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Christmas times in Barcelona…
No, I’m not in BCN at the moment, but I have over 57.000 photos of Barcelona to play with…
I’m in Paris. The view from my hospital room, as I had a stroke 4 weeks ago in Macedonia. Surgery on Monday.
As seen in Paris, recently. Could not agree more.
The exit of the Port Vell, with the Westin hotel in the background.
Some of you asked me about this style of photos… I use Lightroom 5, playing mostly with the details section, the sharpening and the noise reduction, with some DFine 2 as well.
Yes, once you managed to cross, to survive the maze in Horta, you absolutely have the right to proudly posing for the survivor photo.
The great fountains on Plaza de Catalunya. The statue is called Pastor de Pau, peace shepherd, or peaceful shepherd, a fine example of noucentisme sculptures, the spanish avant-garde. Made by a very interesting man called Pablo Gargallo, who spent a significant part of his life in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, where he lived in 1903 in the artists commune Le Bateau Lavoir, with Max Jacob, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso….
The small fountain near Salvador Dali’s home in Figueres, north of Barcelona.
Many very specialised hops in BCN!
One of the ferries I was telling you about last night.
Cruise ship season is almost over, but we still have the ferries to the Balearics, Italy, Morocco… The next ship will arrive, one day.
One of the popular ways of seeing the marvels of our fair city.
And this is the headquarter of the water company, situated in Glories. Here is what Wiki has to say about it. It is officially called the Torre Agbar, but it has such much funnier nicknames, I let you imagine what it might be…
AgBar, or Aguas de Barcelona, is the company which is providing the water to the numerous fountains here. Without them, we would be left on dry land…
4 Gats, the name of the most famous restaurant/cabaret in town. It opened in 1893, and was frequented by quite a few famous people. Pablo Picasso had his first ever exhibition here in 1899, aged 17.
Nowadays, no cabaret anymore, the place is still a popular place and a tourist attraction. Price of a coffee (cafe solo, what Italians call an expresso): 1,57 euros.
Have a look here to know more about the place.
How often do I dream about just sailing away…
Can’t talk, can’t see, can’t hear… But I can post a shot of this, some good boys, buenos muchachos, doing a good business in the Raval.
You never know when a good photo opp might come!
One of many hidden gems you can find in Barcelona. This one is hidden in plain view, on the front of the Liceu opera house. Yeah, just lift your eyes…
A short trip to France, this weekend, to my homeland. Yes, I’m an Alsatian. No, I don’t (usually) bark.
There are wine areas, and there are beer areas. In Alsace, we are both. Many breweries still exist, and we do produce 637 AOC wines, the appellation d’origine controlee.
And where do we drink them? Well, either in a bierstub (above), a beer bar, or in a winstub, below, a wine bar…
Most streets in Catalunya have 2 names, one in Spanish, one in Catalan. Some are quite similar, but the Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona is called Paseo de Gracia in Spanish. And Consell de Cent becomes Consejo de Cien.
Surprisingly maybe, Catalan is the official language of Andorra, and is spoken in Spain, France and …parts of Italy, on the other side of the pond. Here is what Wiki has to say about it.
Casa Batlló, one of Antonio Gaudi’s masterpieces on Passeig de Gracia. Wort a visit. Or 2 or3.