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A last one…

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Back from too short holidays in the french countryside, sigh.
So, what about a last (kind of) bicycle, for the fun of it, before passing onto something else?


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Theme day: bicycle

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Sexy beaches of Barcelona… How could I not take this photo… Click on the photo to see her…tattoo.

More bikes here!


The bike-house

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Saw him all the time, for several years, a seemingly homeless guy with his house on his bike.Good luck to you, dude.


The bike tours

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Quite a lot of tours of any kind in Barcelona, even bike tours. No need to BYO!

More bikes in their natural environment soon to come, getting ready for the great worldwide City Daily Photos one and unique Theme Day, on August 1st! Don’t you miss it!!!!!


Top Gun

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Another shot at the festival in the sky


CDP theme day: upside down

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Upside down… When I read about this coming theme, a few weeks ago, I drew a blank. But fortunately, we had in BCN the festa al cel, the festival in the sky.
Click here to see what other participants did.


Motorheads are coming!

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Can’t wait for the Harley Days to be back! Lots of weird and wonderful people, with their glorious machines!


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.


HOGs

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A HOG meeting during the annual Harley Days in Montjuic. What’s HOG? It stand for Harley Owners Group. Nice people!


Unbearably slow

Can I touch the horsey? Yet another festivity on the Rambla. The Rambla (which has several names, depending on which section of it you are) is one of the 3 main thoroughfares through the old town, together with Paralel and Laietana. It is actually a dried riverbed, recovered along the centuries with dirt and other stuff. Now, it is the promenade, always full of tourist and photographers watching people go by. A narrow passage through the old town, it is as best a very slow going, driving down the mile or so of its length. And well, whenever there is a festivity, the city closes it. But when it’s open, almost every taxi driver in town chooses to pass this way, doesn’t matter where you are going. The perfect tourist trap: it’s nice, it’s slow, and the meter is turning and turning… Even at 4 in the morning, when you have an early plane to catch, just on time for the slow moving street cleaning machines…
But hey, it’s a photographer’s paradise!


Trendy!

The lazy way to go around town… For the people in front, anyway. It is quite trendy now, green, non polluting. And for the rickshaw-wallah… He wont need a gym to stay fit.


Where is the rickshaw-wallah???

He shouldn’t let his ride on the street like this!
There are a lot of cycle rickshaws in Barcelona, but this is the first of this kind I’ve seen this side of Asia.


Traveling back in time…

Look who traveled through our area yesterday morning! Yes, it is the 2013 Barcelona to Sitges classic car rally! Enjoy these few photos, and don’t you just think that cars were so much more beautiful in those times?


Estació de França

This is by far the most beautiful train station in Barcelona, the Estació de França. Here is what Wikipedia says about it in English:

Estació de França (Catalan pronunciation: [əstasiˈo ðə ˈfɾansə]; Spanish: Estación de Francia; “France Station”) is a major railway station in  Barcelona.
Estació de França is the second busiest railway station of the city after Barcelona-Sants in terms of regional and long-distance ridership. It may lose this status, however, with the arrival of the AVE high-speed train in Sants and the construction of Estació de la Sagrera, planned for completion in 2012, that will concentrate most of the traffic.
A railway station was first built here in the 19th century as the main terminus for trains arriving from France (as its name still suggests), but also for services to North East Catalonia and the Costa Brava.
Re-built and re-opened for the 1929 International Exhibition, the two monumental buildings that make up the station were designed by the architect Pedro Muguruza and inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. They surround the railway tracks in the shape of a ‘U’. In total, the station’s structure is 29m tall and 195m long. The station was closed for renovation between from 1988 and 1992, reopening for the Olympic Games of 1992.
It is generally seen as the city’s most beautiful station. It is worth seeing in its own right for the restrained mix of classical and more modern styles – complete with decoration in marble, bronze and crystal, and modernista and art déco motifs. Over the last three decades it has been eclipsed as Barcelona’s main station by the subterranean sprawl of Sants. Indeed, the other stations of Barcelona are all at least partly underground, França being the only exception.
Part of the original building now belongs to Pompeu Fabra University, serving as its “França building”.


Welcome to Monte Carlo!

Well, not quite… Barcelona is one of the concentration legs of the 16th Historical Monte Carlo Rally. Historical meaning in this case that the cars are from between the 50es and the 80es. Here are some of them.

Some more info about the Rally here. And you might be able to see them arriving in Monte Carlo, 684.5 km away, on Jilly’s Monte Carlo Daily Photo Blog, if she can make it of course.


Boy toy?

Probably.

Kim’s Water World Wednesday meme is here.


Quiet day at the port

The container terminal behind Montjuic Hill


Happy days

Whoever used this car, may they live happily ever  after!


She’s big!!!

The Liberty of the Seas, the largest passenger ship ever built! That thing is so huge that I could not get her on one photo, even though I was several hundred meters away, with a 24mm lens. You’ll find some more information about her here.
Just one thing… You want one? You’ll need to fork out 800 million dollars, 550 million euros. Crisis, what crisis???

Anyway, big and beautiful, but not our cup of tea, as we prefer something much smaller.


3 men on a ….

… kind of boat. Taken large, of course.

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Our world Tuesday.


The truck

Wordless Wednesday
Ruby Tuesday


An interesting visitor

The MS Hamburg, on her maiden voyage. Well, not quite, really… Formerly known as the MS Columbus, it was built 15 years ago, but has just changed owner. Right now, it is coming from Nice in France and is on it’s way to Malaga, Lisbon and Hamburg, where it will be officially christened ‘MS Hamburg’ on June 7th. It is a small ship,  which allows it to go to smaller places than her giant cousin in the back of the photo the Norwegian Epic. I’d rather go with the smaller one…Or even better, steering my own sailing boat.
 On the menu today? Hamburgers, I suppose.


Holidays, the end

I’ve been on holidays (a very busy time!) for the last week and a half. Today, back to the grind. And I will have to use this again: the metro. Oh well, it will be a short week. My world, on Tuesday.


Montpellier 1

We went up north, to the beautiful french city of Montpellier, and this is one of the first things we saw… This was to celebrate the opening of some new tramway lines. Montpellier’s tramways are the sexiest on earth, according to the New York Times!
Will show you much more!