Barcelona Photoblog: May 2008

May 31, 2008

Maori Warrior at Port Aventura Amusement Park, Salou, Spain

Maori Warrior at Port Aventura Amusement Park, Salou, Spain [enlarge]

You know what maybe the tourist in last post was lucky after all. Maybe if you didn't dance dressed like that for the crowd you would receive severe punishment for such great dishonor and you would have to face this. The scary look and the menacing gestures of a maori warrior. Man, imagine landing on the beautiful island a long time ago and being approached by a group of such warriors performing the famous dance. Wow, now I know how it must feel before the rugby match.

May 30, 2008

Maori Girls Dancing With Guest in Port Aventura

Maori Girls Dancing With Guest in Port Aventura [enlarge]

This young man saved us all from being randomly chosen by these beautiful maori girls at Port Aventura Amusement Park in Salou, Spain. I mean, who hasn't dreamed of being on a desert island, surrounded by maori girls and all...but that doesn't mean you have to dress like a scarecrow for the joy of the crowd. Tourists!!!

May 29, 2008

Masks, The Mystery of Carnivals

Carnival masks in Barcelona

This one has a halo of mystery and fantasy. I chose to leave it pretty dark to concentrate just on the masks. It is not carnival anymore but I forgot to post it when I had to. Never is too late for beauty though. Looking for more? Check more pictures of the Catalan Carnival in Barcelona:

May 28, 2008

Narrow Alley

Narrow Alley [enlarge]

A narrow alley in the old part of town. I think it can be El Raval but I am not sure. As you see it was winter when I took this photograph.

May 26, 2008

Sausage Closeup

Sausage Closeup [enlarge]

This is just that, a closeup. A sausage so close you can feel the smell and you only have to stick out your fork and pick it up.

May 25, 2008

Small Lake in the Afternoon, Ivars, Lleida


This is the newly recovered lake or pond at Ivars, Lleida. It had been dried up during Franco's dictatorship and now it has been flooded again to bring back the original flora and fauna.

May 24, 2008

May 19, 2008

Almond Flowers

Almond Flowers and activities around almond tree blooming

Almond Flowers: A Botanical Delight

Nature has gifted us with an abundance of breathtaking sights, and one such marvel is the delicate and enchanting almond flower. Almond trees, scientifically known as Prunus dulcis, belong to the Rosaceae family and are native to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. These stunning blossoms announce the arrival of spring, transforming vast landscapes into beautiful tapestries of white and pink hues.

The almond tree's blossoming season is a magical time, typically occurring in late winter or early spring, before the emergence of leaves. As the winter chill gives way to the gentle warmth of the sun, the almond trees awaken from their dormant state. The flowers burst forth, adorning the branches with clusters of soft, fragrant petals. It is a sight that evokes a sense of joy and anticipation, symbolizing the rejuvenation and renewal of nature.

Almond flowers are small, measuring only about an inch in diameter, and possess a five-petal structure. These petals can vary in color, ranging from pure white to shades of pale pink. Each blossom showcases a vivid center, composed of a multitude of stamens and a single pistil. The stamens bear the pollen-producing anthers, while the pistil holds the ovary, which eventually develops into the almond fruit.

The scientific name of the almond flower is Prunus dulcis var. dulcis, and it is closely related to other members of the Prunus genus, including cherries, peaches, and plums. This shared lineage is evident in the similarities in their flower structure and the overall appearance of the trees.

Almond trees have a rich history and are deeply intertwined with the culture and heritage of many regions. One such place where almond trees hold a special significance is Catalonia. The gentle Mediterranean climate and fertile soils of Catalonia provide an ideal environment for almond cultivation, making it one of the prominent almond-producing regions in Europe.

The almond blossoms are not only visually stunning but also play a crucial role in the pollination process. Bees and other pollinators are drawn to their nectar and pollen, ensuring the cross-pollination necessary for the production of almonds.

The blossoming period of almond trees in Catalonia typically occurs between January and February, marking the arrival of spring. It is a time of celebration, and local communities often organize festivals and events to honor the beauty and significance of the almond flowers. Visitors can immerse themselves in the exciting atmosphere, enjoying traditional music, dances, and local delicacies made with almonds. For example, in many towns of Lleida numerous activities are organized around almond trees in bloom. Check this interesting blog with pictures at Les Garrigues, Lleida.

The next time you witness the gentle embrace of almond blossoms, take a moment to appreciate the intricate beauty and botanical marvels they represent.

May 16, 2008

Cirque du Soleil - Alegria

Cirque du Soleil - Alegría

Alegria: A Mesmerizing Journey into the Enchanting World of Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil, renowned for its breathtaking acrobatics, stunning visuals, and awe-inspiring performances, has captivated audiences worldwide for decades. Among its many captivating shows, Alegria stands out as a timeless masterpiece that combines artistic prowess, theatrical storytelling, and unparalleled acrobatic feats.

In this article, we will delve into the magical world of Alegria and explore the mesmerizing experience that has enchanted audiences for years.

Unveiling Alegria:

Alegria, which means "joy" in Spanish, is a Cirque du Soleil production that made its debut in 1994. Created by director Franco Dragone, the show has been performed across the globe, captivating millions with its unique blend of circus arts, theater, and music. Alegria tells a captivating story that explores the human condition, the struggle between power and weakness, and the eternal quest for happiness.

Storyline and Themes:

Set in a whimsical, dreamlike universe, Alegria takes the audience on a journey through a fantastical realm inhabited by a cast of extraordinary characters. The show's narrative revolves around the character of the Innocent, who embarks on a quest for self-discovery and seeks to reclaim the essence of joy that has been lost in a world dominated by power and corruption. Throughout the performance, Alegria explores timeless themes such as love, power, transformation, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Acrobatics and Artistry:

At the heart of Alegria lies Cirque du Soleil's signature acrobatic prowess. The show features a remarkable ensemble of world-class performers, each exhibiting exceptional strength, agility, and precision. From breathtaking aerial acrobatics to gravity-defying contortionists, the artists push the boundaries of human capability, leaving audiences in a state of sheer wonder and amazement. Alegria's choreography seamlessly blends acrobatics with dance, creating a visually stunning display of artistry that leaves a lasting impression.

Spectacular Visuals and Soundscapes:

In true Cirque du Soleil fashion, Alegria boasts a mesmerizing visual spectacle. Elaborate costumes, vivid sets, and imaginative props transport the audience into a vibrant and surreal world. The show's design reflects a fusion of historical influences, contemporary aesthetics, and whimsical flair, immersing spectators in an otherworldly experience. Complementing the visual feast is a rich musical score composed by René Dupéré, featuring a mix of haunting melodies and high-energy rhythms that perfectly enhance the emotional depth of the performance.

Legacy and Impact:

Alegria's impact on the world of entertainment cannot be overstated. The show has been seen by millions of people across the globe, earning critical acclaim and numerous awards. Its success paved the way for Cirque du Soleil's continued evolution and expansion, firmly establishing the company as a trailblazer in the realm of circus arts and live performances. Alegria's timeless themes and artistic brilliance have resonated with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, leaving a lasting impression and a sense of joy that transcends cultural boundaries.

Alegria stands as a testament to the innovative and transformative power of Cirque du Soleil. Through its captivating story, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and spellbinding visuals, the show takes audiences on an enchanting journey that leaves them inspired, moved, and filled with a renewed sense of wonder. Alegria's enduring legacy serves as a reminder of the profound impact that art and creativity can have on our lives, inviting us to embrace the joy and magic that can be found in the extraordinary.

May 11, 2008

Sardana Dancers

Big Sardana Circle of Elderly Dancers

Dancing in front of Barcelona Cathedral is traditional in Barcelona. This kind of folk dance is called Sardana.

May 10, 2008

Sardanas at Barcelona Cathedral

Sardanas: A Traditional Catalan Dance

Elders gather in front of Barcelona Cathedral to engage in a traditional Catalan dance called Sardana.

May 04, 2008

May 01, 2008

Tango Dancers II, Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain

Tango Dancers, Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain [enlarge]

I am not too talkative today and besides an image sometimes speaks for itself. You all know what tango is. I only have to say that you can watch dancers like this couple at Las Ramblas in Barcelona. By the way this is the second time they appear in my blog, see the previous snap which is very similar although less contrasty: Tango Dancers in Las Ramblas I

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