I hope that you all had a good friday the 13th! Today’s post if for Skywatch Friday.
Watch out, here comes my bass solo!
More about the Sant Andreu Jazz Band here. They are very young and very good. You can find them on Youtube as well.
As the gat won’t do you no harm. He is 28 years old, after all!
Fernando Botero’s Cat (gat, in catalan) was purchased by Barcelona City Council in 1987. From then until 2003 the cat wandered the city’s streets in search of a permanent site. His first stop-off point was the Parc de la Ciutadella, near his fellow animals at Barcelona Zoo. Then he was taken to a site by the Olympic Stadium, and a few years later he was put in a little square behind Barcelona’s medieval shipyards. Finally, in 2003, the decision was taken to move him to a permanent location at the end of the newly created Rambla del Raval. It is maybe because cats have nine lives, that he has made his presence so strongly felt. Everybody recognises the figure of the bronze cat, with his chubby, rounded form, childish features and long tail. The sculpture has become an integral part of one of Barcelona’s most widely redeveloped areas and is a favourite meeting place. Some brave souls even clamber onto the cat’s back to have their photos taken.
… this is the entrance to an old bomb shelter, nowadays a somewhat creepy tourist attraction.
You too can create your own planet! This is la planeta del Poblenou, complete with Hilton hotel and a beach!
Carrying on with this month’s City Daily Photo’s theme day.
One more photo of my hometown (see yesterday’s post). We have a cathedral, Notre Dame, our Lady, which happens to be exactly 1000 years old. One of the side chapels, in the west wing.
As many of you know, I am not in BCN anymore. I am in Strasbourg, France, my hometown, this being for health reasons. All BCN photos are taken from a rather expansive archive, 6 years worth of photos, 110.000 of them.Many many more BCN posts to come!
This here is the area known as La Petite France.
And Weekend Reflections are right here.
Ageing, yes. But gracefully!
Click here to see what other participants did.
Color, or black and white? Why choose, if you can have both!
More weekend reflections right here!
Some detail of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, on a screen. Surreal.
… but still learning new tricks.
I mean on Adobe Lightroom, not the one with the 4 balls and the sardines… Don’t ask.
Photo taken on a Barcelona-bound ferry.
And don’t forget on sunday the City Daily Photo theme day, all about aging.
And for once, here is the original shot:
… your hula hoops with you. Specially should you be in a crowded house, place…
No idea what the event was, but wishing them all the best nevertheless!
But all surfer dudes and dudettes will agree with me: let’s have a drink first!
An evening at the Circ Raluy, an traditional circus, without animals being kept in tiny cages in the cold.
Part of the Horta park, north Barcelona. One of my favorite places in town! There is even a maze, so you can… get lost!
The old covered market in the Born, now a culture center, complete with 2000 years old roman street. A must see!
It might be winter, but the weather is often nice enough to have a warm drink in the sun.
Some flowers, just for you.
As I couldn’t find or take a photo of a wooden goat, here is one I took in the year of the rabbit. Happy chinese new year of the wooden goat!
So many things in Barcelona are sea-related. Well, it is one of the main port on the Med.
Anyway, this is in my opinion the most elegant church in town, Santa Maria de la Ribera, the cathedral of the sea. You might have read Ildefonso Falcone’s book about about it, a local bestseller. More about the church here.
On the bridge going to the Maremagnum (latin: great sea, meaning the Med) shopping center, in the old port, Port Vell.
Dog wants to play
Sometimes… Very rarely, we have this…mist coming out of nowhere. Magical mist. And sometimes, very rarely, we can see the lost city of Atlantis. A flicker of the eye, and it’s gone again…
Many shops are open till 10 PM, to the great convenience of many working people. Need a carrot or chocolate late in the evening? No problem, mate! Although the same shops tend to close from 2 to 5 PM: siesta time. So, no chocolate, you wouldn’t want to disturb a spaniard taking a nap, no no no!
The baker at the Pi church.
Another view of Port Vell, the old port. You might have noticed: I LOVE BOATS!!!
More on my new website, paintings with my camera!
A little publicity today, for myself. I recently started this project/website, taking some of my photos, and transforming them into paintings, using mainly Adobe Lightroom, and several plug-ins. Want to see more? It’s right here!
BTW, this is the W hotel, facing the Desigual HQ.
It snowed last night in the hills surrounding Barcelona! Seriously! Happens now and then. It is predicted that the snow will fall downtown later today!
Archive photo from 2009.
The Seacloud 2 in front of the World Trade Center.
And no: it is not a painting!
Yesterday was the City Daily Photo family’s monthly theme day, what would I miss most from Barcelona. Well, I’ve already left, living in the snowy north-east of France now. This photo above came as a close contender… Barcelona is also about food, local catalan food, spanish food (tapas and so on), but also international food. You get it all here, from a french fondue to a fusion of peruvian and japanese food, kebabs galore, donuts, thai, the list is endless. Noticeable are fried kids, or barbecued korean… All seen on some badly translated menus.
What would you miss most, should you have to leave the city where you are blogging from? Not an easy one, so many things come to mind. Would it be the beaches, would it be the culture scene, coffee, the 100-odd museums in town? No, no a single thing, but rather all of them combined in what I would call the spirit of Barcelona, the sheer cheerful craziness of the place. As I’m not living there anymore, I perfectly know what I miss.
See more here!
Friendly but shy moggie in the neighborhood.
At Prat airport, a while back. What do you think about it?
… is my favorite bench in town, the one in the Caixaforum museum!
Stands for Agua de Barcelona, the waterworks. The tower. The tower has obviously many nicknames, none of them having with do it’s actual function as an office building. The most popular of them is about… male waterworks… Very unfortunately (to me, anyway), to access the top floor, you have to work there. Open to the public is the ground floor, where they tell you where to pay your water bill.
The thinggy is actually blue, you know. And french.
Fed up with Barcelona? Easy: just take a ferry to Italy, Africa, the balearic islands (Ibiza…)… Many nice places out there! In 24 hours, after cruising the Med, you can be in, for example, Livorno. Nice place. 20 km further (by land), you could have a pizza in Pisa, just next to the leaning tower. And I swear: you cannot beat an italian pizza!!!!! Buonissime pizze italiane!!!
I KNEW IT! I wasn’t high, didn’t have to much coffee! I swear I saw that naked chick on the funny horsey! Here is the proof!
6th post in a row about painting, this one being about one of the painters on the Ramblas. You like painting? Check out some of my own works here, where I merge photography and painting. Painting with my camera.
The CAC, city of arts and science in Valencia. Enjoy! And yes, it was originally a photo, a jpeg, before I tweaked it.
Carrying on with my little series about art in Barcelona. While I was taking this photo, an elderly gent standing next to me commented: loco, crazy.What would you had answered? I told him: loco, pero bueno, crazy but good.
Yet another one of Alice’s masterworks! One of the many things I miss from Barcelona…
Didn’t I tell you? I’m not there anymore…
The whale, this is what we call this big structure on the seafront in Barcelona.
No, wait… According to Frank Gehry who built it for the 92 Olympics, it is actually a giant goldfish. Ok with this, it is red indeed, made of copper and steal.
About the style of this photo ((no, I did not paint. Although, I did…), more about it on my brand new website, the painting camera, merging photography and painting. Feel free to browse.And who knows, you might want to buy a picture…
How much for the doggy in the window?
Some of my former colleagues in Barcelona were kind of scary… Fun, but… yeah, scary.
It’s magic, and it’s every weekend in Montjuic, in front of the National Art Museum of Catalunya, the MNAC
Looks sometimes quite ‘hitchcocky’ in the Port Vell area… Be afraid, be very afraid of the white bombs!
A nice place to a coffee, is the little bar at Casa Batllo, on Passeig de Gracia
A few mates, a cool drink… How would you enjoy your trip to Barcelona? You’re coming, right?!
Oh, and bring your water gun!
The crooked ‘tower’ on Barceloneta beach
Welcome to the World, Mir in russian! Isn’t she gorgeous, the white princess from up north!
Tomorrow, a sunny day in town, 16 degrees. Ideal for a stroll on the beach. And why not a bit of lunch in the sun!
A reflection near the big chinese restaurant on the Ramblas.
By Francisco Javier Olea
Long live Charlie!
Well, maybe I don’t. But I truly wish you were fortunate enough to find yourself a nice place to spend the summer, be it sea or mountain. And for me, AND I REALLY NEED SUMMER RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE!
Special message to some good friends of mine in the scorching heat of Western Australia (the hottest day in ages there): winter will be back. In a few months, wont be long now. Lol.
A 5 years old Jpeg photo, from a non-DSLR, 3 MP camera. The so-called red bar, just behind the city hall. Nothing that a few tweakings can’t save from Jpeg hell, with the help of Saint Lightroom and Saint Photoshop, alleluia!
…or am I looking at you? Did you bring something to eat? Is it in your bag? Don’t you think it smells fishy here? I love the smell of fish in the morning!
The perfume museum. Hmm, only for the ladies? I don’t think so!
Next time you’re having a cafe solo (italian: un espresso) at the Mayor’s office, be sure to check the corridors… Many nice surprises, like this charming corner.
Special wishes to Thailand, for they have the year 2558 over there! Guys, we’re so living in the past!
It was a year with many ups, but also with a few downs, mainly healthwise. Specially one, who left me… different.
Therefore this photo. She definitely is different! And there is such a great joy and life in her. She is my favorite.
Join us to see this year’s ‘best of’. Us, the City Daily Photographers. Just click here.
That’s me allright! Wishing ya’all a hippy new year!
The Assemblea del Raval is, as far as I know, a group fighting for what makes life good in the Raval. An anarchist group, but let not the cliche frighten you. Just just ordinary people, trying to make life good for themselves, and their neighbors.
And now for the vertical photos. Again, please click for a much better viewing experience.
Like every year, here comes the time to choose the best shots of the year.
Like every year, this is so hard.
Like every year, a sample of my favourites. Starting with the horizontal photos. Which is your favourite one?
You will want to click on the photo(s) for a better view.
The Circus Raluy, in town from 28th november 2014 to 1st march 2015 !
Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.
Happy Christmas to everybody!
Well, his mother probably does. But in Catalunya, not much love is lost on Mr Rajoy, the spanish prime minister (or El Presidente), third on this picture. The third on the right, that is. Right, that he likes anyway, being on the right side.
An Andalus in Catalunya,
Pudding, probably the best cafe in BCN. The most colourful one, for sure.
I am originally from Strasbourg, France. Now and then, I like seeing things reminding me of home. Even though I am not a beer drinker.
A fish restaurant in the Boqueria market
… for you!
The alternative house on the Rambla del Raval
Christmas times in Barcelona…
No, I’m not in BCN at the moment, but I have over 57.000 photos of Barcelona to play with…
I’m in Paris. The view from my hospital room, as I had a stroke 4 weeks ago in Macedonia. Surgery on Monday.
As seen in Paris, recently. Could not agree more.
Blues, and other colors, of course. The Westin hotel, as seen from Barceloneta beach.
The exit of the Port Vell, with the Westin hotel in the background.
Some of you asked me about this style of photos… I use Lightroom 5, playing mostly with the details section, the sharpening and the noise reduction, with some DFine 2 as well.
Yes, once you managed to cross, to survive the maze in Horta, you absolutely have the right to proudly posing for the survivor photo.
The great fountains on Plaza de Catalunya. The statue is called Pastor de Pau, peace shepherd, or peaceful shepherd, a fine example of noucentisme sculptures, the spanish avant-garde. Made by a very interesting man called Pablo Gargallo, who spent a significant part of his life in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, where he lived in 1903 in the artists commune Le Bateau Lavoir, with Max Jacob, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso….
The small fountain near Salvador Dali’s home in Figueres, north of Barcelona.
Many very specialised hops in BCN!
One of the ferries I was telling you about last night.
Cruise ship season is almost over, but we still have the ferries to the Balearics, Italy, Morocco… The next ship will arrive, one day.