Barca Part 2

Back to Barcelona now, if you don’t mind.  I’m slowly working through the mass of photos that we took, and applying some post processing effects to some of them.  There is no real theme to these posts, it’s rather like a wander around the city taking random snapshots.  I hope you enjoy.

Above is a shot of Jenny in the most wonderful book shop in Barcelona, which extended into many, many rooms full of books, including some English language versions, and a very impressive music section, featuring books about many punk and alternative bands [Husker Du biography, anyone?].  There were also lots of cool gift-type things and I bought my daughter a very nice little ipod sock.

Above – now a night shot.  This is a continuation of the walkabout in my last post, where we wandered through the Fiesta Major de Gracia – a whole district basically holds a massive street party lasting from lunchtime until…….whenever you feel like giving up.  This shot was taken under the customary canopy of rope lights that get hung the length of every street in the barrio.

Above – the same Fiesta, but in the early afternoon.  A major Domino tournament had clearly started, and the elderly participants took up tables and enjoyed the shade.  I got the impression that these gatherings [the tables were used later on for massive sit down meals] are actually for the people who live on that particular street, so it’s a little bit like a massive old-fashioned street party, the likes of which we used to get in England before people decided that it was both more profitable and more enjoyable to loot their local retail park of an evening.

Above: Returning from a trip to the beach.  Because Barcelona is a city adjoining the sea, you enjoy the rather surreal experience of being able to head off to the sand by underground train!  In the evening, the trains are packed with people carrying towels, beach bags and inflatables!  Fabulous!  The underground system is also cheap [ish], fast, reliable and most wonderful of all, air-conditioned.

By taking the underground, you can get to the Funicular railway that takes you up to Montjuc, a hilly district which contains the most beautiful gardens and affords views of the whole city as well as containing the Stadio Olympico, a massive stadium used for the Barcelona Olympics for which I believe we have the fascists to thank.  These flowers were commonplace, and look rather lovely.

Above: And finally for this installment, more of those lovely botanical gardens in Montjuc.  We’ll be heading back to the market for the next installment.

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