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My Europe Research + Writing Trip Photos - Part II (Barcelona)

I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more of Barcelona, since I'm going to be here for 4-5 weeks more, but here is my first few days here. I don't have any photos of the inside of Sagrada Familia yet or any of the Gaudi houses, but I have tickets / time slots for later this week, so I should be able to post more details on some of these places soon. :)

In the meantime, here are some shots from my more casual wanders around town...

The flight into Barcelona. I didn't realize at the time, but you can almost see my apartment from this shot, lol. It's just to the left of where the photo cuts off. :)

My writing desk while I'm here (although I'm finding myself writing a lot on the couch too, lol, which is becoming more of a norm for me for some reason)

Here's the length of the common area of the studio I'm renting while I'm here.

Snuggly little couch area :)

Kitchen, which I have all to myself, which is really nice.

Balcony view :)

Bicycles, near my place in El Born

Gothic stuff in the Gothic Quarter... this is Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar (this might technically be in El Born, too)

Near my place in El Born

David Bowie... just because. He seems to be popular here. I see a lot of artwork and tourist clothes / items that have images of him, including the Ziggy Stardust years.

La Rambla, from the edges of Placa de Catalunya (overlooking the subway)

My first real grocery run here in Barcelona - fruit, eggs, bread, meat, cheese, yogurt. After having stomach problems for so many days, it was nice to be able to prepare my own food.

These pig legs are for sale everywhere, lol. This is the shop where I initial bought food, but I've seen entire shops devoted to different types of cured ham.

Walking along C. de Jaume I (towards Plaça de Sant Jaume)

A view from Plaça de Sant Jaume

Sculpture in Plaça Sant Miquel

I don't remember exactly which street this is - more wandering in the Gothic Quarter

More wanderings in the Gothic Quarter...

Part of a church in the Gothic Quarter...

Cathedral of Barcelona - complete with Samsung banner on top (lol)


Odd store display of Dali on a rhino... I mean, who am I to judge? :)

Walking around the Gothic Quarter after dark...

I love this magic shop - The King of Magic :)

Flamenco place - I might have to get tickets for this, I love watching flamenco dancing :)

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The greenhouse at Barcelona Park

There are ruins inside here, pretty interesting :) The sign says "No War!" President Macron (of France) was in town, so there were anti-war protests in a lot of places where he went. He visited the museum right around the street from where I'm staying, so there were police and protesters all over the place and I had to walk around because of roadblocks.

I think this building is part of the zoo (it's right up against it anyway)

This building was called "The Three Dragons." It was, unfortunately, closed, lol. It's on the edge of Barcelona Park.

The paddle boat pond in Barcelona Park (the park is only a block from where I'm staying in El Born, which is really nice)

The inside of the greenhouse (this was closed too, unfortunately, so this is me peering through the slats to what was inside)

Cascada del Parc de la Ciutadella (City Park Fountain)

Griffins on the edges of the City Park fountain

Neptune on the City Park fountain

A kinetic sculpture inside the park

This is part of the City Park Fountain as well (the upper level)

The weather vane / lightning rod on top of Three Dragons

Lady Liberty's winged cousin :)

This is the walkway leading up to the Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona

Detail of a bat on Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona

Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona

A sidewalk cafe along Pg. de Sant Joan

Walking along Pg. de Sant Joan

A church along Pg. de Sant Joan (I didn't note the name, sorry!)

A sweet little playground along Pg. de Sant Joan

Walking towards Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia (front)

Sagrada Familia (detail, front)

Sagrada Familia (from the back)

Sagrada Familia (detail, front)

Sagrada Familia (detail, front)

Sagrada Familia (detail, front)

Wider view of the back of Sagrada Familia (with giant crane in the background)

Another art nouveau house

Another art nouveau house along the way

I just love all the different architectural styles here... very cool :)

This was kind of a trip - it's like they built a separate building of glass and metal around the original structure and blended the two.

Casa Batlló - one of the more famous Gaudi houses. I'm going to be seeing the inside of this for a night tour / show later this week. :)

Casa Amatller, with Casa Batlló to the right

Another view of Casa Batlló

Detail of the roof of Casa Malagrida

Casa Lleó Morera

Bat detail on lamp post along Pg. de Gracia

Cases Antoni Rocamora (near sunset)

Art in Placa de Catalunya

Placa de Catalunya

The outdoor market along La Rambla

Buildings along La Rambla (a big walkway for pedestrians)

Dragon with umbrella :)

Another street in the Gothic Quarter

Candle Shop

Looking up in the Gothic Quarter

The crowds were pretty insane on Saturday compared to the weekdays

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Okay, I think that's probably enough for now, lol. I'm taking WAY too many photos clearly. I hope you enjoyed them, though, and I'll post more soon in a few days!

Best wishes,

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