Summer is finally here, in the northern hemisphere that is. It will soon be time again for this most sonorous of happenings, the Barcelona Harley days. HOG’s galore!
Well, I reworked it this morning. Anyway, the fantastic rock formations surrounding the Benedictine Abbey in Montserrat. You half expect seeing some hobbits…
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!
And back to Paris! Beaubourg, better known now by it’s official name of Centre Georges Pompidou (a former french president). It is a huge culture center/museum/library/exhibition center, with some cafes, situated in the Beaubourg area of the city center. Quite a lot to say about the place, you can click here and here for more info.
The oldest church in town, by a mile. St Paul in the Field was founded in 897 AD by the Earl Guiffre Borrell.
And it’s just around the corner, our parish church.
Another shot of the pint-sized Golden Iris. Even the World Trade Center looks good on this!
And a big hello to the friends working in the WTC!
A delightful little fountain in Ciutadella Park.
One of my great pleasures is to walk around town, in places I’ve been soooo often, and discover new details. And also to imagine how the photo could like after a bit of reworking. Here the original photo.
We did not have a real winter here (so far), it feels more like early spring. So, it’s time for some pruning, like here, in the garden of the old Sant Pau hospital in the Raval. A job best done in the sun!
This stunning building on Passeig de Gracia is Casa Amatller. Built in the Modernisme style and designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, one of the great Catalan architects at the beginning of the 20th century. It is just next door to Casa Batllo, of which you can see a small part in the upper right corner. You can see much more of it here.
That’s me, being savagely attacked by a hungry monkey!
Beauty and the beast?
The clown and the pussycat
Welcome to the dead zone!
Pulp, fiction or reality?
Have a banana now, it’s good for you!
Still Sitges, on the same sunny day… Or is it???
Regular followers of this blog know that I love balconies. Here is some more about them, just around the corner, in the Raval, in our green city of Barcelona. Warm enough for balconies, almost 20 degrees today, and they call this winter…
More from Horta, the park with the amazing maze.
More Weekend Reflections, right here.
… and posted on my other blog.
A combination of several programs, HDR, little planet and so on. This was originally a view of the old port, or Port Vell
One of the narrow streets of the old town, the Barri Gotic. Oh do I love getting lost in there…
Groovy baby! What more does a dude need?
Let me show you some Harleys!
And a couple of oldtimers
But you know, what I learned during those Harley days, is that you better start young. Like them…
So now, from all those wonderful machines, which one would you…adopt? I’d go for the surfing one!
Not just Elvis: Marylin was here as well, together with some stranger birds…
And what’s a biker without biker chicks???
As everybody should know by now (check the movie Men in Black if you don’t believe me), the King is alive. And speaks fluent Catalan! He was the special guest of the Harley Days. Good voice!
Second of the Harley days. Now, if anyone decided to give me one like this, I would kowtow very deeply and be very grateful…
Plaça Reial (In Spanish Plaza Real, meaning “Royal Plaza”) is a square in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona. It lies next to La Rambla and constitutes a well-known touristic attraction, especially at night. On the plaza are a large number of restaurants and some of the city’s most famous nightclubs including Sidecar, Jamboree or Karma. It is also known for its many outdoor venues and is a popular meeting place during the summer and the annual La Mercè festival in September, when open air concerts take place, and during other celebrations such as New Year’s Eve, often being very crowded.
The Plaça Reial was designed by Francesc Daniel Molina i Casamajó in the 19th century. The square is twinned with Plaza Garibaldi, in Mexico City. The lanterns there were designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, master of the Sagrada Familia.
Having a peek into the city archive.
La Formiga d’ or, or golden ant, is one of the nicer bookshops in town. We just love the place, being giant bookworms. There are 2 of them in town, one in the cathedral’s cloister, and one nearby. Both have a very medieval feel. What’s your favorite bookshop like?