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Travel and Tourism

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?


Not Barcelona neither…

…but Richmond-upon-Thames, near London. It is amazing to be able to find places like this just minutes away from the big city buzz.


Ice cream times

Yes, ice cream times are back, although we have a few rainy days coming up. But it’s finally nice and warm!!!

Our World Tuesday!


It’s all about taste…

A common if unsavory sight in many many of the tourists-oriented souvenir shops in the old town. Can’t remember having ever seen a local wearing this.
Anyway, which one would be yours, should you have to choose???

News. General strike in Spain today. As this blog is not about politics, I will only share with you what will be our life here today: barely any transport, some airlines cancelled all their flights, roads barred by dozens of manifestations, many shops closed… I am not going to work today, not willing to live in a country with 19th century labor laws. Here are some links if you want to know more

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AD 1570

441 years of Christmas market in Strasbourg… A few glimpses, a few impressions.


Swans

Let’s get out of Barcelona, even Spain, for a bit. Some swans in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, some time ago.


El Pabellon del Espejo

We spent the day in Madrid on Thursday, and we came across this very nice cafe, the pabellon del espejo, or mirror pavillion, near Plaza Colon.


Early morning…

Early morning traffic at BCN airport, terminal 1.


Leaving…

Bon voyage!

Many more watery pictures here.


Skywatch Friday

There are 4 international airports in Catalunya, Barcelona, Girona, Reus and Lleida. BCN airport, with it’s huge and brand new second terminal, is one of the big hubs in southern Europe. And that makes for magnificent skies! Very good for Skywatch Friday!


Watery Wednesday

Leaving Barcelona…. for about 90 minutes.

This is for  the Watery Wednesday meme. Click here to see more fabulous watery photos!


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!


Late cruise

We went on a  little cruise last night, and the light was amazing…


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???!!!!


Madrid

We spent just over 24 hours in Madrid 2 weeks ago, together with the Pope (who we only saw on TV). These are a few impressions from this last World Youth day, and other stuff.

A ham museum, the Barcelona Football Club doll, some catholic pilgrims, some things you can see or buy in Madrid…..


Post 844: real life

It is one of those strange times in the year when summer is more or less over, when people are leaving in droves, filling planes and ships to go back to their real lives. But still, the beaches are still so incredibly packed, the crowds are still so numerous. Sometimes we wish we’d not be living in a 3 Mio people town.
Anyway, if you’re just back from holidays, or if you’re about to going back, have a safe return to real life.

School started again today. And we had a little rain for an hour to celebrate, woey-hey! Been a while!

This is for the second avatar of My World Tuesday, renamed Our World Tuesday, after the passing of  it’s founder.


Watery temptation

August in Barcelona… Many many people spend hundreds (or thousands) of euros to be here now. As for us, the people actually living here, we’re just going to work, trying to escape the intense heat (over 41 degrees in the sun yesterday at 3 PM)  as much as possible… Going to the beach? Sure, in the evening!
Meanwhile, passing through Plaza de Catalunya, there are those temptingly cool looking fountains… Access forbidden, obviously. But if you go close enough,you can always enjoy a bit of the spray. Nice.

Watery Wednesday. Here.

With our longing thoughts to our friends and family in NZ, stuck in the snow. Guys, let’s swap for a day!


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!


Skywatch Friday

It is brutally hot in Barcelona, so let us escape to some fresher pastures… This is Lough Corrib, in Connemara, in the Gaeltacht west of Galway, in Ireland. And the mountains are some of the 12 Bens. Aaaaahhh,a breath of fresh air!

This, of course, is for Skywatch Friday! Check it out!


My World Tuesday

Curious name for this hotel in  the Raval indeed.

Click here to see more of My World Tuesday.


Yeah, why not.

A novelty way for tourists to move around town, in herds. Would love to have one to go to work!


Watery Wednesday

Now there’s something else… The small port in the beautiful lebanese town of Sidon, or Saida, in Arabic. Had a fantastic lunch there, once.

Click here to see what my mates did for Watery Wednesday!


The cruise ships

Bringing up to 70.000 tourists a day to Barcelona…


Hang on a moment!

High above the city, a ride to the sea…