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A weekend reflection

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This is the mirrored ceiling above the entrance of the Maremagnum shopping mall in the Port Vell.
More weekend reflections right here.

Oh yeah, that’s me in the photo…

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Bridges

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Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. Bruce Jackson

Bruce H. Jackson is an American folklorist, documentary filmmaker, writer, photographer. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor and the James Agee Professor of American Culture at the University at Buffalo.


Coming through!

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Coming through the mobile bridge at the Maremagnum shopping mall, after a day on the water. Nice.


Going to the great sea

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On the bridge going to the Maremagnum (latin: great sea, meaning the Med) shopping center, in the old port, Port Vell.


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Birds

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Looks sometimes quite ‘hitchcocky’ in the Port Vell area… Be afraid, be very afraid of the white bombs!


The bridge

Walking on the bridge connecting the Maremagnum shopping mall to the continent. With a fabulous light!


A reflection of meals to come

More Weekend Reflections right here!


Pose for the cause

Pretty model, even if the guy behind her doesn’t seem to agree.


Cool

Playing music to the seagulls and the fishes. Cool!


Circ Raluy

We went to the circus last night, for the first time in many many years (over 30 for Rob)! Was great! The Circ Raluy, traditional Catalan circus founded in 1911, and still operated by the same family, Raluy. Will show you some more of it in the coming week.

I was particularly moved by the many references to Federico Fellini’s La Strada.


Wasting time…


Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come
Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Thanks, Otis, you’re still the best!

Watery Wednesday, the place to be!


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Oh look, that’s us! Let’s take a photo!

Another weekend reflection. Want more? Click here!

Experimenting some header problems. Will try to fix it ASAP. Although it might be a good idea to K.I.S.S. for a while…


Watery Wednesday 100!

Some fishes in the remarquably clear waters in the Port Vell.

This is for Watery Wednesday, episode 100, yeah! Click here to see more.

After 5 weeks going through a hospital, plumbing problems, no internet, a house change, and so on, we’re finally back! Slowly though. My health is improving steadily, but there are still some bad days. At least, I sleep at night now, and not just for 2-3 hours. Sleep, what a wonderful thing!
So, we’ll be catching up with your blogs in the next couple of days, curious to see what marvels you produced lately!


Watery Wednesday 97

The fishes swimming around in the old port really love tourists and passers by! They seem to follow you, waiting to be fed. At least, it means that the waters are clean.

This is for Watery Wednesday 97. Click here to see more!


Sunday Bridges numero seize (nr 16)

This is a pedestrian passage in the Port Vell, the old port, crossing the Marina to reach the Maremagnum shoppig mall area. Part of this passage is a turning bridge, to allow all the leisure yachts to leave or enter the port.

This is for Louis La Vache’s Sunday Bridges. Click right HERE to see more.

I still have very little energy (even turning around in bed makes me tired), so I can’t browse your sensational blogs at the moment, and I really miss it! Will be back asap, on a really slow burner.


Reflections

Reflections on the glass ceiling at the entrance of the Maremagnum shopping center, in the Port Vell.

This is for James’s Weekend Reflections. To see more photos, please click here

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Merry-go-round

A nice one, seen last summer next to the IMAX cinema and the Aquarium. It seems to be a very popular place, usually, not as empty as it was the day I took the picture! There is an icecream stand next to it as well.
The weather was wonderful. Right now, we’re having a ‘siberian’ cold wave, according to the papers, with temperatures as low as 5 degrees centigrade……….


Go green!

We decided to stay home today, as I’m not quite back to normal yet (wish there was a reset button…). So, this is from my archives.
Nice bags, all made from recycled stuff, old plastic. This was a temporary structure, set up at the Maremagnum shopping center. Demano also have a shop in the Barri Gotic, plenty more stuff, all made from recycled materials.
You might also notice the folded bicycle on the ladie’s feet, the latest trend here.

A special place for us is Goa, in India. Sachin has a very nice blog about this special place, you can visit it here.


Cable car to the beach!


Following yesterday’s posting, I had a question about the tower you can see on the photo. This is actually, and litterally, the cable car to the beach. It goes from/to Montjuic |Castle to/from the port and the Barceloneta beach. Much faster than taking several buses and metros. Convenient, but not cheap.
On the right hand side of today’s photo, you can see a small part of a second tower, just above the World Trade Center, the round building. And just underneath the biggest cable car, the Maremagnum shopping center, complete with restaurants, one of the biggest aquariums in Europe, 2 cinemas, one of them an IMAX cinema.


Top manta


Everywhere in town, you can find people, mostly Africans or Asians, selling stuff on a blanket (top manta means on the blanket), stuff like DVDs, fake Louis Vuitton bags and belts, watches, perfume, all from famous brands, obviously all fakes. A couple of months ago, you could get Slumdog Millionaire DVDs (if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? Go!) the very day the movie came out in the cinemas, for 2/3 euros. The sellers are mostly illegal immigrants, obviously without a trade licence. Whenever a policeman shows up, they scamper and disappear, to come back 5 or 10 minutes later. Their system: 2 wires attached on opposing ends of the blankets, the whole ware can be picked up instantly.
It is of course illegal. And it is also illegal to buy from them. Someone made a bargain in my area a couple of months ago, bought some fake branded jeans, got caught, got a nice big fine and 6 months in jail. So, please watch out, next time you visit Barcelona!


Reflections


An interesting place for taking pictures… The Maremagnum shopping center in the Port Vell area. Cinemas, one of them an IMAX, restaurants, one of the biggest aquariums in Europe, all this on an artificial island right in the middle of the port.



Is it a boy? Or is it a buoy???
You decide.
Anyway, you can find this, and others, in the old port, Port Vell.
The sailing boat, along with several more, was waiting for the raising of a pedestrian bridge, to be able to go to the moorings. Quite a spectacle for the tourists, who are luckily still coming, despite of the economic crisis. Barcelona’s tourist industry has been severely hit, so the papers say, but you wouldn’t think it, seing the crowds in town.
Well, what can I say: it is a beautiful town indeed!