Barcelona, a photo a day

Barri Gotic


Let’s get lost…


… in the streets of the Barri Gotic…

Early morning


I love going through town very early in the morning, the city is so peaceful, no tourist hordes. Here I am, at the famous Kabul backpacker, on Plaza Real, just off the Ramblas. The best time and place for a coffee!

Sant Jaume


Probably the very first church in BCN… Sant Jaume, well hidden in plain sight, on Carrer Ferran, just inside the gates of Barcino, the roman Barcelona, 1 mn from the Ramblas. It was renovated in 1388, but the earliest mention dates back to 985 AD, where it was called the old church…

The tap


You all have taps in our house, I suppose… This one, in the cloister of the cathedral, is better!



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.

The celebration


No idea what the event was, but wishing them all the best nevertheless!

El bar rojo


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!

Storm front

Rainy days in Barcelona, a storm front brought rain and much cooler temperatures. Makes for good photos.

The passage of time

El passatge del temps, the passage of time, is a small… well, passage, just next to the wax museum, off the Rambla, in the Barri Gotic.

Uno, dos, tres…

Swing classes on Plaza Real, yesterday morning, with the young members of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band.

Excellent music, real good fun, fantastic weather!
And the press was here as well!


Portaferrissa, which means ‘iron gate’, was one of the main entrances to the fortified city of Barcelona in the 13th century. What remains is a 16th century fountain, with this fresco.

The life of Pi

The small art market on Pi Square, the small and lively place just behind Santa Maria del Pi church.

The Grill Room

One of the better looking restaurants in town.

Black and white Skywatch Friday

The Plaza Real in Barcelona is an absolutely beautiful square, in any weather or time of day/night. Here it is in monochrome, for Skywatch Friday and Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

The street lamps on the side were designed by Antonio Gaudi himself.

Theme day continued

Some more cafe tables, continuing this month’s theme day. Heavy rain yesterday, but we had some very nice days already, and summer will be here soon. In a few weeks, instead of looking for the sun, we will be avoiding it, and look for a cool place in the shade. Good times are coming!

Salo de Cent

The historic main hall of the city hall, called the Salo de cent, the hall of the hundred (hundred councilors ruling the city in medieval times). 2 of my friends are getting married here this year, in May and November. 

Free money

Not sure what that was about, but this is a very generous person indeed.

No, he didn’t give us any money.

Street music

Street music in Barcelona, always and everywhere. And look at this guy’s smile!


Just enjoying the sun and the newspaper.

The lady from the Pi church

Quite a wonderful graffiti, found near Our Lady of Pi church


…everywhere you look!

Another balcony…

I love balconies in Barcelona, so full of shapes, colors… Here is one I spotted in the old town.

Having a ball!


…in the fountain on San Filipo Neri square, 1/20 s, ISO 400, f/5.6, 450mm, aperture priority.

For Water World Wednesday, and Nature Footsteps.