Barcelona, a photo a day

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Parque Guell, the entrance

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Parque Guell

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No, no moon photo today, but one from Parque Guell, which used to be free, but isn’t anymore. Oh well, it is really, I mean really, worth a visit.


A weekend reflection

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Color, or black and white? Why choose, if you can have both!
More weekend reflections right here!


Horta

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Part of the Horta park, north Barcelona. One of my favorite places in town! There is even a maze, so you can… get lost!


Music in the Park

A musician in the Parque Guell. This park, a creation of Gaudi, used to be free, but not anymore. It is definitely worth a visit, you can book here.


Silent majesty

I love Ciutadella park , specially in autumn. Makes me want to paint it.


Details…

… are so often more important than the whole picture. In this case, the entrance to the maze in Horta.


Birds of all feathers…

… will love this luxury bird penthouse!

I’d be very curious to know the name of this very shiny tree, if someone knows it!


Parque Joan Miro

An oasis in Barcelona city center, the Joan Miro park, just next to the former bullring, now a trendy shopping mall.


Into the blue…

Barcelona has a very fine zoological garden, inside Ciutadella park. Many people specially come to see the dolphins dancing.

Kim’s Water World Wednesday meme is here.


Monochrome 4

The park in Horta. Once again, the weekend is black and white!


From a bird’s view…

Probably the nicest bird house I’ve ever seen.


Ciutadella park, the winter garden

Oh the joys of HDR…


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.


Skywatch Friday in Ciutadella Park

Beautiful skies this day. Not so blue right now, spring started with the first rain in months.

Skywatch Friday, right here.


The pelican and the fox

One of the nicer fountains in Ciutadella Park.


Horta: the girls

On October 18th of the year 1802, Don Juan Antonio Desvalls y de Ardena, Marquis of Lupia and Alfarras, owner of this country house with gardens, had the pleasure to welcome the royal persons, Don Carlos IV and Dona Maria Luisa of Bourbon, king and queen of Spain, the infants Don Carlos and Don Francisco de Palla, Don Luis the First, king of Etruria, and the Infant of Spain, Don Antonio Pasqual.

It was quite a party! And these were the girls they were all looking at!


Weekend reflections in Horta

Yet another view of the gardens in Horta.

Good shot for Weekend Reflections! And for Skywatch Friday as well.


Let’s get lost!

That’s what I told my wife, and that’s what we did when we entered the maze. Right, where’s the exit then???

Map of the labyrinth in the Parc del Laberint d’Horta in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). 1: Entrance, 2: Sculpture of Eros, 3: Exit, 4: Nymph Echo’s grotto, 5: Temple of Danaë, 6: Temple of Ariadne, 7: Relief of Deucalion and Pyrrha, 8: Relief of two female figures (unknown meaning), 9: Place of the Sundial.


Watery Wednesday in Horta

One of the many many beautiful features in the park, the reflecting pond behind the Duke’s neo-classical pavilion seen yesterday.

Watery Wednesday, right here.


Shame on us!!!

Sooo…. After 3 1/2 years in Barcelona, we finally went to the famed maze and garden in Horta. And it immediately became our favorite place in town! Will show you much more in the next few days. For today, suffice to say that it is a right royal place!

And if anyone knows how to get rid of the halo in HDR, please let me know?


The kiss

Whilst having a good photo shoot in the north of Barcelona today, on our first really warm day of the year (T shirt weather, my friends!!!), I spotted this couple, kissing in the sun. Now, I don’t usually intrude on people’s privacy, but… If they thought they were alone, they were wrong! Hundreds of people around. Anyway, guys, thanks for the photo!


Black and White Weekend Reflections

Some university buildings in the Raval. James’s weekly Weekend Reflections meme is right here! And Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White, here.


Watery Wednesday

The Debod temple park in Madrid, for Watery Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Mandy.