We are too busy walking the crowded streets of Barcelona and ogling its stunning architecture and sitting in its terraces eating tiny fried fish and drinking cava to be able to write much. As well, we are fielding emotions around some ugly family fallout over Paul's decision to continue our holiday plans, despite his father's death. I will say no more about that except that we are immersing ourselves in beautiful distraction. Here, I will show you what I mean. . .
This is the kind of thing you will see for free, walking the streets of Barcelona. Amazing, si?!
I am a huge fan of the broad leafy avenues that Mediterranean cities do so well . . .
And how beautifully and crazily ornate are these bench-lamp standard combos?
The eye is drawn in every direction, but one must look up, always. . .
Especially because this is a city that can really do rovoes well. . .
But one should look down as well, to the beautifully decorated sidewalks, on which the shadows also trace a mysterious intricacy
Catalan people are obviously proud of their city and their culture, and flags are everywhere . .
And succulent colours . . .
And wrinkled linen . . No, no, that's just me, at the Parc Guell, getting ready for some Gaudi viewing. . .
Oh, I brought along a few friends. . . I think some of them cheated and took the bus or subway, though. Pater and I hiked up from the city in the hot sun. All worth it, though, because I got to bring you all these photographs. which, by the way, I took with my iPad mini, having forgotten to put the memory card back in my regular camera. So I was one of those goofy people I used to mock, holding up my unwieldy ipad to take snapshots. And it worked, so I may continue to be such a goofy being. We'll see . .
Better than having to climb back up with my "real" camera to capture this gorgeous view.
Or this pretty little house that Gaudi lived in. . .
Or these beautiful swathes of vegetation, rolling down the hillside . .
We only have two more days here, so we're trying to narrow down a list of musts. There's a whole Picasso museum and there's the Joan Miro museum and we haven't seen the Sagrada Familia yet or the Guell Palace. . . So really, I'd better get to it. thanks for all your lovely comments. . . .