Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rainy Day at Hotel Casa Fuster

Hotel Casa Fuster Door

Hotel Casa Fuster in Barcelona, works night and day, come rain or shine, to guarantee more than just the simple satisfaction of its clients. No wonder it is a 5 star, Grand Luxe Monument, member of the Leading Hotels of the World. In spite of that, the weather does not help sometimes, and employees have to make an extra effort to make guests feel at home. The picture is taken with a cellphone. 

Casa Fuster was finished in 1911 by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, whose works also include, Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Música. This door, was the entrance to the carriages in the house of Mr. Mariano Fuster i Fuster, an illustrious businessman from Mallorca, who gave this house as a wedding present to his wife

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tattoo Boom in Barcelona

I do not know when it started but tattoos, at least beautiful tattoos, are growing exponentially in the city of Barcelona as well as the shops offering this service, of course. I cannot go technical here I am afraid, being a total ignorant in these matters. Some I love, some I hate. I guess it is the blend of the artist with the person that carries them, what makes it a perfect result.

On one of my walking tours around the narrow streets of the Gothic quarter I spotted a couple of subjects to illustrate my point. The moment is what I am most interested in when it comes to street photography so I let you judge about the quality of the artists and the adequacy of the carriers.

Here is an article I found useful if you want directions and advice about tattoos: Where to get a tattoo or a piercing in Barcelona

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Looking For Photography Inspiration Then Here Is Where To Find It

Taking pictures, having a love for photography or simply using it as a hobby is a wonderful experience to have. It enables you to capture memories, feelings and even specific thoughts during snapshots of time. However, sometimes it can be hard to find the inspiration to take the pictures and take your camera out. Just like writers can struggle with writer's block, photographers can still feel a similar mental block on the inspiratory side of things. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can find it again.

It’s all around you

Let’s be honest, you shouldn’t really have to step too far from your place to find some form of inspiration. It can be anywhere. You may find it in nature, in the countryside. The weather could cause a flash of inspiration or even head into the city. Try and look at normal aspects of life. The daily commute, people walking, the quiet of the country and open spaces of fields and hills. Look at them from a different point of view and spot the beauty in everyday things and ways of life. Doing this simple trick can often spark some form of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing once more. 

It’s in the things you love

Sometimes you can find the inspiration in the things you love. It might be a particular room in your home that you enjoy spending time in, the way the light enters into a space or hits your garden at a certain time of the day. It could even be in the hobbies you enjoy to do besides photography, the food you cook, the books you read. Take some time out to enjoy the other things you love in your life, and you may find your inspiration returning sooner than you thought. 

You might find it online

Often heading to websites like Pinterest can be enough to ignite some inspiration. But if you are still trying to find a new direction or creativity then why not check out some popular photography blogs like my own. Websites like FujiUser, or similar, who share not just photographs, but their thoughts and ramblings alongside them. Some blogs and sites share tips and platforms like Instagram share daily photo challenges. Sometimes these things are enough to get you snapping away again.

Just keep snapping

Sometimes you just need to snap away and see what comes out after a session. What you thought might not have inspired you at the time, could have turned into a pretty epic photo.

It’s with the people you care about

Finally, we have discussed finding inspiration in the things you love and the places you like to be, but too often you just need to spend time with the people you love and care about to find some inspiration. Take pictures of your children or loved ones, observe them and see what makes them happy or smile. Even just spending time away from the camera and with your family can inspire you moving forward.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trasmediterranea Ferries: Juan J Sister

Trasmediterranea ferry, Juan J Sister, maneuvers in the vicinity of Grand Marina Hotel (WTC Barcelona), in Barcelona harbor. The picture is taken from Montjuic mountain, a wonderful spot you should visit to really appreciate the beauty of the city. 

This company with a hundred years of history, operates a wide variety of routes in the Mediterranean sea. Since June 2017, Juan J Sister covers the route from Mahon harbor in Menorca to Barcelona. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Montserrat Aerial Cable Car or Aeri, the Door to a Magic Journey

Montserrat Aerial Cable Car

Opened in 1930, Montserrat aerial cable car or Aeri as it is called in Catalan, has long been one of the main attractions when it comes to visiting the impressive mountain range of Montserrat and its world famous monastery. Its secure structure has withstood the test of time including some damages during the Spanish Civil War.

At about 50 kms distance from Barcelona (an hour by car or 1 h 44 min by train from Plaça Espanya), the Aeri, will be the best start to a magic journey to the heart of the holy mountain that keeps the iconic figure of La Mare de Deu de Montserrat.

You can buy tickets online at Aeri de Montserrat official site.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mercat of Sant Antoni: Restored Market to Open in 2018

After 8 years of work, the remodeled Mercat de Sant Antoni is expected to be open to the public during the first months of 2018. With an important investment made by its own market stand owners and the local government, around 60 million EUR all in all, another jewel in the history of Barcelona, will be recovered in all its splendor. Do not expect it to be just like La Boqueria or at least that is the intention of the project that seems very concerned with the avalanche of tourists in Las Ramblas. The addition of more space, including two new squares plus the inclusion of a small museum (an archeological excavation site has unveiled part of the old city walls and Via Augusta) promise to make this 135 old market something more important than just a collection of stands. There will be 4 underground floors, two for parking lots, 1 for storage and 1 for commercial areas.

The origin of the Mercat de Sant Antoni is a remnant of the 13th century Mercat dels Encants, a marginal market outside the walls that was moved to Carrer del Consolat in 1850. In 1882, Rovira i Trias finished building the iron market, and there were almost no houses in its surroundings, the working class neighborhood of El Raval.

Monday, March 6, 2017

3, 2, 1, Queso!

It may seem like taking a photo is as easy as pressing a button on a camera, but therein lies the difference between a quick snap and art. Anybody can take a picture; children can do it, even a dog could probably do it if you trained it to. It’s not the action that captures the moment, but what the moment in itself is that you are capturing; it’s what you see behind the camera from your own eyes which is often the hardest thing for the camera to be able to interpret. Barcelona has within it everything that you could wish to capture on camera.

Where To Start

You don’t need a top of the range DSLR to get started - this will probably slow you down and put you off what you’re doing if you don’t understand what all of the different modes are and how they can be utilised within photography. You will need something that is a great example of an entry-level camera, such as a Nikon 3300D. If you bundle up and get a kit which includes the lens that you need to capture different scenes such as portraits and landscapes, you’ll be doing yourself a favour in the long-run as your passion grows (and it will grow fast!). Find some local photography workshops to attend to get yourself to grips with what you’ve got or are going to get. The best tips are learned from the experts, and you can then expand on these to suit you and your own shooting style. Everybody has their own different ways of taking a picture, just as everybody has a different approach to cooking, painting or driving a car; it’s your take on things which will make your photos personal to you. 

What To Shoot

Barcelona offers some of the best sights and buildings to practise your photography on. Palau de la Musica Catalana, the famous music hall, offers so many astounding and unique shots with natural light flooding through its big, open space. The stained glass windows filter through dapples of colours which in turn reflect off the furniture and decorations within the hall. If you prefer to shoot outside, walk along and take in all of Gaudi’s fantastic architecture which adorns the city. The free movement of the lines of his buildings is unlike anything anywhere else in the world, and with so many angles to aim, there is sure to be a shot within your camera’s memory that you have taken that hasn’t been captured by anyone before. Especially with the continual work of La Sagrada Família expecting to last another 20 years, there is always going to be something new to snap. From buildings you can then move on to people; street art is a fascinating subject, and no more so than on the streets of Barcelona. Be sure to keep it as natural as possible and capture people as they are going about their day-to-day lives. A picture tells a thousand words

Friday, March 3, 2017

Nocturne Carnival Thoughts in Some Barcelona Bar

Carnival in Barcelona or in any other part of the world is not just parading and dancing like a wild animal in costumes. Carnival is an attitude, a change of look, a detachment from the usual you and in a way, a special opportunity to release the inner child that still dwells in there somewhere. This girl wearing strange glasses and big flowers in her hair in the most pure bailaora de flamenco style and with reminiscences of La Martirio, has a cool glamorous something under the mysterious lights of the Carnival night and is indeed a good example of what I meant.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

India to Barcelona made easy

A lot of Indians are now traveling to Europe for their holidays, and Spain is one of the top destinations on their list for its beautiful beaches, wonderful architecture and lovely people. No holiday to Spain is complete without visiting Barcelona and Madrid. One of the cheapest options available from India is to book a tour by Yatra using coupons from

A typical tour is 5-6 days long and currently costs approximately 2000 USD per person. The tours commonly start with a 2 days in Madrid to visit Golden Triangle of Art, Cibeles Palace and Fountain, Royal Palace of Madrid. However people like to spend more time in Barcelona for its rich architecture and beauty.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Barcelona Holidays 2017: Some Good Reasons to Visit Us!

2016 is about to expire, disappear, vanish from our lives forever and ever and we will set eyes on the future that lies ahead like we and all human race have been doing from eons ago. We decide that maybe the next year, always considering the kind of calendar you use, all of our dreams may fulfill. Yearning for a blissful tomorrow is wonderful to shape up your optimism but if you do not take some preliminary steps that pave the way for it to really happen then everything will be as uncertain as the wheel of fortune or some cheap charade.

Not everyone has the same kind of dreams or plans, but traveling to other countries is the best choice to radically clearing up the background images behind your monotonous ordinary life. Barcelona might be the perfect destination awaiting to color your world next year. A city that will never disappoint you, not because I say so and live here, but because of lots of good reviews received daily online and in the streets. It is true that petty theft is alarmingly growing, and so you should take every precaution to see it coming, it is true that we have big crowds of tourists in the downtown area, well, like in Rome, Paris or any other major city, but there are numerous good reasons to 'take the risk':)

Things like the mild Mediterranean weather and the beautiful beaches should shift the balance in our favor

but of course, that is not enough. Our strong point besides the beautiful waterfront, the mountains, the two rivers, the wonderful nightlife, the excellent food, the affordable prices, the kindness of the people, the efficient services of architecture. Arts and culture is what we are really good at.

There many ways to explore the richness of Barcelona while you are planning your future visit or once you are already here with us. Travel guides have always been among the best resources that may be useful to you but nothing like a good interactive guide of Barcelona like the one Avis has created to discover the best local hotspots and guarantee that you do not miss a thing, or better said, that you find the real thing.

Perhaps you should take a glimpse at my modest work throughout these years to get a small tapa of our city and then take a fantastic city break by ordering your main course: Barcelona Holidays 2017

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