Monday, November 21, 2016

A pretty lady sits on a bench

A pretty lady sits on a bench

Many people sit where she's sitting, to grab the warmth of the sun or to look in awe at the Barcelona Cathedral.

I try to be at the basilica an average of once a week. Each time I go it's a new discovery, especially when natural light changes, the ambiance of the church transforms and you can feel and see the same occurring in the public.

I strongly urge you to come and see this magnificent architectural structure.

Oh, yes! Don't bother bringing your selfie sticks ... they're cheap at the cathedral.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Two pearls in an oyster

Two pearls in an oyster

These two are the most precious things imaginable; like the 2 finest pearls selected out of a mountain of them.

And better yet, they are a photographer's dream.

Kids are the best for grown-ups like me to shoot.

They have a natural smile. I don't have to wait for them to fix their hair or put on their lipstick.

I could tell how much these two young girls like each other. Can you tell?

They were laughing, smiling and just having a gay old time. Their good feeling towards one another caught my attention.

I'm happy to have taken their photo for the picture still puts a big smile on my face.

Wherever they are, I hope they're still smiling.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Art imitates life

Ah! Remember when you were younger and couldn't find your clothes because somewhere, sometime your siblings wanted to be "cool" like you?

Well, now you have to be careful of those precocious statues, especially the one found at the Palau de la Musica Catalana like the one shown in the photo. The statue's name is "Carmela" by sculptor Jaume Plensa.

Little did the human know SHE would play an important role in Carmela's fashion.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

All out (Sin Cuartel)

All out (Sin Cuartel)

Yesterday, I already knew that Hillary Clinton had conceded the United States presidential election to Trump but El Periodico's early edition was published before the news reached Barcelona.

It's not the mission for barçalunacy photoblog to be used as a political voice. The blog began almost a decade ago to inform my family of Barcelona's people, culture and visual landscapes of the neighborhoods, and along the way, thousands and thousands of people have discovered my blog, some to look, others to look and comment.

For the past 18 months, we watched every debate of all candidates on both sides and every debate between Hillary and Donald. Not easy when I'm 6 hours ahead of New York. So, I've invested a lot of time.

However, I, (luna), from my youth have always been interested in politics and government, world wide. I will not share my preference for either United States candidate but I do say that I'm proud of the numbers that voted ... an unprecedented number in American history, so I've read.

For the past many years, I've seen the Catalonian stand on lines, wrapped around the block waiting a long time to cast their votes for whether they should stay in Spain or secede.

They've demonstrated, handed flyers from corner to corner and have shown passion for their causes. I am not from Catalonia, but I have bursted with pride witnessing these scenes and seeing their dignity.

Democracy does have some good points and when it works it's MAGIC.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Today, Barcelona is not friendly

Today, Barcelona, is not friendly

I'm sitting at my pc. It's sunny, a whopping 59 degrees fahrenheit, 15 celsius and the wind is traveling at a record speed of 6.7 miles per second, The wind is so strong, I heard a branch snap. I thought my back broke.

There's also a mysterious cold that seems not to be factored in the weather report (according to my meteorological inexperience) and causing me and everyone I saw outside tremendous anguish.

Oh, how I wish my tuckus was sitting in that empty chair you see at my neighbor's pool, and on the chair is a "RESERVED for luna" sign.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Aerial views of la Plaça de Catalunya and surrounding landscape

Aerial views of la Plaça de Catalunya and surrounding landscape

Hey! Aerial shots of any city can be spectacular and Barcelona's la Plaça de Catalunya is without any doubt spectacular.

The city offers tours of the sky for some fee ... of which I have no clue nor any interest because, if you've been following my stories, I am TOTALLY afraid, no INSANELY afraid of heights.

So, how do I take photos of aerial views of the city .... I CHEAT!!

I head over to Cortes Ingles (a department store), go up 8 escalator flights, sit and have coffee at the bar you see.

After I finish the coffee and mini croissant I can be seen at one of the 2 windows (2 of many many windows) taking pictures.

And that is how I've conquered heights.

Yes, I've cheated but I got my "aerial" view and to me my photos are maybe a tad better than buying a postcard and I avoid anxiety.

What you don't see is the aroma of coffee and and the warmth of baked goods.

Monday, November 07, 2016

La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market has its origins from year 1200, as an open market, and enclosed today as shown in the photo taken at 1:30 pm.

Today, many pesky tourists and local inhabitants buy and eat the luscious vegetables, sweet (and I mean SWEET) fruits, familiar and strange looking fish that lurk at you and *bocadillos with jamon and queso. (Yum Yum).

And, when you've finished eating paellas at the many cafes that surround the perimeter of the market, at the entrance is a Dunkin Donut shop, to satisfy your craving for sugar.

Truly, it's a great place to see history, taste great food and I ask you to be nice, if you're a visitor. Like I said, many locals inhabit the market and on days when you're there shooting pictures, they can't get to the counters to buy their food and the vendors can't make a living.

*bocadillos --- sandwiches of crusty bread, made with various hams of your choice and cheese with an optional tomato

Friday, November 04, 2016

Maremagnum at its finest!

Maremagnum at its finest!

In Barcelona's district of Port Vell, there's a magnificent shopping center called Maremagnum.

As you cross its bridge, you will find fantastic landscapes of Barcelona, outdoor cafes, anchored boats of all sizes , many many seagulls and much much more.

On the other side of the bridge and to the left there's a restaurant called Tapa Tapa (yum yum), and at the very end of the boardwalk is a small nook ... the very one you see and want to be at --- a place you can sit in solitude or with a loved one and a fine bottle of wine.

Maremagnum at its finest!

Hey! Be sure to use Google Chrome, like me. I was an avid Firefox user but I certainly like Chrome for 2 reasons, mainly, the its low usage of memory and its translator.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

plaça de Narcís Oller

plaça de Narcís Oller

In the barrio of Gràcia, between Via Augusta and the Travessera de Gràcia, there's a quaint park called the plaça de Narcís Oller.

Visually, it doesn't compare to other plaças in the barrio in terms of size and crowds and that's okay with me. I like the small plaça for it has a fun seating arrangement, a running water fountain, 5 restaurants or cafes, a small grocery store, a wellness spa called the the Flotarium, a computer repair shop and wonderful architectural structures.

The plaça is small, like I said, but on special days when the weather is great you hear children playing, and you see dogs running into the fountain to cool off.

Speaking of dogs, I believe it's been about 3 years since el barrio de Gràcia has placed dog leash restrictions. I can understand why without arguing a pro or con stance. In the day when the dogs roamed it was fun to see them play with one another and enjoy frolicking in the fountain like children.

Time surely flies as the days of today quickly become the days of yesterday, more than I want.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

50% off on most stuff you don't need.

50% off on most stuff you don't need.

I can't believe November is here and for many in the world , fulfilling wish lists and giving presents in this time period will be the norm.

For some of us, the work to match a gift with your loved one, will be strenuous but satisfying.

For many others, the time spent searching and lurking for the CORRECT beanie boo, or Ernie Banks autographed baseball card, will not only be strenuous but a harrowing and unforgiving experience.

But, for heaven's sake, how can I even write about any forthcoming holiday when the United States presidential elections are coming upon the world in less than 7 days!

For those swinging to the left or to the right of political opinion, either candidate will be catastrophic and rather than gift giving an exit to Canada might be on their list.