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Skywatch Friday

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It is worth taking a Swallow, Golondrina, along the seafront, specially in the evening, the golden hour!

This is for Skywatch Friday, a fantastic meme! Just click here.


No airshow.

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An airshow, a while back. The city hall, in it’s immense wisdom, decided to save some money, on this most popular entertainment. So, you’ll only have this photo, no more airshows I’m afraid.


Keep on runnin’

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No, it isn’t the Spencer Davis Group, lol! Just some guys running in their hotpants on the seafront.


Gone fishing

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And that’s how you do it, chicos, said the old man.

Our World Tuesday is a very cool meme, and it is here!


Playing with light

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Now and then, I like playing around with old photos, mainly with Adobe Lightroom (not a Photoshop fan, me) and with NIK filters. What do you think? Are you rather a SOOC -Straight Out Of the Camera- fan?

The Sagrada Familia church seems so close to the beach… Well it isn’t, it is well inland.


An evening on the beach

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Sigh.

This is for Skywatch Friday


And one more…

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Me, my wife, and some palms…


The World Trade Center and Barceloneta

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… and in the back, one of the many reasons to come to Barcelona: playas!


Soon…

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…it will be xiringuito season, aka the best time of the year: SUMMERTIME, YEAH!!!

A xiringuito, or guingueta, spanish chiringuito, is a beach bar, serving mostly drinks and snacks. Usually, some of them are fully-fledged restaurant. The bars tend to be really crowded after 2 PM, or in the evening, when the beach parties start. Excellent places to meet people…


Planet Poblenou

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You too can create your own planet! This is la planeta del Poblenou, complete with Hilton hotel and a beach!


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Hanging out, having a Bud…

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Catedral del Mar

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So many things in Barcelona are sea-related. Well, it is one of the main port on the Med.
Anyway, this is in my opinion the most elegant church in town, Santa Maria de la Ribera, the cathedral of the sea. You might have read Ildefonso Falcone’s book about about it, a local bestseller. More about the church here.


Peix

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The whale, this is what we call this big structure on the seafront in Barcelona.
No, wait… According to Frank Gehry who built it for the 92 Olympics, it is actually a giant goldfish. Ok with this, it is red indeed, made of copper and steal.

About the style of this photo ((no, I did not paint. Although, I did…), more about it on my brand new website, the painting camera, merging photography and painting. Feel free to browse.And who knows, you might want to buy a picture…


I know what you did last summer!

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Well, maybe I don’t. But I truly wish you were fortunate enough to find yourself a nice place to spend the summer, be it sea or mountain. And for me, AND I REALLY NEED SUMMER RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE!

Special message to some good friends of mine in the scorching heat of Western Australia (the hottest day in ages there): winter will be back. In a few months, wont be long now. Lol.


Barcelona blues

Blues, and other colors, of course. The Westin hotel, as seen from Barceloneta beach.


Rush hour in Barcelona

This is the ransom of success and popularity… Oh man, give me an empty beach any day!


Skywatch Friday

It was a nice Friday afternoon on the Barcelona seafront.

To see more Friday Skywatchers, click here.


Nightfall on the seafront


A chiringuito evening

I spent an evening on the beach recently, at a chiringuito, or beach cafe, with some colleagues. One of the rare times when I’m on the beach at sundown. So, plenty photos!


How nice can the beach be…

…once the hordes have gone, after 9 PM. It is a great thing to have beaches, but there is also a big drawback about living in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Tourists my friends, you are welcome! But sometimes I wish I had a bit more space for my towel… A beach should not feel like the London Tube at rush hour, don’t you think?
Well, we have a conundrum.


Summertime…

…and the living is easy.

For some anyway. For the others: back to work now.


Beach season…

The beach season opens officially this coming weekend. This means that the following facilities will be available: toilets, lifeguards, police patrols, Wifi, a public library, bars, parties, and so on. Just add sun. Well, the weather is ok right now, 19 degrees today.


Miniature

This is the first ever time I use the miniature technique of photography, for Water World Wednesday. It is basically fiddling with the depth of field.

One of the ways of enjoying Barcelona by the sea, the fast way. I would suggest you to wait and do this during summer, but not right now.


Bacardi!

Sitges is the birthplace of Facund Bacardi i Masso, the founder of the eponymous rum distillery. And the municipality of Sitges had the very good idea not to put the statue of the man himself, but this rather wonderful statue.

I already posted this on my other blog, but I like it so much that I could not resist posting it here as well.