Barcelona, a photo a day

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Theme day: bicycle

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Sexy beaches of Barcelona… How could I not take this photo… Click on the photo to see her…tattoo.

More bikes here!


Top Gun

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Another shot at the festival in the sky


CDP theme day: upside down

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Upside down… When I read about this coming theme, a few weeks ago, I drew a blank. But fortunately, we had in BCN the festa al cel, the festival in the sky.
Click here to see what other participants did.


A weekend reflection

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Wish I was on the beach right now! Where are your favorites beaches?

To see more weekend reflections, click right here!


Keep on runnin’

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No, it isn’t the Spencer Davis Group, lol! Just some guys running in their hotpants on the seafront.


Playing with light

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Now and then, I like playing around with old photos, mainly with Adobe Lightroom (not a Photoshop fan, me) and with NIK filters. What do you think? Are you rather a SOOC -Straight Out Of the Camera- fan?

The Sagrada Familia church seems so close to the beach… Well it isn’t, it is well inland.


An evening on the beach

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Sigh.

This is for Skywatch Friday


Taxi!

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Taxis, waiting for clients, near the casino. More specifically: waiting for clients with enough money left to pay for the fare. No dinero? Take the metro!


And one more…

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Me, my wife, and some palms…


Rhapsody…

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…on a theme of Paganini. This is what he was playing, on a blue violon. By Rachmaninoff, originally for piano and orchestra. He gave it his own twist, a difficult task, more Jean Luc Ponty than music school style. It was cool, he was cool. The beach-addicts in Sitges just threw him a passing glance.


The World Trade Center and Barceloneta

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… and in the back, one of the many reasons to come to Barcelona: playas!


Soon…

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…it will be xiringuito season, aka the best time of the year: SUMMERTIME, YEAH!!!

A xiringuito, or guingueta, spanish chiringuito, is a beach bar, serving mostly drinks and snacks. Usually, some of them are fully-fledged restaurant. The bars tend to be really crowded after 2 PM, or in the evening, when the beach parties start. Excellent places to meet people…


Planet Poblenou

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You too can create your own planet! This is la planeta del Poblenou, complete with Hilton hotel and a beach!


Surf is on!

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But all surfer dudes and dudettes will agree with me: let’s have a drink first!


I know what you did last summer!

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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.


Barcelona blues

Blues, and other colors, of course. The Westin hotel, as seen from Barceloneta beach.


Rush hour in Barcelona

This is the ransom of success and popularity… Oh man, give me an empty beach any day!


Let the sunshine in

Very early summer morning on the beach, as I saw it. Not necessarily with my eyes.


Summer

And summer is going on and on. Good news for beachgoers! No changes in the weather in the close future. Here is yesterday’s weather report. Not today’s, but we only need one, don’t we.


The beach

No, nothing to do with a rather average movie a few years back! This is better, this is Paris plage, Paris beach! Here is what it says on the municipal website:

A Seine-side holiday. That, in a nutshell, is what Paris Plages is all about – complete with sandy beaches, deckchairs, ubiquitous ice cream sellers, and concerts for French and foreign guests. Holidaymakers at the Bassin de la Villette (Paris 19) can also borrow books free of charge, play beach volley, take an aqua-gym class in a mini pool, or kayak around the lake – or, of course just chill and enjoy. The Seine’s banks become pedestrian and the beaches are spread across three spots (Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette).

From the Louvre to Pont de Sully

This was the first beach that opened in 2002. It spans three kilometres through historical Paris, and features open-air attractions (rollerblading, tai-chi, wall climbing, boules etc.). Refreshment areas, play areas and deckchairs are available for your time out unwinding by the river.

Bassin de la Villette

This is the latest addition to Paris Plages, and opened in 2007 round Bassin de la Villette (Paris 19). It stretches from Rotonde de Ledoux (nearest Jaurès Metro station) to the former Magasins Généraux (in Rue de Crimée) and features a proper water-sports complex (with rowing boats, kayaks, pedal boats and dinghies) alongside quaint quay-side restaurants and boules courts.

It all finishes next Sunday, so hurry up and go to Paris!!!


A chiringuito evening

I spent an evening on the beach recently, at a chiringuito, or beach cafe, with some colleagues. One of the rare times when I’m on the beach at sundown. So, plenty photos!


Streetwear…

… for the modern girl about town.
This said, didn’t Golda Meir, the former Israeli Prime Minister, formerly known as Goldie Mabovetz, have a very similar handbag???
Yes, she did!


How nice can the beach be…

…once the hordes have gone, after 9 PM. It is a great thing to have beaches, but there is also a big drawback about living in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Tourists my friends, you are welcome! But sometimes I wish I had a bit more space for my towel… A beach should not feel like the London Tube at rush hour, don’t you think?
Well, we have a conundrum.


Summertime…

…and the living is easy.

For some anyway. For the others: back to work now.