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.

Thursday Doors: Graffiti in the Gothic Quarter

Wandering around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter at night is a colourful  experience. Where I come from “good” neighbourhoods don’t have any graffiti. Indeed if anyone had the temerity to paint any, it would quickly be cleaned off and the matter probably reported to the police. It’s a different scenario in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter where graffiti is the order of the day – but only on doors and shutters. After all, this is the trendy, artistic and hip area of the city, as well as its most historic part. All the shops are independently owned and stock everything from antiques to hand-made leather goods; from art works to artisan bread; from individually designed clothing and shoes to the most most elegant lighting you could ever see. At night all these shops are closed and shuttered to display their graffiti. The apartment entrances also have graffiti on their street doors, which to the untrained eye, disguises the fact that living space here is very expensive and much sought after by  high-earning hipsters. For pictures of doors from bloggers around the world, head to Norm’s Thursday Door Challenge.             And after about 260 or so sleeps we’ll be back in […]

Behind Closed Doors

The Closed Doors of the Confessionals in Barcelona’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. This Gothic cathedral was constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, with most of the work done in the 14th century.     The cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, co-patron saint of Barcelona, a young virgin who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during Roman times in the city. One story says that she was exposed naked in the public square and a miraculous snowfall in mid-spring covered her nudity. The enraged Romans put her into a barrel with knives stuck into it and rolled it down a street (according to tradition, the one now called Baixada de Santa Eulàlia). The body of Saint Eulalia is entombed in the cathedral’s crypt.- Wikipedia For more Thursday Doors from bloggers around the world, head over to  Norm’s Weekly Challenge.

Thursday Doors: Emergency Exit

Thursday Doors: Emergency Exit  The Zombie Shack is  (apparently) “A Popular Tiki Cocktail Paradise  in the Heart of Manchester”. I don’t even know what a Tiki Cocktail is, nor am I ever likely to. I looked on their website and there do seem to be a lot of fun nights planned with live music. If their back wall is anything to go by, I think I’d definitely have given the club a try in my (much, much) younger days.

Nourish your Soul……at The Apple Store Café

Nourish your Soul……at The Apple Store Café in Wyresdale Park Estate  My post for Thursday Doors may read more like a review or an advertisement for the marvellous Apple Store Café in the Lancashire village of Scorton. It is neither; it is just a mention of an amazing place we went for a snack after a walk in the Forest of Bowland at the weekend and where I saw some interesting doors, as well as windows, cottages, a manor house, a lake,boats, old farm machinery and state-of-the-art Victorian-safari-type tents complete with hot-tubs and wind-up gramophones (!). As they say in the brochure “Livingstone and Stanley would be quite at home in our tents.”  The link to Wyresdale Park Estate may well tempt you to visit. We’re lucky it’s a short drive away from us.  We’ll be be back soon for one of their “Overfilled Sandwiches” or  “Hearty Snacks”accompanied by a drink of Dandelion & Burdock or perhaps Victorian Lemonade. the cafe is unique: dining takes place in restored glass houses, the cakes are freshly baked by the Lady of the Manor, service is with a smile and digestion takes place during a ‘stroll round the grounds’.- Wyresdale Park Estate Please click here if […]

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