Barcelona, a photo a day

Montjuic

Motorheads are coming!

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Can’t wait for the Harley Days to be back! Lots of weird and wonderful people, with their glorious machines!


HOGs

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A HOG meeting during the annual Harley Days in Montjuic. What’s HOG? It stand for Harley Owners Group. Nice people!


Tables with a view

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One of the restaurants with a better view in town. The one on Montjuic, next to the Miramar hotel, at the entrance of the cactus garden.

To see more ‘painted’ photos, please check my website!


MNAC

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This is the rather magnificent cupola at the MNAC, the national catalan art museum, on Montjuic hill. An absolute must see! The view upon Barcelona from up there is gorgeous as well!


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As it says on the box…

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… this is the entrance to an old bomb shelter, nowadays a somewhat creepy tourist attraction.


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An avatar of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, inside a garden on Montjuic Hill.
Yes, it is blue.


Alegria

We went to see Alegria, by the Cirque du Soleil (no photos allowed), last night. The light on Montjuic Hill was fantastic.
Have a good Sunday, everybody.


The water of life

Water World Wednesday


Let’s walk together towards a common goal! Queuing for the public toilet.

Right. It is theme day, and the theme is people watching. Please check here to see what other participants did, or to post your own entry to the theme.


I was standing far behind you…

…but I had my long zoom with me…

News. According to ‘Forbes’ magazine, Barcelona is the happiest city in Europe, and the 3rd happiest city in the world, after Rio de Janeiro and Sydney…… Aren’t you happy wherever you live?


Monthly theme day: cobblestones

 
As you might or not know, the CDPB portal has been hacked.  But fortunately, you can still participate at the monthly theme day, thanks to a temporary blog set up specially for this occasion. Just link your post – not your blog! – to http://cdpbthemeday.blogspot.com.au/. Et voila! And of course, do the Linky thing, same as for other memes. No worries, it’s easy!
As for the portal, it’s been worked on, but it might take a while as it is a massive job to rebuild it. Thanks to those doing it, and a big go to hell to the hacker/s.
And now, let’s have a ball!
As I was wondering about the cobble in cobblestones, I checked it out. Here is what Wiki has to say:Cobblestones are stones that were frequently used in the pavement of early streets. “Cobblestone” is derived from the very old English word “cob”, which had a wide range of meanings, one of which was “rounded lump” with overtones of large size. “Cobble”, which appeared in the 15th century, simply added the diminutive suffix “le” to “cob”, and meant a small stone rounded by the flow of water; essentially, a large pebble. It was these smooth “cobbles”, gathered from stream beds, that paved the first “cobblestone” streets.
Widely used in Barcelona last Thursday to smash shop windows.


Closed for maintenance

The Magic Fountain, Fons Magica, is closed for maintenance. It will reopen on March the 2nd, usual time, with an even better light, water and music show!
Meanwhile, if you look into the crystal ball below, you might get a glimpse… Or a dream.

This is our world on Tuesday.


Montjuic

Someone’s dream house come true in Montjuic, with a bit of HDR. A dream…


Plaza de España

A monochrome view over Montjuic, the fairgrounds, the 2 venitian towers and the Olympic Torch, for Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.


Sad Watery Wednesday

An Italian ferry, anchored at Montjuic Hill.
This is dedicated to the victims of the Costa Concordia.
Watery Wednesday.


Skywatch Friday

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.  ~George Elliot

Skywatch Friday, right here.


Caixaforum

I am stuck at home for a while, so here is one more archive photo, the entrance of the Caixaforum museum of modern art.

This is for Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.


Free theatre

This is the Teatre Lliure, or free theatre, on Montjuic Hill. More info here. Not sure what Agricultura’s got to do with it, but the building is quite somptuous.
On, right now, something called “Thank you Satan”.


Painting…

As you all notices, I like experimenting (well ok: playing around) with my photos. The result is never really what I expected, sometimes good, sometimes better, sometimes not good, sometimes really bad. But then, sometimes, photography can be like painting… with a little sun glare on my lense.


Black and White Skywatch Friday

OK, a few ‘trade secrets’. I took 3 photos, with a 0,7 bracket (with 0,7 dioptries difference between each photo). Ideally, these photos should be taken with your camera on a tripod, but it works if you’re really steady.
Passed the photos through a HDR program, Photomatix Pro, version 4.1. Tonemapped it, changed it into black and white using Picasa, worked a bit with saturation and shades. Et voila!

All this for 2 of my favorite weekly memes, Skywatch Friday and the Weekend in Black and White.


Watery Wednesday

Lots of cats living wild on Montjuic Hill. And they need to drink as well. Spotted this one on a very warm and sunny  afternoon, last sunday, just a few meters away from the Magic Fountain. A fine pussycat for a fine Watery Wednesday!


Urban hedgehog

Some graffitis are just friendlier than others.


Plaza de Espana

A black and white view from the Avenida Maria Cristina, the fairgrounds, the venitian towers, the MNAC (catalan national art musuem) and the Olympic Torch, dating back to 1992.

Dragonstar, this is for you and your wonderful black and white weekend meme! And also for Jame’s weekend reflections, as there are some reflections in the building on the left.


Watery Wednesday

Does anybody know what this type of fountain is called, if it has a specific name? Spotted it in the archetypical Spanish village in the Poble Espanyol a few weeks ago.
Whatever it is, it is for Watery Wednesday, right here.