Barcelona Photoblog: September 2006

September 30, 2006

Eagles Peak or Cim d'Aligues near Barcelona

Girl Holding Eagle at Cim d'Aligues near Barcelona

Back in May, in my post B from Barcelona, I explained what Cim d'Aligues natural reserve was (a "centre created for the study, breeding, exhibition and free-flight of birds of prey"), but I didn't get to publish any photo showing the birds, except for the ones you could see if visiting the official site link. Today I present you with two shots: one of the girls in charge of the animals holding an eagle and a vulture in this other photo.

September 29, 2006

Tibidabo Amusement Park, Barcelona: Airplane

Tibidabo Amusement Park, Barcelona: Airplane

Now that we are in Tibidabo (check last post) let's take a look at one of the most traditional attractions, the airplane. Located over the cafeteria, it goes round and round monotonously since 1928, stopping at night of course. One of the most boring of them all and yet surrounded by a halo of classic style, like a collector's toy. Here is a closer Tibidabo plane photograph against the sky. I thought a slight view of the balcony projecting over the city would make a better shot than just plain sky.

Barcelona Hotel nearby: Gran Hotel La Florida, (the picture I took)

September 28, 2006

Magic Mirrors at Tibidabo: Self Portrait

Self Portrait at Tibidabo, Barcelona

As I felt like posting people today, particularly kids, I decided to pick up this picture taken back in June and the sequel to a similar image published then: Tibidabo Park: Kids in the Magic Mirror. I think I invaded the scene enough this time, so why not call it "self portrait", me in the back and the kid we all have inside in front, or is it the other way around?. Trivia: These distorting mirrors are called literally "haha" mirror in Chinese (thanks Lisi).

Google Maps Barcelona, Spain: Tibidabo Amusement Park.

September 27, 2006

Santa Maria del Mar Church: Barrio Gotico, Barcelona

Santa Maria del Mar Church Barcelona

And now for a little change, we deviate our attention from concrete to marble and old mossy stones. Today I leave you with a front view of Santa Maria del Mar church in Barri Gotic. One of the most representative buildings of Catalan Gothic. Looted during Spanish Civil War, it features a sober but beautiful interior. This is a review by Fodor's Travel

Google Maps Barcelona: Santa Maria del Mar Church in Barri Gotic

September 26, 2006

The Three Chimneys in Sant Adria del Besos, Barcelona

Three Chimneys in Sant Adria del Besos, Barcelona

During the first decades of the XXth century, Sant Adria del Besos in Barcelona, was populated with huge industries such as FECSA's thermoelectric plant. Its remains are known as the Three Chimneys, and they are a sad landmark, part of Barcelona's skyline.

Situated on the left bank of river Besos, facing the sea, they witness the fast growing buildings rising next to them, including a marina which is already built and there is a debate on whether to destroy this testimony from the past or to remodel them for sentimental reasons. At present they are in very bad state but make a splendid subject for some industrial pictures.

The three Fecsa chimneys can be seen from almost every elevated point in Barcelona and are quite near to the forum on one side or Badalona beaches on the other. Check this other image with only two of them but taller.

September 25, 2006

Romanic Hermitage at Sant Miquel del Fai, Barcelona

Sant Martí Hermitage at Sant Miquel del Fai_Barcelona

This is the Romanic hermitage of Sant Martí at Sant Miquel del Fai. It was not shown in my previous posts (Bell Detail, Priory House and Sant Miquel Del Fai Cliffs) about this fantastic natural park near Barcelona so I thought I might exhibit it in my photoblog along with this kid playing football. He got in the way and saved my boring picture about ancient religious buildings in Catalonia.

September 24, 2006

Theater Institute in Barcelona

Theater Institute in Barcelona

The Theater Institute of Barcelona or Institut del Teatre, designed by architects Ramon Sanabria and Javier Comerón, is an eleven storey high building, four of which are underground and houses the four schools attached to the centre, the Dramatic Art College, the Professional Dancers' Training College, the College of Performing Arts Techniques, and the Secondary School for Dancers in Training plus a documentation centre and the Museum of Performing Arts. The Chinese dragon and musicians are part of the activities organized during last Asia Festival 2006.

Google Maps Picture of Theater Institute or Institut de Teatre in Barcelona

September 23, 2006

Theater City: Teatre Lliure, Mercat de les Flors, Institut del Teatre

Teatre Lliure in Barcelona

Theatre City or La Ciutat del Teatre is a cultural space integrated by three buildings: Teatre Lliure (the one you see in the image), Mercat de les Flors and the modern Theater Institute. If you remember my post titled Fountains at Montjuic: Passeig de Les Cascades in Barcelona from Sept 19th, this complex is located at carrer Lleida, near Paralelo avenue. The three emblematic buildings face Margarita Xirgu square which you can see in the photograph above. 

As a result of the 1929 International Exhibition some buildings were built on the slope of Montjuic mountain, like the Palau de l’Agricultura, where Mercat de les Flors (see this other picture), and Teatre Lliure are. The Theater Institute is a relative new building dating from 2000, with a surface area of 20.000 sq. meters.

September 22, 2006

Barcelona Street Artist: Living Statue

Street Artist at Las Ramblas de Barcelona: Living Statue

This Barcelona street artist, posing as a living statue is not giving the serious, stern, hardened by a thousand battles kind of look, oh no, he was really fed up with my pictures.

Minutes later and without previous warning, he turned his back on me and sat down for his lunch break. The irascible mood perfectly matches the character though.

As you know there are many living statues like this along Las Ramblas, and some of them have been captured in my previous posts and pictures.

Here is my list of Barcelona Street Artists: Living Statues for you to browse

  • Caesar and Man in Flower Costume
  • Miner
  • Bicycle and Skeleton
  • Cowboy and Tourist
  • Winged Centaur
  • Winged Golden Man in Smoking
  • Chinese Warrior
  • Fat Woman
  • Paella
  • Man Holding Lamp Post
  • Caesar
  • Winged Man with Kids
  • Cowboy

  • Google Maps picture of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain

    September 21, 2006

    Parc del Laberint or Laberynth Park in Horta, Barcelona

    Parc del Laberint or Laberynth Park in Horta, Barcelona

    This is not the first time you see Horta Laberynth Park or Parc del Laberint. It appeared in this photoblog by mid April 2006 as Get Lost in the Green Maze of Horta or Grotto of Echo and Narcissus at Laberint d'Horta. Those were small size images so I hope you enjoy a little bit more this time. In the photograph you can see a fountain and a father with his daughter, taking some rest at the intersection of the labyrinth's paths. I was standing on a balcony that overlooks the maze and from which people use to tell lost explorers the right way to take. Right below me, is the statue of Echo and behind my back the rest of the park, which is a romantic garden with a lot of history, some comfortable nooks and many sculptures to admire.

    The park is on the slope of a hill in Collserolla mountains at the upper part of the city. You can get there taking Subway Line: Green (Stop: Mundet)

    A Google Maps aerial picture of Parc del Laberint in Horta, Barcelona.

    September 20, 2006

    Monjuic Magic Fountains and Plaza España: Panoramic View of Barcelona

    Plaza España as seen from MNAC in Montjuic Barcelona

    This panoramic view of Monjuic Magic Fountains and Plaza España is the perfect match to what you can see from Sacré-Coeur basilica in Montmartre, Paris or at least I got that impression when I visited this country back in August. Remember yesterday's post? Well, this time you take the elevators or climb up the stairs all the way up and rest for a while at the entrance of National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC). You will enjoy the architecture of Fira de Barcelona from there, or maybe you just sit and relax thinking about going back to the hotel for lunch, but don't forget to pick up your camera and freeze some Barcelona images to show your friends. This place is a must see, and behind the museum you have a full range of important places to visit. Remember that every Sept. 24th we celebrate La Mercè (patroness of Barcelona) just in front of these stairs, and that Montjuic Magic Fountains are fully illuminated for the occasion, not just with spotlights but by the light of a huge fireworks exhibition.

    Google Maps Image of Barcelona: Plaza España, Montjuic Magic Fountains, Fira de Barcelona, MNAC and Olympic Ring

    September 19, 2006

    Fountains at Montjuic: Passeig de Les Cascades in Barcelona

    Fountains and Staircase at Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain

    Once you take the elevators and get just below MNAC and Palau Nacional, follow the Passeig de les Cascades, that is, the path to your right or left and you will reach these recently restored staircases adorned with beautiful fountains and blue tiles hidden under the shadow of the trees. You will be really walking along the historic Eix dels Muntanyans (Mountaineers Axis or Way) built during the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and the first transversal avenue communicating palaces located East with western areas of the park and Poble Espanyol. So, where were we?, oh yes, I remember now, if you choose the left path, and you keep on going till the end you descend to carrer de Lleida where Teatre Lluire is (a coming post). Taking the opposite direction will lead you up to Montjuic Olympic Ring. Here is a wider picture including some more people. It was hard to decide which one to post so I included three photos. The last one, is taken from the distance where you can better appreciate the staircase.

    Aerial Picture of Fountains at Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain.

    If you are traveling to Barcelona soon or you are already in the city, try this fantastic list of Popular Things to Do in Barcelona provided by Virtual Tourist. Anything from Casa Mila to Barri Gotic or from Joan Miro to Nou Camp, you name it, concise and image illustrated.

    September 18, 2006

    Panoramic View of Barcelona: World Trade Center

    Panoramic View of Barcelona: World Trade Center

    Today, I present you with another shot taken from Montjuic of one of the wharfs at Barcelona port. Notice this enormous and luxurious hotel, with an exquisite design at the very end of the pier: it is the Barcelona World Trade Center, on the right side of the picture next to the cable car tower. I would recommend it if it weren't for the fact that it is not made for the pocket of common mortals like us, are you?
    Cruisers sailing the Mediterranean sea depart from the same wharf, what a coincidence!.

    September 17, 2006

    Panoramic View of Barcelona from Montjuic

    Panoramic view of Barcelona from Montjuic

    When in Barcelona do as the Barcelonians do: go, climb Montjuic mountain and take a look at the city from El Mirador del Alcalde or the Castle of Montjuic. If you are lucky and you pick up a bright fine day like this you surely won't regret it. That's Columbus monument in the middle (right under the helicopter) and Hotel Arts to your right. To the left, in the background, the omnipresent Agbar tower.

    September 16, 2006

    Modern Architecture: Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona

    Modern Architecture: Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona

    Here is another view of Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion, mentioned back in August in these two posts: Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona and Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe. You can admire the beautiful design of the Barcelona Chair from another angle here. I hope you enjoy the work of this renown German architect as much as I do. In case you didn't notice, this is the City of Barcelona flag.

    September 15, 2006

    Maremagnum: A Leisure Resort in Barcelona Port

    Maremagnum: A Leisure Resort in Barcelona Port

    As many fellow bloggers know, this is not my first post about Maremagnum, the leisure resort in Barcelona Port, so today I will concentrate on the image. As in previous photos taken at Port Vell water front, I chose reflections of the people at the cafeteria out in Maremagnum Shopping Center's terrace. I like the way in which the glass panels tend to distort the image creating optical illusion. To find out more examine my previous posts: Maremagnum Mare Nostrum Reflections, Escalators at Maremagnum in Barcelona, Spain, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay and specially Maremagnum Tourist Paradise. I think there are some more. I hope you enjoy them along with...

    September 14, 2006

    Tower at Barcelona Fair Venue near Montjuic

    Tower at Barcelona Fair Venues

    This small tower is part of Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona Fair) venue. Easily spotted at the foot of the elevators leading to MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia) in the Palau Nacional, these beautiful towers are on almost every corner of the palaces on each side of the staircase. If you climb up till the museum you will appreciate the little turrets better and enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona.

    The Fira of Barcelona compound exists thanks to the celebration of 1929 International Exposition (World's Fair) at the slope of Montjuic hill. From that time are: Palau Nacional, the famous Font Màgica fountains full of colors and firecrackers during La Mercé celebrations (September 24th), Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion (rebuilt), the Olympic Stadium (remodeled) or Poble Espanyol. Here is another picture of a different tower.

    September 13, 2006

    Sant Miquel del Fai Church near Barcelona: Bell Detail

    Old Bell at Sant Miquel del Fai Monastery Cloister

    How many times have this old bell tolled since medieval times?...Located at one of the walls along the corridor where the cloister of Sant Miquel del Fai Romanic church used to be, the bells (there are two) are silent witnesses of centuries of quietness and meditation under the cliffs that overlook river Tenes and neighbouring towns of Bigues and Riells.

    Check my previous post for more Sant Miquel del Fai information.

    September 12, 2006

    Sant Miquel del Fai near Barcelona: Priory House

    Sant Miquel del Fai near Barcelona: Priory House

    Sant Miquel del Fai is a natural park situated in a valley basin about 35 kms away from Barcelona. You can go there by bus or by car, and you have to pay for the entrance (6€ more or less). Besides the incredible view of caves, small waterfalls falling at river Tenes and the imposing sedimentary rock cliffs, it features the Romanic hermitage of Sant Martí already important by the IVth Century, the Sant Miquel Church buried inside a grotto and a monastery known as the Priory House (closer look), built upon an enormous legde in the mountain walls at the beginnings of the XVth Century. Because of the geological nature of the park, this zone is rich in Neolithic archeological findings, mainly remnants of Iberian settlements.

    Google Earth Satellite Picture of Sant Miquel del Fai near Barcelona.

    September 11, 2006

    Sant Miquel Del Fai Cliffs and Catalan Flag

    Sant Miquel Del Fai Cliffs and Catalan Flag
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    Today is September 11th and besides the sad anniversary of tragic events at twin towers in United States, Catalonia and Barcelona as a part of it, celebrate the National Day of Catalonia, called La Diada. Many Catalan flags hang up from balconies for the occasion so I chose this flagpole with La Senyera billowing over Sant Miquel del Fai, a natural park in the province of Barcelona with amazing views which I will show you in coming posts. Maybe you would like to know in advance what this place is: Sant Miquel del Fai. Find out more about La Diada.

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    September 10, 2006

    Wall Lamp at Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona

    Wall Lamp at Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona
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    Just next to the entrance of Happy Books (a nice bookstore at Paseo de Gracia), you find this admirable wall lamp, anonymously lighting your way and yet so ignored by passerbies unaware of its ancient beauty.

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    September 09, 2006

    La Pedrera: A Barcelona Landmark

    Front View of Casa Mila or La Pedrera by Gaudi

    Going for a walk down the city center I captured these tourists desperately taking pictures of La Pedrera, one of the most outstanding landmarks of Barcelona on Paseo de Gracia street.

    The sightseeing bus wouldn't stop so there was not much time to take a good snapshot of the modernist building at sunset.

    I took another photograph, this time with a modernist lamp post in the way.

    September 08, 2006

    Mesón del Café at Barri Gotic in Barcelona

    Mesón del Café

    In all good cities or towns there is always a place to drink a nice cup of coffee and Barcelona is no less: The Mesón del Café (Coffee Inn), one of the oldest coffee bars in Ciutat Vella, was inaugurated in the 50's by Antonio Peligros Callejas and its prestige has been recognized on many occasions by the local authorities. Conveniently located in one of the most visited parts of Barcelona, the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), the famous Cafe at carrer Llibreteria is a must for locals and tourists alike.

    Besides pastry or sandwiches, coffee, the main star, can be tasted in many different ways, but I would particularly suggest you try Cappucino and Picardía (a mixture of coffee, condensate milk and whisky). Of course there is much more to choose according to your taste. Check the map for location, or take down the address:

    Bar Cafetería Mesón Del Café
    Street: Llibreteria , 16 (not very far from Plaça Sant Jaume)
    Ciutat Vella, Barcelona

    Google Earth Map Image of Mesón del Café at Barri Gotic in Barcelona

    September 07, 2006

    Joan Miró: Woman and Bird (Dona i Ocell)

    Joan Mirò: Woman and Bird (Dona i Ocell)
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    Woman and Bird (1982) known in Catalan as Dona i Ocell was included in an old post of mine back in March, 2006 (Joan Miró: A Photo in Pastel). It was a time when I didn't know much about publishing large pictures. I think this sculpture well deserves a second chance. Notice trencadis work in red, yellow and blue or the sexual symbology invoking fertility and strength associated with ancient Mediterranean cultures. Miró as you know was a painter, a sculptor and a ceramist. Barcelona 1893 - Mallorca 1983, a life of creativeness and innovation. Not fond of being classified he was defined as a surrealist by many and had Dada influences as well, maybe because he believed in the art of automatism, that is drawing or creating in a state of unconciousness or hypnosis, maybe we would call it improvising now. Please complete this succinct information with Joan Miró, Surrealism and Dada at Wikipedia. And then with all that fresh knowledge visit these two magnific sites: Joan Miró Foundation and Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation in Mallorca.

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    Google Earth Map Image of Joan Miró Parc or Parc de l'Escorxador in Barcelona.

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    September 06, 2006

    Paper Sculpture on Subway Vent at Paseo de Gracia

    Paper Sculpture on Subway Vent in Barcelona
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    Walking along Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona I discovered this man reading and totally unaware of the marvelous paper sculpture billowing over a subway vent just like Marilyn's skirt in Seven Year Itch. The artist, roll in hand, smiles with complicity.

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    September 05, 2006

    Catalan Modernisme: Sant Pau Hospital's Ceiling

    Catalan Modernisme: Sant Pau Hospital's Ceiling

    Catalan Modernisme and Hospital de Sant Pau are also themes commented in previous posts that you can explore on this site. This is an old cellphone picture. 

    Gothic cross-vaulted ceilings used to house the administration department, kitchen and laundry in Sant Pau, not it is open to the public and patients were moved to the new hospital nearby.

    September 04, 2006

    Mirador at Pedraforca Massif

    Mirador at Pedraforca Massif

    Pedraforca as you know is not a new topic in my posts. This impressive massif was previously dealt with in Landscapes of Catalonia:The Pedraforca Massif, Landscapes of Catalonia: Pedraforca , Climbing the Pedraforca Massif: June Post and Climbing the Pedraforca Massif: July Post. Some landscapes will help calm down the stress these first days of September.

    September 03, 2006

    Santa Maria del Mar Church: Door Detail

    Santa Maria del Mar Church: Door Detail
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    This a small door at Santa Maria del Mar Church which you can find along a side street. Soon I will show you a couple of front pictures of this marvelous gothic church in Barcelona and a detailed explanation about its history.

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    September 02, 2006

    Frederic Marès Museum Garden at Barri Gotic in Barcelona

    Frederic Marès Museum Garden at Barri Gotic in Barcelona
    Gardens of  the Royal Palace of Counts of Barcelona (Frederic Mares Museum)

    This is an image of the garden in the old Royal Palace of Counts of Barcelona, at present Frederic Marès Museum.

    Going along the narrow streets of Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), Comtes de Barcelona street in particular, you find the stairs down this patio adorned with a beautiful fountain in the middle of exuberant orange trees.

    At the opposite end you find the entrance to the museum. Of course it is a recommended place to stretch your legs in the shade after a long walk in the old part of the city.

    Frederic Marès Museum holds the most important collection of Hispanic sculpture from XII to XIX in Spain.

    There's a fine collection of Romanesque and Gothic religious art.

    Last but not less, you shouldn't miss the fantastic exhibition of antique children's toys.

    September 01, 2006

    Sightseeing in Barcelona: Las Golondrinas

    Sightseeing in Barcelona: Las Golondrinas

    This is a picture I took at Barcelona Port just in front of Columbus Monument in which you can appreciate one of Las Golondrinas, sightseeing ships you can board to travel along the coast.

    For more information check the for tourist boat company address:
    "Las Golondrinas" - "Sirenas SA"
    Pl. Portal de la Pau, 1
    08002 - Barcelona
    Tel. +34 93 442 31 06

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