Friday, April 24

Sant Jordi, A Book, A Rose and Lot of People

Sant Jordi, A Book, A Rose and Lot of People [enlarge]

First of all allow me to congratulate the publishing houses, the book sellers, the florists, the illegal flower mongers for the success. Today I decided to visit the book stands scattered along La Rambla de Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia. It was hot in Barcelona. A beach day. The first very hot day of the year. Fortunately I took my Coolpix instead of the big one. My back was sweating under the backpack. People shoving me all the time. When Sant Jordi comes, you are supposed to buy a book and give away flowers. I couldn't concentrate on the books. I finally bought a small one on digital photography but once I got home, in the nearest bookshop. I did the same with the flowers. It is a real nuisance for me to buy the flowers early in the morning and carrying them around all day till I get home and handle them to my wife and daughter. Why would I do that if I have a florist a block away from home! Oh, no, tradition is tradition and people enjoy some sacrifice. There were authors dedicating books and long lines of people waiting. This year I noticed different flowers. Many red roses were painted or tinted with some blue imitating FC Barcelona colors. Others were strange like these wire flowers.

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Blogger deborah said...

has been hot here too -
great photos, carlos! i was bragging on your blog to some people in vermont - esp the market views of fish & olives - yum!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

hi, I found you through city daily photo. I'm in NZ but I have spanish ancestry though and I"m enjoying looking at the photos of your country :-)

11:39 AM  
Blogger Madalin said...

Fortunately I was also there on April 23rd, bought my wife a rose, bought myself several books, mainly on Photography from La Central, struggled to take photos in the crowd. Indeed a beautiful sunny day, the vibe of the city was amazing.

3:49 PM  

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