


    September 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

  2. How interesting and refreshingly hopeful, as it seems, as if there's nearly nothing forbidden over here … Please have a good Thursday. And yes, have proof to show that 😉


    September 15, 2010 at 10:28 pm

  3. I am entirely in sync with VP. We Westerners (excuse the very broad stroke) have become so narcissistic, coupled with this huge sense of entitlement, that we fail to be sensitive to other cultural and social norms. I have no issue with nudity myself, but I am shocked at the lack of respect some tourists give to their host more modest countries. Peeing in public, though, is a national past time for men in my country of residence; and THAT is an insult to the olfactory sense. 😀


    September 15, 2010 at 3:59 am

  4. Good luck in actually collecting those fines from people, especially if they are tourists.

    When I lived in Barcelona, urinating in the streets was a huge issue, and while I was there the government finall cracked down on people letting their dogs poop without picking it up.


    September 15, 2010 at 3:49 am

  5. VP

    The problem is not about the rules and how these are enforced, but the complete lack of education, basic respect for the others and even common sense in so many people that are now able to travel.


    September 14, 2010 at 7:05 pm

  6. Espero que dentro de 10 o 20 años nos riamos de estos carteles. Señal que hemos evolucionado.


    September 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm

  7. these signs are funny–we have these signs here as well but in text.:p i can't imagine “my world” if public nudity is made legal.:p


    September 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  8. wow, forget about “my world” I LOVE your header 🙂


    September 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

  9. I don't remember seeing signs like that when we were in Barcelona. And I'm glad we didn't talk too loudly in Villadecans (my husband is becoming hard of hearing). The signs made me laugh, and I'm particularly surprised that they should find the first one necessary.
    Alberta, Canada


    September 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  10. I'll keep my sneezing back 😀


    September 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm

  11. Tengo una parecida, ya la subiré. Saludos.


    [Barcelona Daily Photo]


    September 14, 2010 at 11:53 am

  12. Great website. Today's MyWorld is almost funny, I guess because it's your world and not mine. You have a wonderful view of the world. Thanks so much for sharing.


    September 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

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    September 14, 2010 at 10:10 am

  14. Oh gosh!
    I totally agree with your words “it is just a question of common sense, respect and decency”.
    *** incroyable about that couple having sex in public!


    September 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

  15. Oi veh. We will have to send you our (unofficial!) “modesty police.” 🙂


    September 14, 2010 at 6:38 am