Barcelona, a photo a day

Passeig de Gracia



Some funny publicity in a clothes shop on Passeig de Gracia. To see more b&w, click here, and here for more reflections.

One for the ladies?


The perfume museum. Hmm, only for the ladies? I don’t think so!

Passeig de Gracia

Barcelona’s Champs Elysees is the Passeig de Gracia, with it’s many many noble mansions. Wouldn’t you want this house on your Christmas wishlist???


Sitting Bull

I’ve been wanting to post this small statue of a sitting bull near Passeig de Gracia for ages, but all my photos were just… dull, and lifeless. Here is one possible solution against this dullness.

Casa Amatller

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.

Smelly vials!

Among the 100 or so museums in Barcelona, there is also a perfume museum, which Mandy visited some time ago. Situated in the back of a … perfume shop on Passeig de Gracia, it must smell quite heavenly.
Photo courtesy of Mandy, of course.

Just ring the bell…

…at Casa Batllo!

Weekend Reflections? Right here!


 Gaudi’s genius. Beauty that goes well into details. Here are some from Casa Batllo, on Passeig de Gracia.

Casa Batllo

A few more details of Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, aka the bone house. It is one of Barcelona’s main tourist attraction.
To see more of Gaudi’s magnificent works, just click on the Gaudi label below.

I still don’t have much time to browse your blogs, but, as I am finally going back to work tomorrow, after 100 days of convalescence, I should, strangely enough, have more time.
2 new blogs coming up soon!!!

Straight lines?

Not many straight lines to be seen in this building! It is the Casa Batllo, on Passeig de Gracia, a house renovated by Antonio Gaudi. We will bring you more of this unique place in the next few days.

This is, by the way, post 500. We’ve come a long way.

Passeig de Gracia

A tree on the Passeig, providing precious shade during those very hot days.

Hugo’s place

Some guy called Hugo’s place on Passeig de Gracia. I heard he’s quite a fancy dresser.

Oh my, this must have hurt…

This is for Weekend Reflections nr 37. Please visit James‘s blog to see other participant’s photos and reflections.

Leaving the stone quarry… Dejando la Pedrera…

After yesterday’s stone bridge built by Antonio Gaudi, let us remain with this great man a while longer.

One of his absolute masterpieces was the Casa Mila, better known as ‘la Pedrera’ the stone quarry.

Owned by a bank, it used to be Rosario Segimon and Pere Milà’s home. A rather magnificent home. Built for them by Gaudi from 1905 till 1912.

It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Open to visits (10 euros, which is cheap for Barcelona), it also hosts a museum and modernism shop, and an exhibition center which is usually free of charge. We saw a very nice Maillol exhibition there last winter.

On the photo, you can see one of the somptuous gates.

Want to know more? Here is what Wiki says to it.

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Weekend Reflections

Nature, reflected in the windows of this most beautiful and most organic looking building.

To see more weekend reflections, just click here.

Casa Fuster

La Casa Fuster. Should you be looking for a better place to stay on a romantic holiday in Barcelona, I suppose this is the place!
It is one of the best examples of modernism. Built in 1908 by Gaudi’s contemporary Lluis Domenech i Montaner, it was a gift from the Señor Fuster to his wife, with the underlying intention to make the city of Barcelona more beautiful. Nice guy!

Now, for the last 10 years, it has been a hotel. Click here for more info.


Emotions. Mute dreams. Emptyness. Space. The space of a second. Loving without forgiveness. To lose the innocence of being.

Emotions, by Antonio Iglesias.

A shop window.

The shadow of a duck

You might remember the doggy watering can a few days back. In the same shop on Passeig de Gracia, they had this excellent and quite surreal shadow play as part of the decoration.

Coming up in Brattleboro, Vermont!

Do you like dogs? Do you like gardening? Do you like starting a trend???

Then, I’m asking you, Mrs and Mr B., why not combine all 3 in this avant garde doggy watering can? Take your can for a walkie, ask your dog to water the most beautiful garden in (this part of) the US of A, start the Vermont doggy watering can trend! Be a star.
But you already are!

This doggie having something to do with water (…), this post is therefore obviously part of Watery Wednesday! Please click here to see more pictures being more obviously related to the theme: water. And really: do not ask your (real) dog to water your garden. I mean it.

Late PPS (post-post scriptum): I really liked doing this special Brattleboro post! So, I just decided that there would be another one tomorrow! Yeah, towards the west coast of the US, a monsieur with a special interest in vaches. Honni soit qui mal y pense, as the anglais would say.

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Organic biomorph

This is what is commonly called Gaudi’s masterpiece, Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera, the stone quarry. A view of one of the staircases. More info here.

Waiting at the Mandarin Oriental

The entrance to the hotel Mandarin Oriental, one of the many luxury hotels on Passeig de Gracia. The lady seemed to be waiting for… something, someone? Boring job, on a grey sunday afternoon.
Price per room per night, from 365 euros, or 516 US dollars, up to 1740 euros for a suite, or 2078 $. Which is quite OK, as the rate for a suite at the Arts Hotel can go up to 10.000 euros, or 14140.27 US dollars. Per night.

I started anothe little blog, posting not necessarily my best, but definitely my favorite photos from around the world. You’ll find them on top of the sidebar.

L’ entree de l’ hotel Mandarin Oriental sur Passeig de Gracia. Cette dame semblait attendre quelqu’un, ou quelque chose. Elle avait l’air de s’ennuyer ferme.
Prix par chambre et par nuit dans cet hotel,entre 365 et 1740 euros. Ce qui n’est pas trop mal compare a l’hotel Arts, ou une suite peut vous couter jusqu’a 10000 euros. La nuit.
J’ai commence un nouveau blog, avec certaines de mes photos preferees, prise dans le monde entier. Pas forcement mes meilleures photos, mais vraiment mes preferees. Vous les trouverez au dessus du widget de traduction, sur le cote.

Casa Amatller

Welcome back to Passeig de Gracia, the street full of weird and wonderful buildings.
This is Casa Amatller. Built between 1898 and 1900 by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, for the chocolate king Antoni Amatller, and inspired by 17th century dutch townhouses. The sculptures are by Eusebi Arnau. Another fine example of modernism. Very very touristic, of course, very long queues to actually visit the building. Haven’t had the time yet to do it, but I will, asap. And I’ll take some pictures, promised!

This is not a wedding cake!

No, it isn’t, believe it or not! This is the Casa Batlló, built for a middle-class family (!), and remodeled by Gaudi. Not a lot of straight lines in there, very organic! Locals call it the bone house.
The building itself is situated in Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s Champs Elysées, and is an absolute tourist magnet, as you can imagine! For myself, I just love it! Then you wonder where Hundertwasser got his ideas from!

Here is a detail of the house:

Want to know more about it? No problem, just click here! Wiki will help!

The Casa next door is about as crazy. More about it… later, in another post.