|The artist, who was commissioned to paint these murals,|
was putting the final touches on Bill Gates.
Ironically, I had paid a visit to the Microsoft headquarters,
in Redmond, Washington, just the day before.
|This mural, which seems very Portland-esque, also made me feel |
as though I hadn't traveled far from the Pacific Northwest.
|I visited the beautiful Park Güell, a public park designed by Antoni Gaudí,|
of La Padrera, Casa Batlló, and La Sagrada fame.
I'm always happy to see greenery in big cities.
|I heard music emanating from underneath the viaduct at Park Güell.|
Closer inspection revealed this gentleman,
whose voice and instrumentation pleased my ears for nearly an hour.
|I was keen on capturing commentary of the political situation in Catalonia.|
As I neared this wall to snap a photo, I noticed that the statute moved ever so slightly.
There were quite a few of these clever statue-like posers around Barcelona.
|The public bicycle-borrowing system in Barcelona is alive'n'well.|
Alas, the system is only available to permanent residents.
|In Seattle, my Brompton is somewhat of a novelty. This was not the case in Barcelona.|
Barcelona is teeming with folding bikes --
mostly Bromptons and Btwins, but everything in between, too,
from Birdys to Monsters (folding electric fat bikes).
|One of the enjoyable aspects of Barcelona is the range in styles of its architecture and sculptures.|
The Cascada Monument, for example, in the Parc de la Ciutadella, is pretty dang baroque.
|A half block away from the Palau stands this super-modernistic sculpture, |
called "Carmela," by Jaume Plensa. I thought the sculpture looked familiar.
Sure enough, Plensa created the similar looking statue in the Olympic Sculpture Garden in Seattle.
|I love these four pillars outside the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.|
|The view of the city from the Museu's terraces is pretty fantastic...|
...as is the modern art collection at the Museu.
(The Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque collections nearly put me to sleep.)
|Not surprisingly, I love this 1897 oil painting by Ramon Casas called|
"Ramon Casa and Pere Romeu on a Tandem."
|I enjoyed this piece as well, also in the modern wing of the museum.|
This sofa was designed by Aleix Clapés sometime between 1898-1904.
He was quite the trendsetter, eh? Sixty years ahead of his time!
|Just around the corner from Casa Batlló is this building, the Fundacio Antoni Tapies.|
Though the building was built in the 1880s, it was topped by Tapies's
sculpture "Núvol i cadita" (Clouds and Chair) in 1990 as a means of heightening the building.
|I had to do a double-pass in front of this storefront window.|
With her dark skin and bleach-colored hair, I had mistaken the employee for a mannequin as well!
|I spent hours sitting on benches, people-watching.|
I felt as though I had seen just about every type of person represented in Barcelona.
|Just around the corner from my AirBnB in the Sants-Montjüic district was this Amazon locker.|
There's no escaping Amazon!
|Shortly after checking into my new AirBnB, |
I returned to my room to find the curtain ajar.
My first thought was that an intruder had entered my room!
|Indeed, there had been an intruder; this little munchkin snuck into my room through the window!|
No complaints, as finding a kitty on my bed is just as enticing as finding a mint on my pillow.
|Speaking of kitties, I only spotted one feral cat duing my entire two weeks in the city.|
This elephantine cutie, in the Raval neighborhood, made up for the lack of kitty sightings.
|Even the backside of Fernando Botero's "Cat," is pretty cute.|
|Though there may be few feral four-legged animals in Barcelona,|
there sure as heck are a helluva lot of birds.
The pigeons in the Plaça de Catalunya far outnumber the humans.
|And loud Monk Parakeets are all over the city.|
|The Mercado de La Boquería, along La Rambla, is colorful and crowded.|
As I roamed the market, however, I didn't exactly feel welcomed.
|I'm always intrigued by graffiti. I let out a good chuckle when my eyes|
honed in on the pink stenciled message near the top of this photo.
| I love this Edifici Planeta.|
I wish all buildings were clothed in life.
|This insect hotel, at the Jardín Botánico in Montjüic, is pretty cool, too. |
From afar, it appears as though this is a shelving system for storing twigs and wood.
But an up-close examination reveals thousands of tiny apartment-like hole homes.
|This happy hippy tree made me smile.|
|A poem mural, in Catalan, plays off this theme:|
"Planting ideas rains critical thinking, alternatives grow."
|I toured Refugio 307, one of 1,487 air raid shelters built in Barcelona during|
the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The tour was fabulous!
I learned a whole bunch and urbicide and the courageous resolve of the Barcelonians.
Stay tuned for my next post, which is about cycling through Catalonia.