Barcelona, a photo a day

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A weekend reflection


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…



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.

Night ferry


We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Drama on the high sea


This is the Sorrento, italian registered ferry, entering the Port Vell in BCN. He was doing the route Barcelona-Menorca. I used to see him every day at around 8 PM, from my office at the World Trade Center.
The Sorrento caught fire last night, between Palma de Mallorca and Valencia (other route, other markings), and sank this morning. All 156 passengers and crew were fortunately evacuated on time, nobody was hurt.


Photo from the El Periodico news website.

Coming through!


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

Port Vell


Another view of Port Vell, the old port. You might have noticed: I LOVE BOATS!!!

More on my new website, paintings with my camera!

Paintings with my camera

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A little publicity today, for myself. I recently started this project/website, taking some of my photos, and transforming them into paintings, using mainly Adobe Lightroom, and several plug-ins. Want to see more? It’s right here!

BTW, this is the W hotel, facing the Desigual HQ.




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

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Welcome to the World, Mir in russian! Isn’t she gorgeous, the white princess from up north!

Señor Colon y las golondrinas

In English: Mr Columbus and the swallows. Colon is Christopher Columbus. He is standing on top of his column, and is watching over the golondrinas, or swallows, the tourist boats going around the harbor and along the coast. If you’re in town, do it, it is a really good way to see Barcelona from a different angle. And it is relatively cheap.

A gull’s night out…

…usually at the port.

When the night falls…

… you can see this.

Figuring out the figurehead…

One of the tall ships present in Barcelona during last summer’s Merce festival, had this figurehead. And I just can’t figure it out. Can you?


Monthly theme day: zest.
Hmm… Tricky?
Here is how Google defines it:

  1. zest
    1. 1.
      great enthusiasm and energy.
      “they campaigned with zest and intelligence”
      synonyms: enthusiasmgustorelish, zestfulness, appetiteeagernesskeenness,avidityzealfervourardourpassionloveenjoymentjoydelight,excitement;

      vervevigour, liveliness, sparklefizzeffervescencefireanimation,vitalitydynamismenergybuoyancybriobouncepepspirit,spiritedness, exuberancehigh spirits, high-spiritedness; 
      informalzing,zipoomphvimpizzazz, get-up-and-go
      “she had a great zest for life”

    2. 2.
      the outer coloured part of the peel of citrus fruit, used as flavouring.
      “add 3 tablespoons of lemon zest”
      synonyms: rindpeelskincovering, outer layer; More

    1. 1.
      scrape off the outer coloured part of the peel of (a piece of citrus fruit) for use as flavouring.
      “zest the orange and lemon, taking care to discard all of the white pith”
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  2.    Anyway, here is my take. Nr 33 swimmer, during last summer’s european swimming championship in the Port Vell. Guess you need a lot of zing, zip, oomph, and some pizzaz as well, to do this.
  3.    Be sure to click here to get a bit of it!


A rather dreamy view of the Port Vell, with the Maremagnum shopping center in the background.

A weekend reflection

Sundown in one of the windbreakers at the Maremagnum shopping mall, on Friday night.

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Port Vell

Had a nice walk in the old port last night, and the best crepe I’ve ever had this side of the Pyrenees mountains, smoked salmon and cream cheese.
Wanted to take the ferry to Ibiza, but… Maybe another time.

28 degrees, partly cloudy…

…said the weather report for today. Well, it didn’t quite reach 28 degrees, more like 26, but the clouds were out, including some really peculiar ones. Here is a nice cloud carpet above the general post office on the seafront. Anyone knows what these clouds are called???


Serenity is in escaping the crowds

The artists

Outside the Maremagnum shopping mall, on an island in the old port, Port Vell

The great sea

The Maremagnum (great sea) shopping center, seen from Montjuic hill. A shopping center with a normal cinema, an IMAX cinema, many restaurants, painters, artists… A very lively place in the Port Vell, the old port.

Nice weather on the seafront

We seem to have a never ending summer… A rainy day last Sunday, but the temperature is stable at around 27 degrees most days. Still more than warm enough for the beach!

The painter

Remaining on this week’s maritime theme (wasn’t planned, just came out like this), here is the Horizon, out of Valetta, Malta. Needs a wee bit of painting, it seems. I wonder if the people underneath the painter are aware of his presence? One more of these ‘ invisible’ workers who make our life what it is.

Pretty granny!

She is 94 years old, and she is so pretty! The schooner Santa Eulalia, proud property of the Maritime Museum in Barcelona. She is usually moored nearby, this is the first time I’ve actually seen her sailing.