Barcelona, a photo a day


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…

Going to the great sea


On the bridge going to the Maremagnum (latin: great sea, meaning the Med) shopping center, in the old port, Port Vell.

Las Arenas

This used to be a bullring… As much as I dislike forcefed capitalism, this is still so much better than bullfighting. Bullfighting is illegal in Cataluny, by the way. A good thing.

A weekend reflection

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

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The beauty inside, outside

The bridge

Walking on the bridge connecting the Maremagnum shopping mall to the continent. With a fabulous light!

The diagonal forum

Behind the shopping mall called Diagonal Forum, there is a small fountain. It doesn’t look like much during daytime, but is so much nicer at night.

Welcome to the…

…tarot reading place, on Carrer Tallers, 08001 Barcelona!


A capillary fantasy about virgin human hair…I might go for the yellow one… And you?

Tintin et Milou

A little piece of Belgium, inside the Arenas shopping center. Dedicated to Luna, Leia and Cezar, in Belgium, and not in Luxembourg anymore.


Almost everything can be beautiful.

Post 1322, last of 2012

We wish you all a very happy new year, une tres bonne annee, un feliz ano nuevo, ein froehlisches neues Jahr, um feliz ano novo, a güets nëies johr, kali chronia, shana tova, gelukkig nieuwjaar, gott nytt år, kia hari te tau hou, ath bhliain faoi mhaise, 新年好, bon any nou, あけまして おめでとう ございます, Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới.

On January first, there wont be an ‘official CDPB ‘ theme day, but some of us will be posting our best photo of the year, here.

Shadow games

A late night out, an enticing shop window…

Probably the best bookshop in the world…

I never do publicity for anything commercial, and this is THE exception: Altair. Simply the biggest travel bookshop in Europe, and one of the biggest in the world. They have everything you can dream of, and even their own travel agency! Wanna find out how to go to Gavdos, Aitutaki or Fakaofa, this is the place! And it’s just around the corner! Been coming here for 30 years.

What is your best bookshop in the world?

Sweets for my sweet…

We both love oriental sweets, and you can get them everywhere here. Dangerous!!!

CDP December theme: our street

Our street is the theme for this month on the CDP portal, and this is the photo we chose, a photo about the street around the corner from ours.

Click here to see other people’s streets.

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.


Just enjoying the sun and the newspaper.

Quite a spectacle!

Well… A pretty colorful shopfront! And a sight for sore eyes…

English word of the day: grammar…

word history: Although the two concepts are rarely associated with each other, grammar and glamour are linked. Recorded in Middle English, the word grammar came via French gramaire and Latin grammatica from Greek grammatikē (tekhnē) ‘(art) of letters’. In the Middle Ages Latin grammatica was often used to mean ‘learning’, and because many people associated scholarship with magic, grammar seems to have taken on the meaning ‘enchantment, magic’. It was in Scottish English in the 18th century that the spelling change from grammar to glamour occurred, and the form glamour became fixed in the meaning ‘magic’ and later ‘an attractive and exciting quality’. Similarly, grimoire ‘a book of spells’ derives from an alternative spelling of French grammaire ‘grammar’.

For the small pleasures in life…

Yet another shop in Barcelona… There are shops for everything here!


One of the cooler shop signs in the old town

Harsh times…

Crisis? Hard times? No reason not to look good!

A new word…

As an English teacher, I absolutely like discovering new words. Found the very nice boustrophedon the other day…   Anyway, fashion made of trash? TRASHION, of course! In this case, bags made of recycled plastic.

La señora de la tienda de abanicos

Aka the lady from the fan shop. It is still quite hot here, 28 to 30 degrees most days. So hail to this most Spanish of all inventions!