There inside the courtyard of the cathedral of Barri Gotic, is a well manicured plaza with tall trees, shrubs, and geese. There were a few women who came around to feed them. It was very sweet but the tranquility of the courtyard has a different ring to it when competing with the squaking of happy, hungry geese. But it was sweet of her to do so.
It seemed that there was always an abundance of cats in certain places. Especially at the Castell de Montjuic. But I soon discovered why that would be. There was a very pleasant and friendly man who comes there possibly everyday to work. I believe he is one of the security guards for the castle. He brings with him things for the dozen or so stray cats that hang about areound the fortified walls. It was very nice of him to do and they all seemed very happy to see him.
It is great to see local artists display some of their works. You may see a lot of this along Las Ramblas or even around the Barri Gotic cathedrals. It is at times very genuine and quite good. But all art is subject to many different opinions. There are many galleries in the Carrer Montcada and even some more modern local works on display and for sale near the Barcelona Cathedral. In fact Barcelona has so many areas that are picturesque you may feel as though you are walking through one.
I am not so sure what game this is that they are playing, maybe a version of Bacci Ball or lawn bowling. But during our trip in particular we were able to see quite a few men huddled around talking strategy and really concentrating on this game in particular. Great roars would be heard when something good was done and there was always the buzz of conversation.
What I really loved seeing is all the various groups of people walking the streets of Barcelona. Especially the parks. I loved seeing the well cultured members of Barcelona society getting together for walks or just conversation. It is nice to see that people take the time out to enjoy one another's company.
Seems like a large number of Barcelonians choose the motorcycle over the automobile. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. Not only is the motorcycle much more feul efficient (considering the cost of fuel in Europe, that is no laughing matter!), but the weather in Barcelona is generally mild all year so it makes for a perfect selection.
You will literally find these parked all over the city. If you can drive one, I might suggest renting one to explore the city. I don't drive them so I didn't try it.
The Mediterranean Sea has been vital to the people of Barcelona for centuries. Today, it continues to serve such a key role in the city's economic prosperity. Situated on the sea, Barcelona has several sea ports linking manufacturers and industrialists from around the world with the shops and merchants of Barcelona (and vice-versa). Numerous container ships come to port daily, and just as many leave. I have no doubt that this port-city serves great economic value to the European Union as it would be a key connection for ships coming from places like Central and South America, Africa, and other Mediterranean countries.
While the ships aren't the most aesthetically pleasing objects to look at (same goes for the ports), you can understand the significance of their purpose there. Montjuïc covers the view from most of the city so you would only see it if you went to visit Montjuïc. For a city that depends so much on the sea for the success of it's industry, commerce, and tourism, Barcelona is very fortunate to have situated itself in such a great location.
Visiting Park Guell, we encountered this group of people who has chosen the beautiful surroundings as a background for their wedding pictures. I am convinced that the late afternoon sun will add to the intimicy of their photo's.
I guess this park happens to be often the setting of these kind of activities.
One more time. Probabily you knows there's a specyal relationship with the catalans and Spain. And one more time, what means this for a traveler? Well, i think the most impotant is that you know if you ask or say something about tipical spanish things, you can notice a face disagree. That is because you are talking with a person who idenitify him self like a "first catalan". Nevertheless, if you speak with a person who identify him self like a "first spanish", probabily he (or she) will be glad to speak about flamenco and toros and all other things. How to know? Look and guess. Surely you guess what i am, for instance. But don't worry, is very difficult that this becomes a problem. Also, in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, you can find a lot of people who doesn't care about this.
The public opinion says: 30% catalans feel only catalans, 20% more catalan the spanish, 25% so catalan the spanish, 20% more spanish then catalan and 5% only spanish. More or less. Only keep in mind the double way: Catalans feel proud to keep our culture, but sad for haven't state and international recognition.
In the photo, the suposed moment when The king of catalonia "Guifrè el Pilòs" got the four bars like the future flag of Catalonia, thousend years ago.
Catalans have the unjust reputation of being cold and frigid towards outsiders. I find this not true. My closest friends are Catalans and they are the warmest people that i have ever met. One thing though, Catalans are spendthrifts and this is their reputation throughout Spain. This aspect is highly justified. It helps to know this when the person at the flea market is absolutely stubborn in his resolve not to grant you a bargain. Other than that everything is pretty much cool!
LIBELLE MIT ROTEN FLUGEIN, EINE SCHLANGE JAGENDBorn in Barcelona, Joan Miro studied art and later met Picasso. He had his first one-man show in Paris in 1929 and his first lithographs were published the same year. He later travelled to the United States and Japan producing works and exhibiting. From the seventies on, his focus was increasingly on monumental art and public works. He was considered one of the great artists of the twentieth century.
The inhabitants of Barcelona consider themselves very separate from the rest of Spain. They are Catalans (please correct me if I am wrong) and the area is called Catalonia. I believe the language is even slightly different from the rest of Spain. Anyhow, best not to lump the people of Barcelona in with all Spaniards, as this may ruffle some feathers.
Spanish people are great!
But,although they are a part of Spain,you have to know that people from Barcelona are extremly touchy about their nationality!
They are Catalans and they are very proud of their language.
So it would be very nice of you(and wormly admitted by them!) if you greeted them with 'Bon dia!' insted of 'Buenos dias!'!!!
And there's something else-if you don't like their football club'Barcelona',keep it to yourself!!!!!
Belive me,you do not want them to know that you like some other football club(especially'Real Madrid!!)