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

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.

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.

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors Wish Everyone “Happy Chinese New Year”

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors wished a Happy Chinese New Year to everyone in Manchester to mark the Year of The Rooster.     The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors is an art installation modelled on the famous clay army which guards the tomb of the 1st Emperor of China. There are forty lantern warriors representing the original 8,000-strong army. Chinese lantern making is a tradition dating back over 2,000 years. They have appeared in iconic locations around the world, including Sydney Harbour, a castle in Prague and the central square in Zagreb. We were delighted to see them when we came out of the theatre last week. They were attracting a great deal of attention and admiration. They did look stunning.   Click on Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge icon to see more odd balls from bloggers around the world:

The Construction of Sagrada Familia

The Construction of Sagrada Familia Cathedral (or more correctly “Basilica”) in Barcelona has been going on for a very long time; since 1882 in fact. When the first architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar, resigned a year later in 1883, the project was taken over by Antoni Gaudi who totally changed the design. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked: “My client (God) is not in a hurry.” When Gaudí died in 1926, the basilica was between 15 and 25 percent complete. – Wiki The finishing date has recently been given as mid to late 2020’s. Let’s see. We’re going back next year to check up on progress! I took this first picture from an open-topped bus on our first day in Barcelona:     I took these next pictures the day we visited Sagrada Familia:     To see the colourful interior please click here.   Thanks again to Cee for her Black & White Challenges:

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