Odds and Ends


There were so many amazing things to see in Barcelona and as Jeff said it’s a lot like Paris though the people are a lot nicer.  Some things didn’t fit so well into a particular topic for a blog post so I’ve left them for one final collage of the city.

This mural by Picasso is in the cathedral square. It depicts a festival in Barcelona where people build human towers. Picasso refused to come to Spain during the reign of Franco so he sent the drawing to a friend who then executed it.
This mural by Picasso is in the cathedral square. It depicts a festival in Barcelona where people build human towers. Picasso refused to come to Spain during the reign of Franco so he sent the drawing to a friend who then executed it.
Barcelona used to be called a city with its back to the sea. That is because it was always an industrialized port which is still is. This was true until 1992 when the Olympics created beaches and a beautiful waterfront. There is only one mega hotel which looks rather funny compared to other beach locations. It is in the shape of a sail. Don't hold out too much hope the skyline will stay like this.
Barcelona used to be called a city with its back to the sea. That is because it was always an industrialized port which is still is. This was true until 1992 when the Olympics created beaches and a beautiful waterfront. There is only one mega hotel which looks rather funny compared to other beach locations. It is in the shape of a sail. Don’t hold out too much hope the skyline will stay like this.
There is quite a bit of sculpture along the waterfront probably also left from the Olympics.
There is quite a bit of sculpture along the waterfront probably also left from the Olympics.
Rebecca Horn
Rebecca Horn, “The Wounded Shooting Star”, 1992. Commissioned for the Olympics it is dedicated to the rebirth of Barceloneta, the run down fishing district that got new housing (from Olympic Village) and an upgrade.
Ball players
Juan Munoz, “A Room Where it Always Rains” 1992, five bronze figures imprisoned in a cage
This very quiet square has been the scene of a number of movies. The significance of the pock marks on the building are a reminder of the horrific Spanish Civil War that resulted in the destruction of Guernica and many believe helped lead to World War II.
This very quiet square has been featured in a number of movies. The significance of the pock marks on the building are a reminder of the horrific Spanish Civil War that resulted in the destruction of Guernica and many believe helped lead to World War II.
An example of Modernisme in a functional gate.  Note the Art Nouveau style typeface.
An example of Modernisme in a functional gate. Note the Art Nouveau style typeface.
This city is a feast for the eyes everywhere you look.
This city is a feast for the eyes everywhere you look.
Food as art: chocolate and candies
Food as art: chocolate and candies
Barcelona is home to many breeds of dogs but probably more bull dogs than any other. This gigantic confection is now resident in a fantasy of a coffee shop but used to live in a restaurant in Girona that was voted the best restaurant in Europe in 2013, now closed.
Barcelona is home to many breeds of dogs but probably more bull dogs than any other. This gigantic confection of one is now resident in a fantasy of a coffee shop but used to live in a restaurant in Girona that was voted the best restaurant in Europe in 2013, now closed.
Stained glass workshop where those working on various Gaudi restoration projects have worked.
Stained glass workshop where those working on various Gaudi restoration projects have worked.
Everyone can get into Flamenco dancing.
Everyone can get into Flamenco dancing.
Our final mean at 4 Cats, the restaurant that gave Pablo Picasso his first art exhibit.
Our final mean at 4 Cats, the restaurant that gave Pablo Picasso his first art exhibit.

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