Barcelona Photoblog: May 2010

May 31, 2010

Building at Carrer del Triangle and Carrer del Rec, El Born, Barcelona

Building at Carrer del Triangle and Carrer del Rec, El Born, Barcelona

Here in Barcelona, we could say we have our own Flatiron building in El Born at the intersection of Carrer del Triangle and Carrer del Rec figuratively speaking of course. Here you can appreciate this triangular building in Earth view at Google maps.

May 28, 2010

Gracia Quarter Streets

Gracia Quarter Streets [enlarge]

Some Barcelona quarters have a certain aura, some kind of mood. That atmosphere can be perceived even in individual streets taken out of context, with no extra reference, just by taking a quick look, if you have been in that neighborhood before of course. The combination of architecture, people clothes or even the way light falls upon its streets due to their orientation towards the Sun, the amount of trees, or how high its buildings are, may be relevant to determine what part of Barcelona we are talking about in just a wink. And this one is...Gràcia, of course.

May 27, 2010

Hanging Market Scale in Small Barcelona Shop

Hanging Market Scale in Small Barcelona Shop [enlarge]

Hanging market scale in small Barcelona shop next to Mercat de l'Abaceria in Travessera de Gràcia. The open maize ears, those corn cobs decorated with their own husk as well as the sifters on the wall really grabbed my attention. I would say this was mostly a grain shop judging by the content although the onions would be really out of place.

May 24, 2010

Egg Stand, Travessera de Gràcia Market, Barcelona


An egg stand at Mercat de L'Abaceria aka Travessera de Gràcia market in Barcelona. There was a very similar post about another egg stall in La Boqueria. I think both are quite attractive and you really feel like buying dozens of eggs thanks to their imagination and good taste.

May 19, 2010

Sitting on Plaza del Sol, Barri de Gracia, Barcelona

Plaça del Sol, Barri de Gràcia, Barcelona [enlarge]

Not that sitting on the floor on public places like squares is big news but in Gracia quarter for some reason it is almost the usual thing to do. Not that everyone there is a hippie or an "alternativo". Not that all of them are tourists that couldn't care less about local good manners. Possibly not that there's an evident lack of urban furniture to accommodate everybody. The fact is, it is a concoction, a sweet blend, of all that plus an extra additive of cultural engagement and adaptation to the Gracia environment, a living organism that models up its neighbors according to its historical background. In a certain way, that's the good thing about this part of town. Gràcia is a multicultural melting pot with a passion for art, for culture and social cohesion.

May 18, 2010

Fish Monger Stand: Sea Breams at Abaceria Central Market, Barcelona, Spain

Fish Monger Stand: Sea Breams at Abaceria Central Market, Barcelona, Spain  [enlarge]

After a rather brief existence this is how it all came to an end. Yep, this is me, an innocent sea bream lifelessly lying somewhere in a Gracia market fish monger stand. It didn't have to be this way, I could have avoided those fishermen and so I wouldn't be here looking at you with such cold fishy eyes. They want to eat me and they don't even know my name. Well, they have this stupid habit of giving names to stuff, so they wonder if I am a gilt-head sea bream, a common dentex or a black sea bream. My friends used to call me porgy although I always preferred, fish, just fish.

May 16, 2010

Bicing Bicycle Station, Passeig de Lluís Companys, Barcelona

Bicing Bicycle Rack, Passeig Lluís Companys, Barcelona [enlarge]

A very common image in Barcelona city nowadays, that of a Bicing station with the usual rack of bikes. This one in particular is the one on the right side of Arc de Triomf monument at Passeig de Lluís Companys. I found the perspective kind of interesting so I thought of sharing it with you. Nice weekend!

May 14, 2010

Flamenco Fusion Dancer, La Barceloneta, Barcelona

Bailora de Flamenco - Flamenco dancer at La Barceloneta

Dancing to the sound of a small flamenco fusion group, here is an artist caught in the very act of expressing her passion with her body. I took several pictures and it was difficult to decide which one was the most dramatic and evocative. I think her frown, her concentration and the hands up in the air finally made me choose this one. The bailaora was really more beautiful in other shots but I preferred to show her wrath, strength and plasticity. This took place at Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta.

Update: Barcelona Photoblog's picture "Legs" has been selected in Photo Friday - Noteworthy section as part of weekly challenge called "Sexy". Thanks so much to all voters and to Photo Friday for the opportunity!

May 12, 2010

Estació de França: Barcelona's Most Charming Railway Station

Estacio de Francia or French Station railway station in barcelona spain

Estació de França or Estación de Francia (France Station) is a magic place for architecture enthusiasts.

As seen from La Ribera quarter on the other side of Marques De L'Argentera avenue the place looks rather dull and does not give you any clue of the beauty inside.

The moment you walk under its gates the light coming through the stained glass both in the domes and walls gently falls on the polished marble floors creating this mysterious soothing church-like atmosphere quite pleasant if you are about to travel. In fact, I felt like skating across the hall in the way a child would do.

The elaborate modernist and art deco motifs and specially those metal spheres hanging from a sort of ring tied to the domes are a pleasure to the eye.

Although the railway station has been there since 19th century the building was rebuilt in 1929 for the International Exhibition by renown Spanish architect Pedro Muguruza who held important positions in Francisco Franco's dictatorial government but that's part of another story.

Soon (not necessarily tomorrow) I will post some details of the ceiling and the train platforms.

Check La Ribera quarter and Estació de França on Google maps.

May 10, 2010

Art on Exterior Wall Panels, Barcelona

Art on Exterior Wall Panels, Barcelona [enlarge]

After a building is demolished it leaves behind traces of old rooms and partitions in houses next to them. Many times the unpleasant view can be avoided with exterior wall panels of assorted materials. If on top of them you add some colorful samples of art, an otherwise lousy corner may become a happy canvas to deter monotony.

May 09, 2010

Guided Bike Tours at La Barceloneta, Barcelona

Guided Bike Tours at La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

I am not a biker myself but I have to admit riding bicycles is fun and at the same time helps to alleviate dense traffic in modern cities. Barcelona is more and more bike friendly thanks to the zeal of local authorities. On the wake of such events, travel agencies and tour operators found a gold streak and started offering guided bike tours covering popular spots in Barcelona. Perhaps riding along La Barceloneta beach is one of the most rewarding tours. Other posts showing groups of bikers listening to their tour guide were: Bike Tours in Barcelona Waterfront and Guided Bike Tours in Barcelona

May 06, 2010

Romantic Gardens in Europe: Parc del Laberint, Barcelona

Parc del Laberint, Barcelona

Parc del Laberint d'Horta is not Versailles perhaps but it has its charm and it is amidst a very bucolic environment that is above all relaxing and ideal specially for tourists tired of stressing walks around the city. What can you find here? From the point of view of resorts, very little, in fact just a bar but from the point of view of art and beauty your spirit will gain in strength. There were other similar images in Barcelona Photoblog ,taken with a poor quality camera by the way, like: Labyrinth Park in Horta

May 05, 2010

Gracia Neighborhood: The Town Inside The City

Gracia quarter in Barcelona, Spain [enlarge]

As the title suggests the Gràcia quarter in spite of being a consolidated part of Barcelona city still makes you feel as if you were visiting the neighboring town it used to be back in early XIX when Eixample was just a plan in Ildefonso Cerdà's mind and there was nothing between them and the city behind walls (notice in this Wikipedia image the original urbanistic plan depicting the old city below, the symmetric blocks of future Eixample and the Gracia ville up north). Not that this is an external municipality anymore and its ways are not by any chance provincial in the pejorative sense of the word but the fact that most of its streets are pedestrian friendly, the fact that there is an intense small business activity, the fact life is so "extroverted" here, with neighbors spending more time on the sidewalks, on the squares, on the bar terraces than at home, really creates a comfortable, homy atmosphere that permeates your every pore upon trespassing its boundaries no matter which direction you are coming from. I hope this everyday scene adds up to what I wanted to convey in today's post.

May 04, 2010

Running Kid at Parc del Laberint, Barcelona

Running Kid at Parc del Laberint d'Horta, Barcelona [enlarge]

Parc del Laberint (Maze Park) in Horta is a romantic garden at the slope of Barcelona hills. The park, a very idyllic spot and highly recommended to our visitors, has been featured in Barcelona Photoblog in the past although I plan to show two or three new pictures soon. On our way to the exit my daughter Sara and I spotted this kid running against the fence full of flower vines. I told her that there might be a good capture there as she was carrying the camera. She pointed and took a whole series. This in my opinion was the best. Hope you like it too. Of course, that would make her very happy.

May 02, 2010

The Kid and the Skateboard

Kid and Skateboard [enlarge]

Although I am not pretty satisfied with the result I liked the scene. A boy wearing a FC Barcelona soccer jersey rides on a skateboard which is almost his size inside Travessera de Gracia market. Nice new week everyone!

May 01, 2010

Cheap Strawberries in Barcelona

Cheap Strawberries in Barcelona [enlarge]

A fruit stand in front of Travessera de Gracia market. Nothing out of the ordinary except that it was very cheap. Finding bargains while buying good fruit is not that easy in these times of crisis. It struck me they were selling such beautiful strawberries for just one euro/package. Other products such as mangoes or yellow melons were being sold at 1 euro per unit. I have to confess that I do all the shopping at the supermarket around the corner so findings like today's remind me of the advantages of a good morning walk near traditional markets.
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