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Barcelona trip

Updated on December 14, 2012
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Retired counselor, 341 short stories published by FSU. I have 4 sons, love sharing photography, writing, love travel, sunshine, sea & Grace.

Barcelona Images

The 13 Geese represent 13 punishments for a heretic.
The 13 Geese represent 13 punishments for a heretic.


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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    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi nochance, thanks, I will, I need to get my act together and start writing again! Thanks for the encouragement and the push :-)

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      Chloe 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful photos but definitely break it up into several hubs. I want to hear the stories behind some of these pictures.

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks so much Pamela... I hope you got to go there one day!... :-) Helen

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have never been to Barcelona, but your pictures are beautiful. I hope you are careful when you are out due to the protests. I hope things will stabilize for that beautiful city. I enjoyed your hub.

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much suzette for your kind comments. I agree with you that it definitely is a shame in such troubling times - I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos! :-) Helen

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Your photos of Barcelona are beautiful! I have visited Barcelona in better economic times, and I am saddened to see the protest photos and the police and riot police out on the streets trying to keep control. It is a shame!

      You have done a great job of photographing Barcelona and you certainly have caught its essense.

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I hope you can too pinkhawk. Glad you enjoyed the photos! :-) Helen

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      pinkhawk 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Beautiful! Hope I could visit this place one day...

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I agree.. when I have more time, I'll do that. Thanks for your suggestions :-) Helen

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      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      Oh! Great idea to break it down into sections of Barcelona in different hubs. You have beautiful photos here, I love the one with the geese and the last one with the musician playing in front of the sephora store; the street performers, the gothic details, the beautiful blue skies along the coastline.... perhaps they would be more fully appreciated the way you suggested.

      Cheers! Claudia

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Claudia

      Thank you for your comments. Its a shame about the recession and as you say, it brings such negativity. I may have too many photos on this hub, perhaps its would be better to break it down into several hubs on each section of Barcelona? We shall see. Yes, it was great to spend time with Paul and be a part of his life here in Spain. Take care, Helen :-)

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      Claudia Tello 

      6 years ago from Mexico

      I visited Barcelona quite a few years ago and I totally agree with you in that it is a beautiful, vibrant, busy and charming city. I am sorry they are living such a hard recession and I really do hope they get over it soon. Economical difficulty brings such a suppressive feeling....

      I´ve never seen a hub with so many photographs!!!! and with them I think you do manage to convey quite a good picture of this sea side Spanish city.

      Great that you could spend some time there with your son.

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