Armchair Trolleys and Dr Death (more Barca OddBalls)

More Oddballs found in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, for Cee’s OddBall Challenge this week  Some things are indescribable. Words just don’t do them justice and you have to see them for yourself.  I think these supermarket trolleys come into that category:   And how about Dr Death’s welcoming smile at the pharmacy door:        

…and F is for Filleting Fish very Fast

E is for Evening Meal…….   …….and F is for Filleting Fish very Fast as these stallholders were doing at LaBoqueria Market:     All Low-Key Street Photography images from my archives for this week’s Black&White Challenge: Letters E and F Perhaps next week’s will be brighter.Or perhaps not.   This is a fun challenge to do and there were as many interpretations are there are bloggers in the universe. So why not click on the icon to see some variations on the theme?

Sagrada Familia: Door Detail Barcelona

Barcelona has some Very Big Doors

Barcelona does indeed have some very big doors….. ……..but none so grand, in my opinion, as this one at Sagrada Familia Cathedral. And what about that handle (if that’s what it is) at the top left corner? Even when I pulled myself up to my full five feet five and three quarter inches, I still couldn’t quite reach it to let myself in.     Like every other square inch of this wonderful building, both inside and outside, the detail is stunning:   And this wasn’t even the main entrance! That was bigger. To see more doors from around the world, why not pop over to Norm’s Thursday Doors

The Reindeer who was Left Behind on a Balcony in Barca

Looking up in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter I saw a luminous reindeer. This was a first for me, which made it memorable. Had it been mid-winter, this wouldn’t have been unexpected.  But this was early September on a swelteringly hot evening.     I often look at this picture and smile……. and wonder……. (There’s a children’s story here just waiting to be written).   For more OddBalls from bloggers around the world, why not head over to Cee’s OddBall Challenge:

Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter: a few more Doors

Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter: a few more Doors For this week’s Thursday Doors hosted by Norm, I’m revisiting my photos from our trip to Barcelona last September. How I am looking forward to wandering through the winding alleys of Barca’s Gothic Quarter again, but that’s not for a few months yet.   This magnificent door is, I think, the street door to some tourist apartments:     Shops, restaurants and clubs pull down their shutters when closed. The shutters ALL display graffiti; it is a recognised art form in the Gothic Quarter and you never see an outside door without it:   After dark the clubs open:      This picture was taken by flash after dark when all the trendy shops remain open till late.  A shop door and an apartment door:   For more Doors in The Gothic Quarter why not visit my other posts: “Doors: Graffiti in the Gothic Quarter” “Thursday Doors: An Old Brown Door in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter”   For more doors from bloggers around the world, head to Norm’s Thursday Doors.

Barcelona: La Pedrera – Where Chimney-pots have Warrior Faces

Barcelona: Casa Milà (La Pedrera): Rooftop Perhaps there are lots of traditional chimney pots that look like faces, but none as can be as spectacular as those on the roof of Casa Milà (La Pedrera) in Barcelona. This modernist building in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, was built between 1906 and 1912. When it was built, its avant-garde style subjected it to much ridicule. This led to it being nicknamed “La Pedrera” meaning “The Stone Quarry”. It was also referred to as “The Easter Cake”.  Nowadays, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “The Works of Antoni Gaudi”.    As you approach it along the Passeig De Gràcia you can just about see the tops of a couple of chimney-pots:     Then after a few hours marvelling at the interior of the building, you step out onto the roof. And WOW!:     A Catalan poet described the roof space as “The Garden of Warriors” defending the skylights and the atrium:   They are everywhere. And they are HUGE.   I’ve just found the most amazing virtual tour on La Pedrera Website here, so if you can’t get to Barcelona right away, you can always […]

Thursday Doors: An Old Brown Door in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Thursday Doors: An Old Brown Door in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter There are many hundreds, no thousands, of fascinating old doors in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. This one really caught my eye because of the its ironmongery . I love the old bolt and letterbox juxtaposed below the new(-ish) padlock. They must be centuries apart.       To see more from door-loving bloggers worldwide , head over to Norm’s Thursday Doors.

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