a man and his dog

i spotted
 this gentleman and his dog
 in the small park 
across the road
 from
 gaudi's basílica de la sagrada família
(photos of that will be up next week)

of course
 i asked permission




barcelona - orfeo catala

today's post
 is
 about
 just
 one of the things 
we did 
on
 day 3

thursday evening
on the way back to the apartment
 we stopped
 to
 get tickets
 for a tour 
of 
orfeó català
the exquisite 
music hall of barcelona
palau de la musica




























these are but a few of the photos i took
i hope you enjoyed them as much as i enjoyed taking them



barcelona - day 2

the morning began with a bus ride
from
portal de l'àngel



that's mary consulting the map



we were searching for a little piece of 
hidden barcelona
once a garrison
 now
 a library
 on
 the university of pompeu fabra campus

designed
 in
 1847 by joseph fontserà
40 years later
 a young architectural student
 named

it took us a long time to find the site
but we could find no entry so we gave up


along the way
 i spied
 this mama and her child dressed 
as
yes
a slice of bread



altho we'd bussed it out to the campus
we found the subway/metro 
to get back



our next stop 
was 
poblenou cemetery


i think 
that 
gentleman was tending to his wife's crypt
as you can see 
these are
 incredibly old
 some are far better maintained than others
but
 there's something about them
that makes you want to know more
about the lives of those no longer with us



can you see
 the bats
the skull and crossbones
there was no name
on the mausoleum

the statuary is so lovely so ancient
did you know i was a 
taphophile?



of course 
we had lunch
it was very windy
i was freezing


mary is the navigator on our adventures
here she's consulting the map
once again
to see the best way back


we took the bus

getting off to walk along 
avinguda diagonal
or 
house of spires
is
 an unbelievable piece of architecture



we wandered along ending up looking for a starbucks
i needed a caffeine fix
while i love espresso
it is not coffee

we found both
starbucks
and
these beauties
to the left is
casa amatller
to the right
casa del libro
yup
 another magnificent gaudy
side by side the sit on
passig de gràcia




as the sun set the lights came up



sometimes with a very long lens
one needs to get as far back as possible
if i not for that wall ... 


barcelona - day 1


last tuesday evening 
 my friend mary
 and
 i
 jetted across the ocean
 to
 the beautiful city of barcelona 

we arrived early wednesday morning 
hopped on the aerobus


 hopped off at the last stop
 portal de l'àngel


walked a short distance
 to
 montsio st


 we'd rented a lovely airbnb apartment 
dropped our bags
 grabbed our cameras
 headed out
 to 
see the neighborhood

 one of our priorities
 was
 to find a supermarcat
 nope 
thats not a typo
 thats spanish for supermarket 

we actually didnt find it
 till it was late
 we were pretty hungry and tired by then 
but 
we'd had a great first day

 i am going to let the photos tell the story



wandering along
peeking into
what look like
alleys
but are in fact
side streets



passing a huge cathedral




loving the plaça art



mercado de santa caterina
is
 one of many large food markets in barcelona
most of which have restaurants within
like
santa catarina cuines



after lunch
refreshed
we walked on



parc de la ciutadella
where the
arc de triomf
was built as the entrance
for the 1888
barcelona world's fair



this overlooks a lake
in
the
parc de la ciutadella


more art
i think 'he' was looking out over the parc

no toon today


hola!

i am back

organizing
 my photos
and
 my thoughts

blogging blather
will
recommence
mañana

on the road again

well
 the weather goddess
 has seen fit
to keep 
airplane grounding weather 
at
 a 
distance

i am looking forward
 to
 waking tomorrow
getting my hair blown-out/dry
 packing
then
 heading to the airport
 to
 meet 
my travel pal mary
(that's mary with a botero cat taken in barcelona last february, tho not by me)



and
 hop a plane
 to 
barcelona


 i wont be
 blogging
 likely not much instagramming 
will be done 

there 
will be
 a lot of 
walking
 photo taking
 museum-going
 cemetery visiting
 and
of course
 tons of tapes
consumed




ice melt

tribeca hardware
 on
 chambers street
 has
 had this in their window
 for 
weeks


thursday morning 
as i walked by
i had to stop
the
irony

frosty
is standing there
hawking
ice melt

that's the stuff
 tossed onto sidewalks
 to
 keep
 melting snow 
from
 forming ice 
when 
the temps elevator 
up/down

in the distance


look there 
above all that snow

water towers!!!

yeah
not so pretty
3 days
 after it falls

actually
 i took that photo
 on
 monday

yup

tuesday
 it was disgusting
even dirtier
ugh