What a wonderful day we have had today! Into Barcelona on the train and down La Rambla with all the crowds and such a buzz! We went into another amazing market, Mercat de Sant Josep, where the displays of fruit were so beautiful, each fig wrapped in a leaf before being put on display, small bunches of cherries likewise and Star fruit and Papaya displayed cut in half and looking irresistible. Click on any photo for a larger picture.
Wrapping the figs
Nuts and dried fruit
We discovered a Miro mosaic on the pavement, a dragon in the air and parrots in the palm trees in Placa Reial – magic. We had delicious tapas for lunch in the same square and then wandered the alleys of the old town coming across very talented buskers giving much pleasure to so many passersby.
Lamps in the street
Drain cover with the professions of all those who visit the near-by Deli Rei
There are lots of green parrots in these trees but they can’t be seen only heard!
A stone postbox
Our next treat for the senses was Palau de la Musica Catalana, the only concert hall in Europe lit by natural light and completed in 1908. The stained glass dome of the sun surrounded by singers is breathtakingly beautiful, the mosaics fabulous and a worthy Catalan celebration of musicians of all types and from all over the world. We were treated to a short organ recital while we sat in the gallery surrounded by beauty. Look for the photos to be posted when we return home. WordPress for iPad won’t let me post pictures but now I’m home and can show you a bit of the beauty of Barcelona.
El Palau de la Musica Catalana, the video begins
Entrance to the concert room
The wonderful sunburst glass dome
The singers around the sun in the stained glass dome
The mosaic columns on the balcony
The concert hall
and two more shots of Barcelona.
Fountain at Placa Catalunya