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 ... 


7 comments:

  1. Gosh, can you imagine living in a Gaudi? How fabulous might that be? Somehow I think I would be a big collector of Dali and Man Ray, and my sofa would be red and shaped like a giant mouth if I lived in that kind of architecture. (Good to know that the ubiquitous Sbux came thru!)

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  2. The angel sculpture's my favourite. I've never been in a cemetery with crypts like that.

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  3. One day I'll have to go... You're making me want to though I'm far more likely to go to NYC... :-)

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  4. These are all awesome,especially the burial site.
    I didn't know what a taphophile was, so I Googled it!
    I am so excited --I am definitely a taphophile too!!!!
    I am always drawn to graveyards and love reading old headstones.

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  5. The cemetery was fascinating and the Gaudis? Just wow.

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  6. Wondrous sights! Love the lady with the crocodile, er, orange bag!

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