I am currently staying with my son Paul, in the heart of Barcelona. My son has lived here 18 months and is a DJ. Barcelona is such a diverse city: there is something for everyone.
In these photos you'll see parts of the Gothic Quarters and its beautiful Cathedral with 1000 year old remants and art.
I've also included photos of the masses of flowers put out on the street for sale. Its so colorful and fragrant as you walk by.
Les Rambles is a fun place full of street artists, folk selling jewelry, musicians and mime acts.
My son lives next door to a huge Monastary (used by Barcelona University); my son has an apartment in one of the thousands of regal buildings opposite, all of which have circular staircases going up and up (thankfully my son is on the 2nd floor)! I've included photos of inside the monastary.
Each apartment has its own balcony and shutters. These buildings are a few hundred years old but maintain their exterior charm. Be sure to look up in Barcelona or you'll miss the best of the Spanish architecture.
I've also included photos of the magnificent Guadi building in all its glory.
Its expensive to be in Barcelona at this time. Apparently 1 in 4 are unemployed and Spain is in a worse recession than most places. Also the students are rioting due to the government cut backs on their grants. As such, the streets are some days lined with riot police and protesting students, whilst helicopters circle menacingly overhead.
In some of the more violent protests, the students have set light to the large dumpsters which line the roads..this causes a great deal of smoke and has actually burned through the tarmac roads.
I've tried to capture some of the turmoil also in some of these photos.
We had a day out by the sea in Stiges, also photo'd here plus you can see Barcelona sea front with its famous Sculpture.
I hope I've captured the essence of this vibrant, chaotic, beautiful, busy and charming city for you to enjoy vicariously.
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