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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.


Night ferry

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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

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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.

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Photo from the El Periodico news website.


Coming through!

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


Port Vell

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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.


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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!


Добро пожаловать в МИР

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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?


Zest!

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

  1. zest
    zɛst/
    noun
    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

    verb
    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”
    Choose languageAfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBelarusianBengaliBosnianBulgarianCatalanCebuanoChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitianHausaHebrewHindiHmongHungarianIcelandicIgboIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseJavaneseKannadaKhmerKoreanLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalteseMaoriMarathiMongolianNepaliNorwegianPersianPolishPortuguesePunjabiRomanianRussianSerbianSlovakSlovenianSomaliSpanishSwahiliSwedishTamilTeluguThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWelshYiddishYorubaZulu
  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!

Dreamy

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.

Click right here to see more weekend reflections!


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

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.


Skywatch Friday

The La Pepa, replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Galleons were the most universal Spanish ships, which played the lead on commercial and cultural relationships during more than 3 centuries, 16th to 18th, between Spain, the Americas and Asia. Or so says the provided information. They brought other stuff as well, far more evil and nasty. Anyway, the galleon is beautiful, and well worth a visit. Will come back to it later.

To see what other participants to the Skywatch Friday meme did, just click here.


3 men on a ….

… kind of boat. Taken large, of course.

Once again, I apologize for not visiting your blogs and commenting. The problem is:  most days only have 24 hours, and they’re very very busy right now.

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Our world Tuesday.


Nao Victoria, a welcome visitor!

Victoria (or Nao Victoria, as well as Vittoria) was a Spanish carrack and the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world. The Victoria was part of a Spanish expedition commanded by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and after his demise during the voyage, by Juan Sebastián Elcano. The expedition began with five ships but the Victoria was the only ship to complete the voyage. Magellan was killed in the Philippines. This ship, along with the four others, was given to Magellan by King Charles I of Spain. Victoria was named after the church of Santa Maria de la Victoria de Triana, where Magellan took an oath of allegiance to Charles V in order to be granted full access to the Spice Islands. Victoria was an 85 tons ship with a crew of 42.
The four other ships were Trinidad (110 tons, crew 55), San Antonio (120 tons, crew 60), Concepcion (90 tons, crew 45), and Santiago (75 tons, crew 32). Trinidad, Magellan’s flagship, Concepcion, and Santiago were wrecked or scuttled; San Antonio deserted the expedition before the Straits of Magellan and returned to Europe on her own.
Victoria was rated a carrack or nao (ship), as were all the others except Trinidad, which was a caravel.
Click here to read more about this beautiful Nao.

And this is a replica, built in Punta Arenas, Chile, between 2006 and 2009.


Chinese new year, part 4: the photographer

Quite a few interesting stalls around, during the celebrations, all Chinese businesses in town, or Catalan companies doing business with China. One of the stalls was this one below, the photographer. One of the things they proposed was taking your photo in Chinese clothes.


L’Any del Drac

Maybe a bit late, but Barcelona celebrated this weekend the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, l’ any del drac in Catalan. Plenty do see, plenty to do, and plenty to eat. So, happy new year! We do have a very important Chinese population in town.


The circus, part 3


I usually avoid posting blurred photos, but sometimes it just works out. The sales lady, and, below, what she was selling.


Lolita y Encarnacion…

… are 2 of the Golondrinas (swallows) taking tourists around the port and along the coast. It is a very nice thing to do when you’re visiting Barcelona… and the sea is not too choppy!


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!


Golden

One early morning in the ferry-port…

National holiday here in Catalunya today, la Diada. Don’t you hate it when holidays fall on a weekend???!!!!


Black and white Port Vell

The Port Vell, or Old Port of Barcelona, with the ferry terminal and the World Trade Center.

The Weekend in Black and White. Check here to see more!


Summertime

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But till that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

Georges Gershwin, Porgy and Bess


Watery Wednesday 130

A Golondrina at night. Even Golondrinas need to sleep, I suppose.

This is of course for one of our very favorite weekly memes, the one and only Watery Wednesday!

Our fellow Barcelona blogger Isabel, from isasfotoblog really likes this blog! So much that she gave us an award! Here it is:

Now, we have a few days to think about who we will pass it on. Stay tuned, folks!


Watery Wednesday 128

Some boats…

Watery Wednesday!


Watery Wednesday

A very familiar scene in the Port Vell, the old port (which is actually the new one… Don’t ask). I think the fishes actually wait for for the tourists to feed them. Hello, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov!

This, of course if for Watery Wednesday.


Skywatch Friday

… and the sky was full of jellyfishes…

The one and only Skywatch Friday! Just a CLICK away!


Post 615: Mc Merry-go-round???

…as seen near the Maremagnum shopping center, in the Port Vell.

Once again, I’m having header problems: tried to change it for a new one, but whatever I put comes out blurred. Anyone knows what’s happening?


Watery Wednesday 123

When the Barcelona World Race was here at the end of last year, there was this artificial pool where small and big kids could play with model replicas of the boats. These kids seem to have fun!

This is for Watery Wednesday in it’s 123rd edition. Please click here as usual to see other blogger’s photos.

And don’t forget your weekly appointment with Thursday’s Food for Thoughts!


Barcelona World Race 2010/2011

On December 31st, at 13 hours, will start one of the main events of the sailing year, the Barcelona World Race. 15 boats, 2 crew per boat, going around the world, non stop, from Barcelona to Barcelona, 25000 miles or 46300 km. It will take them over 3 months, in those incredible IMOCA Open 60 yachts.

These boats are part of an ‘open’ class. That means that the designers enjoy a level of freedom when designing, as long as the boats fit within the measurements of 60 feet (18.29 meters) in length, 4.5 meters of draught and a mast that must be no higher than 28 meters above the water. The design must also comply with a series of safety requirements that can be divided into two main groups:

Structural design regulations. These include watertight compartments and safety hatches etc.

Stability regulations. These are a series of requirements and tests performed on each boat to guarantee stability and self-righting action if the boat were to capsize.

The IMOCA Open 60s are specially designed for solo and double-handed ocean sailing. The shape of the hull and the rigging features respond to the average wind direction and swell experienced in a west-east circumnavigation of the globe. Favoring fair winds, the IMOCA Open 60s have smooth, straight hulls to plane across waves, and can reach speeds of up to 25 knots.

And here is their route:

The best of luck to them!

Relax

Temperatures are going down, but we still have 27 to 29 degrees most days, low to middle 80es. Good enough weather to relax and watch the sea, the boats passing. We’re very good at this here. And you?

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Watery Wednesday

You see it? Yep, that’s mine. Care for a little boat trip, darling?

¿Cuál es el nuestro, querido?

On va ou, cherie?

Wo soll’s hingehen,Schnuckipuss?


Querida, onde vamos?

This is for Watery Wednesday 104. Please click here to see more watery photos.



Post 475: going somewhere?

We are going to Lourdes next week (not by boat, as it is a mountain town). Are you going somewhere nice in the near future?

Vamos a Lourdes la semana próxima (no en barco, pues es una ciudad de la montaña). ¿Usted va en alguno puesto agradable en un futuro próximo?

Nous allons a Lourdes la semaine prochaine (pas en bateau, c’est dans les montagnes!). Et vous, où allez-vous ??

And welcome, bemvindo to Rui  FT Santos, a very excellent portuguese photographer, our 335th follower.


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!


W

The W Hotel, as seen from the old port.
Once again, sorry about not being able to visit your blogs at the moment, as we still don’t have internet. I still manage to spend half an hour in an internet cafe, aka here as locutorio, but that’s about it. We’ll be back ASAP, God and the IP willing!

And also a very warm welcome to the latest followers of this blog! Hope you enjoy it!


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!


Watery Wednesday nr 96

OK. Let us assume for a moment that YOU (yes: YOU) are absolutely and utterly filthy rich (and we hope it is true). YOU obviously have several luxury super yachts all around the world, but can’t use all of them (what’s  the use for a yacht in Barcelona when YOU live in the Seychelles???).

Obviously, having spent an enormous amount of money on your toy, YOU don’t want it to get dusty. So, this is the ideal solution for every yacht-owning housewife: a dust cover, duh!!!

The wonderful world of Watery Wednesday! Don’t know it yet, have a look! Know it already? Have a look anyway!


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.


Barceloneta

Barceloneta, or little Barcelona.

La Barceloneta is a neighborhood in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. The neighborhood was constructed during the 18th century for the residents of the Ribera neighborhood who had been displaced by the construction of the Ciudadela of Barcelona. The neighborhood is roughly triangular, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Muelle de España of Port Vell and the El Born neighborhood. The neighborhood is serviced by its own stop on the Barcelona metro. Torre Sant Sebastià is the terminus of the Port Vell Aerial Tramway (better known as the cable car) opened in 1931 and connecting Barceloneta with Montjuïc across Port Vell.

Barceloneta beach gained status as the best urban beach in the World and total third best beach in the World, according to the documentary film “Worlds Best Beaches” produced by Discovery Channel in 2005. And even Miguel Cervantes talks about it in book 2 of The man of la Mancha. Although I have to say, being almost incredibly crowded, it is not our favorite beach in Barcelona.


Going to Ibiza

The SF Alhucemas, en route to Ibiza, with up to 1000 passengers.


Watery Wednesday

Down at the old port.

This is for Watery Wednesday nr 87. Please click here, you’ll see many more beautiful pictures.


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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