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Barcelona is a city where you would miss quite a bit if you just looked straight ahead or at your feet. The city is known for its historic as well as modernistic architecture and there are surprises around every corner.

I don't know who the sculpture is supposed to be (reminds me of Cervantes) or what the building is but the combination of the modern and the old gives you and idea of how intermixed the styles are.
I don’t know who the sculpture is supposed to be (reminds me of Cervantes) or what the building is but the combination of the modern and the old gives you and idea of how intermixed the styles are.
The upper floors of the Musical Center of Catalunya,
The upper floors of the Musical Center of Catalunya,
Not permitted to take photos in the Picasso Museum but could not resist this spiral staircase.
Not permitted to take photos in the Picasso Museum but could not resist this spiral staircase.
This side wall of the modernized portion of the Music Hall almost appears to be etched into the brick.
This side wall of the modernized portion of the Music Hall almost appears to be etched into the brick.
Just a brief idea of what the column capitals look like on the music all building.
Just a brief idea of what the column capitals look like on the music all building.
Believe it or not this is a hotel and those elements protruding are supposed to be eyes and they are permanent.
Believe it or not this is a hotel and those elements protruding are supposed to be eyes and they are permanent.
The eyes (detail)
The eyes (detail)
Contrast between new and old near the Olympic (1992) facilities.
Contrast between new and old near the Olympic (1992) facilities.
"Gambrinus", by Javier Mariscal greets visitors coming to the waterfront
“Gambrinus”, by Javier Mariscal greets visitors coming to the waterfront
Roy Lichtenstein, "The Head of Barcelona", 1991
Roy Lichtenstein, “The Head of Barcelona”, 1991
Tower by the sea
Tower by the sea
Frank Gehry Goldfish designed and erected for the 1992 Olympics
Frank Gehry Goldfish designed and erected for the 1992 Olympics
A wire sculpture in a small plaza, could not find out who the artist is.
A wire sculpture in a small plaza, could not find out who the artist is.
A more traditional tile facade along Las Ramblas
A more traditional tile facade along Las Ramblas
Another interesting facade on Las Ramblas, notice the dragon protruding from the end.
Another interesting facade on Las Ramblas, notice the dragon protruding from the end.
The Agbar Tower can be seen from many places in the city.  It is not a sculpture, rather an office building and the exterior is meant to call water to mind, rippling and moving.  We keep missing it at night when it is all lit up and is supposed to look like a kaleidoscope. It is not in the historical center of the city rather in a technology hub.
The Agbar Tower can be seen from many places in the city, a gateway to the technology section of the city. It is not a sculpture, rather an office building and the exterior is meant to call water to mind, rippling and moving. We keep missing it at night when it is all lit up and is supposed to look like a kaleidoscope.  We passed it on our way out of town to Girona.

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