Wednesday, May 31

Barcelona Sculpture: Figure Holding Frame at Ronda Litoral

Barcelona Sculpture: Figure Holding Frame at Ronda Litoral
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Today I present you with another sculpture located in Plaça dels Voluntaris, a square at Ronda Litoral, the main artery that runs along Barcelona coast. Just in front of Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts we come across this curious figure holding a frame and covered in brush strokes of vivid colors, behind, a long corridor of poles that once were festooned with the flags of all the countries participating in Barcelona Olympic Games. More than 35.000 volunteers took part in the event, thus the name of the square. Please, check the original picture, maybe you like it better. If you prefer more detail see the sculpture from a different angle.

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Tuesday, May 30

Sagrada Familia: Floral Adornment

Sagrada Familia: Floral Adornment
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When you visit Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, it is easy to overlook minor details overwhelmed as you are by the emotional impact of this gigantic masterpiece of universal architecture. When in front of the Nativity Façade, which you can better appreciate sitting on the exterior wall of the premises, take a good look at this floral adornment at one side of the iron gates, notice the elaborate and incredibly realistic contour of the kelp-like metal work. I have to say that this is not the authentic color, of course. Check original picture here.

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Monday, May 29

Barcelona Sculpture: David and Goliath

Barcelona Sculpture: David and Goliath
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Just in front of Hotel Arts and Torre Mapfre there is this funny sculpture called David and Goliath by Antoni Llena, Barcelona (1942). It is one of the 50 sculptures comissioned to several artists during the Olympic Games in 1992. Antoni Llena was already known because of his work with paper or plaster. As you can see, the face resembles a piece of cut-out paper, in fact it is an aluminum sheet standing on three metal tubes.

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Sunday, May 28

Columbus Monument in Barcelona: Silhouette

Columbus Monument in Barcelona: Silhouette
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Today in Barcelona Photoblog I would like to repeat subject: Columbus Monument down Las Ramblas. It is Sunday and according to my statistics this day of the week I receive less visits, so, as apparently less people are watching I won´t indulged into long infos about Colón (you´ve got a previous Columbus post for that) and I will submit this picture of the column as seen from below in the only spot where the afternoon Sun wouldn´t ruin my photograph. You just see silhouettes but there´s something in the light that I like.

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[MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS OVER THE EARTHQUAKE IN INDONESIA]

Saturday, May 27

Tibidabo Amusement Park: Roller Coaster

Tibidabo Amusement Park: Roller Coaster
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Here is today's daily photo: The roller coaster at Tibidabo Amusement Park. In spite of being small it is located in such a way that you are able to see Barcelona at your feet so the sense of height increases. In the picture I tried to show the attraction and the background for you to get a better idea. Check these two other pictures: Roller Coaster A, Roller Coaster B. Some other day I will show you other Tibidabo attractions.

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Friday, May 26

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau: The Holy Cross

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau: The Holy Cross
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We go back to Hospital de Sant Pau to admire the ironwork at the main gates specially this reproduction of the Holy Cross reaching for the light like a sundial. Remember that the full name is Hospital de la Santa Creu (the original medieval building in carrer Hospital which united the first six Barcelona hospitals and built back in 1401) i Sant Pau (adopted from its benefactor's christian name to refer to the new modernist complex built by Domenech i Muntaner in 1902). To find out more check previous posts: Gargoyles and Modernisme in Barcelona.

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Thursday, May 25

Barcelona City Walls: Drassanes

Barcelona City Walls: Drassanes
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This would be just any other bunch of wild flowers growing whimsically on a plain wall, but it happens that we are talking about no ordinary kind of wall: this is the last testimony of Barcelona city walls demolished after 1864. A pretty well preserved section including some fortresses at the western corner of the old city limits facing Montjuic and next to Reials Drassanes (Royal Dockyards), turned into the Naval Museum or Museu Marítim of Barcelona. This gothic style building is one the most complete Medieval dockyards in the world. Later on, I will show you some pictures of the whole wall.

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Wednesday, May 24

Vikings at Tibidabo

Vikings at Tibidabo
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On the lower level of Tibidabo Amusement Park in Barcelona you can see this small attraction for kids where some drakkar ships navigate in circles surrounded by menacing symbols of Norse mythology such as these heads which I wouldn´t dare to call dragons. If anyone knows what they really are feel free to post a comment.

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Tuesday, May 23

Barcelona Architecture: Collserola Tower

Barcelona Collserola Tower
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445 metres above sea level and 288 meters high, Collserola Tower in the natural park of the same name is an emblematic symbol of Barcelona since 1992 Olympic Games. The telecommunications antenna by Sir Norman Foster & Partners is located near Tibidabo Amusement Park, and I suggest you arrive early and visit both (although they are near the city it is not probable that you climb up twice). From the tenth floor of the structure you can have even higher panoramic views of Barcelona City and neighbouring towns but you need fair skies for good visibility behind the surrounding glass walls. For technical details visit the official site. Maybe you would like to see a full size image

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Monday, May 22

Barcelona Tibidabo Amusement Park

Barcelona Tibidabo Amusement Park
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Last Sunday I visited Tibidabo Amusement Park a leisure resort located at Barcelona highest point, inaugurated more than a hundred years ago. Although it is not among the most advanced in the world, Tibidabo is a must see in Barcelona because of its location with fabulous views over the city and beyond, as well as the combination of good service, key attractions and old classic charm. It used to be in private hands till not long ago and now it belongs to Barcelona City Council. I took dozens of pictures, but as this is a daily photoblog I will administer them wisely. Please, don´t miss the above link to the official site.

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Sunday, May 21

Stained Glass: Mare de Déu de Montserrat Church

Stained Glass: Mare de Déu de Montserrat Church
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While celebrating my daughter's First Communion I took some pictures of the stained glass work at Mare de Déu de Montserrat Church near Hospital de Sant Pau. It is a small building and not different from many others but I have always liked religious art. My father used to take me to churches when I was a child not to pray, but to admire the beauty of the place. So I guess cathedrals, altars, organs or stained glass remind me of both my chilhood and my father.

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Saturday, May 20

Heron City Barcelona: Kids at Play

Heron City Barcelona: Kids at Play
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Today I choose a snapshot of some kids playing at Heron City Barcelona. While my wife and daughter were shopping I stopped to watch the show, a couple of actors impersonating a copper and a thief wandered through the crowd. Grownups avoided them ashamed of being the center of attention, but children let their imagination fly and were having a wonderful time. It is quite a normal image but I like the moment of the action, the funny pose of the small girl in pink who was lashing the poor mime with a branch in a sudden burst of joy.

For information about Heron City Barcelona and links to the official site check my previous post Shades and Colours

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Friday, May 19

Barcelona Street Artist X: Paella Tête-à-Tête

Barcelona Street Artist X: Paella Tête-à-Tête
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Paella n. A saffron-flavored Spanish dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken, and seafood originating in the town of Valencia. Hum...not exactly. As you see the element of surprise was missing in the definition. Not that I disapprove having paella at Las Ramblas, where you can enjoy the view and stretch your tired tourist legs under the effect of huge Sangrias served in "buckets", but an experimented native gourmet would say it is almost a sacrilege. Maybe this sort of parody was meant to warn innocent tourists, we will never know. If you want another angle, there you go.

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Thursday, May 18

Columbus Monument at Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Columbus Monument at Las Ramblas, Barcelona
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I am finding it really hard to post today, as Barcelona FC has won the Champions League (Soccer Final Cup) against Arsenal, and I can only hear horns blowing in the street and people shouting...God, I wish I had a picture of Ronaldinho, Eto or Belletti to show you. I know that for most of you who may not be soccer fans this doesn´t really mean much but at least you would have had a great time watching.
I couldn´t find anything more appropiate than the statue of Columbus a notable symbol of Barcelona, showing the way with pride. (My admiration goes to Arsenal FC, a powerful and elegant opponent). Once it is all said, we shouldn´t forget Columbus Monument: A 60m high column designed by Gaietà Buigas i Monravà for the Universal exhibition of 1888 located at Plaça de la Porta de Pau facing Port Vell. In case you decide to take the lift, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona Port and Las Ramblas in the back. Wow, now they start with fire crackers! It is going to be a long night.

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Wednesday, May 17

Barcelona Port: Lady at Rambla de Mar

Barcelona Port: Lady at Rambla de Mar
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Today I show you Rambla de Mar a narrow plank walk departing from Moll de la Fusta towards Port Vell and Maremagnum. Modern in design and free from protective barriers it is the ideal place for reading, basking in the sun, jogging, or meditating. I was taking pictures nearby, when I came across this lady holding a bunch of flowers, a look of despair in her eyes, lost in her own thoughts as hypnotized by the reflections of the sea. The image was enhanced by the presence of a big ferry sailing to the Balearic Islands in the background, a Golondrina (sightseeing boat covering the port area) and the Teleferic, an aerial cable car going over the city from the mountain of Montjuic. Here you have another shot a little bit closer.

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Tuesday, May 16

Barcelona Street Artist IX: Come with Mama!

Barcelona Street Artist IX: Come with Mama!
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If you take a look at my previous post about Barcelona fast food and Mediterranean diet, you will notice that the artist in the picture was talking to a friend during a break. Well, today I came back and caught "her", but paying a big price. The moment I gave her my coin she stepped forward and plunged my head between her huge breasts. From here I would like to encourage all those tourists who got the image to contact me so we can reach an agreement before starting with the blackmail. See here a side view that illustrates the junk food issue I raised then (in the background you see a delivery van, guess what they sell: fried potatoes!). One extra photo here with better sight of bottle of beer lodged right there.

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Monday, May 15

Bridge over Barcelona Forum Water

Bridge over Barcelona Forum Water
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My Barcelona picture today goes about a bridge, in fact a small footbridge over the new sports harbour at the Barcelona Forum premises. Notice the odd irregular shape and take a look at the marina photo. Besides admiring the innovative design, don´t miss the benches on both sides where you can rest and let your mind fly looking at the sea. Check footbridge technical details here and enjoy a panoramic view at night (once you see the map, click on the bridge mark).

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Sunday, May 14

Modernisme: Casa Batlló

Modernisme: Casa Batlló
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Casa Batlló one of the most exuberant and renowned representatives of Modernisme or Catalan Art Nouveau in Barcelona, by Antoni Gaudí, is located at Passeig de Gracia, 43. Built between 1875 and 1877, became the property of Josep Batlló Casanovas by 1900 who first thought of demolition but then fortunately after four years decided to commission Gaudí to renovate the building. These few words are just an introduction to the whole story which you can discover along with excellent pictures at the official Casa Batlló Site. You almost have to stand in line for a good shot here, flashes firing all over your head, so I guess I must be travelling in somebody's photograph on the way home.

Note: I re-edit this post to say that I have discovered a similar picture at Bob´s Barcelona Daily Photo that appeared in January this year. Sometimes it is inevitable that we overlap. Anyway each of us will give you a personal approach to Barcelona, so the experience will be more enriching.

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Saturday, May 13

Port Vell, Barcelona: Ictineu II Submarine

Port Vell, Barcelona: Ictineu II Submarine by Narcís Monturiol
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At the harbour of Barcelona in front of the Imax Port Vell cinema and near Maremagnum complex there is a reproduction of The Ictineu II, the first combustion driven submarine and anaerobic engine, invented by Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol who was born in Figueres, Catalonia (Spain) in 1819. The first successful combustion powered submarine was launched the 2nd of October 1864. Monturiol died tragically and impoverished in Barcelona in 1885. Notice how the little girl completely ignores such "piece of junk".

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Friday, May 12

Recycling and Poverty in Barcelona

Recycling and Poverty in Barcelona
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Many people in Barcelona make a living gathering cardboard, metal or plastic scrap from regular garbage or recycling containers. I was taking coffee when I saw this man passing by with an enormous cart, he was going very fast so I had to run two blocks after him to shoot. Sometimes it seems kind of cruel to photograph people in such situation, I just wish my image humbly contributes to cause a stir in the conciousness of our community.

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Thursday, May 11

Barcelona Sculptures: A Stroll in Montjuic

Barcelona Sculptures: A Stroll in Montjuic
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If you are an art lover, specially if you appreciate sculptures go for a stroll in Montjuic. You have several ways of access as it is a mountain and statues are scattered all over the place. To have a general idea take a look at these pictures where they suggest a route to follow on a map. Today I show you this skinny man obviously an athlete, under the shadow of a tree near Palau de la Mercè and not very far from Palau Sant Jordi. I like the fragile but agile complexion of the body, almost feline emulating the shape of the spires in the background.

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Wednesday, May 10

Modernism in Barcelona: Hospital de Sant Pau

Modernism in Barcelona: Hospital de Sant Pau
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Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, is a modernist complex designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner (see my April post: Gargoyles). The access pavilion at the intersection of carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret and carrer Cartagena is covered with exposed brickwork, and features a tower clock on top. Inside you can admire the excellent stained glass by Mario Maragliano, a richly wrought staircase and these purple ceilings, that recall Islamic architecture. From all the amazing things I discovered inside (when I carry my camera I am much more aware of minor details around me) I prefer this precious lamp. Try to discover what's on top.

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Tuesday, May 9

Sagrada Familia: Longinos and the Sacred Spear

Sagrada Familia: Longinos and the Sacred Spear
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Ask me how I feel now. I had prepared an inspired post about the legend of Longinos the character in my picture and I was using Picasa function called Blog This. After more than an hour of work, I click on publish and there it goes down the drains. Can I swear here? So now I can only "thank" Blogger and Picasa for the big help.
Summary: Cayo Casio Longinos was the soldier who pierced the dead body of Christ with a spear, the sacred spear. His eyesight was impaired but he got cured when splashed by the gushing blood coming out of Jesus wound. Converted to the faith he went on a pilgrimage carrying a metal cup, containing the blood, which is also known as the Holy Grial. You can see more pictures of the Passion Façade here and some more information in my previous post about the gates of this Sagrada Familia portal.

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Monday, May 8

Barcelona Forum: Open Spaces and Modern Design

Barcelona Forum: Open Spaces and Modern Design
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Strolling around the Barcelona Forum esplanade you immediately recognize the use of modern design and architecture applied to open spaces, oriented to a better functionality and visual stimulation. Notice how almost every object along this walk follows a suggested perspective. Even this bicycle seems to be running faster towards the horizon.

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Sunday, May 7

Heron City Barcelona: Shades and Colors

Heron City Barcelona: Shades and Colors
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This curious design caught my attention while visiting Heron City Barcelona, a modern complex combining shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and a tower hotel. See picture gallery at their website. Heron City Center is next to a brand new El Corte Inglés (major chain of stores in Spain), to Can Dragó municipal sports center and an old beautiful cemetery (yes, I know it is weird).

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Saturday, May 6

Hotel Arts: Accommodation in Barcelona

Hotel Arts: Accommodation in Barcelona
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Today I show you Hotel Arts. Built for the Olympics, it is a predominant building in the skyline of Barcelona and the beach area. A combination of luxury, modern design, and functionality gives this five star hotel a high rank in toplists all over the world. Recently you could see Harrison Ford or Mourinyo staying there. It was the place where Ronaldiño lodged when he came to Barcelona. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Arts Barcelona was designed by the notable architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill and it has 44 floors.
General Statistics for Barcelona Tourism year 2005
In 2005 there were 10.931.637 hotel stays, more than 49.235 hotel rooms and 5.052.766 visitors according to official figures.

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Friday, May 5

B from Barcelona

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Not very far from the city of Barcelona, near a town called Sant Feliu de Codines and while visiting Cim d'Àligues (the eagles peak) I took the classical kind of picture of bee roaming around flower. The group was listening to a detailed explanation on the habits of birds of prey and I went aside for some macros on the beatiful flowers in the vicinity. By now, you are wondering what this Cim d'Àligues is after all. It is a "centre created for the study, breeding, exhibition and free-flight of birds of prey" for educational purposes. A wonderful place that I recommend. Perhaps I´ll show a couple of shots some other day.

PS: Cim d'Àligues is in Barcelona province.

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Thursday, May 4

Barcelona People: Oh Happy Days!

Barcelona People: Oh Happy Days!
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What can be more recomforting than watching children play. Just for a little while set aside all your adult prejudice, your daily stress and sulkiness and try to remember where the joy of life really is!. Recall the old days when you were not thinking about the past or the future and all you cared about in this world was to run and laugh, to shout and have some fun. The snapshot was taken at shopping center La Maquinista. There are some distracting elements in the background but kids wouldn´t wait!

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Wednesday, May 3

Barcelona People: Pride

Barcelona People: Pride
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Today I didn´t feel in the mood for color. I thought a little try at B&W would be just fine and what is better than people for this purpose. On the bus from work bored as hell on my half an hour ride, I was playing with my camera and caught the expression of proudness in this lady's face. I think I will start taking pictures of people every once in a while, people from Barcelona of all kind. Wish me luck, I'm too shy!

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Tuesday, May 2

Barcelona Forum Reflections

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While walking at the Barcelona Forum building premises I spotted this square reflective light shaft. The chaotic geometric figures that it casts still surprise me. At first, I did not notice the noise caused by the pedestrian protection fence in the image that finally turned out to be an extraordinary reference point to get a much better idea about distorsion. Some more information about this place can be found in my previous post: The Forum Building

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Monday, May 1

My Own Piece of Sky for Free

My Own Piece of Sky for Free
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This is what I sometimes see from my window. At this time of day everything seems magical and the clouds adopt different shapes perfect for a nice picture. The view is what I call my private piece of sky, but of course you are free to share it with me!

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