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The view of the Catalonian hills across to the Mediterranean. Taken from our bedroom balcony at Jim & Dessi's house.
It sure kicks the shit out of the view from the bedroom of a semi detached in Wigan!!
One of the Plane Tree lined avenues in Mataro'
They'd been freshly lopped making them look a bit sparse,
normally they'd offer some respite from the heat of the Spanish sun
The Basilica Santa Maria Mataro'
Jim offered to buy us a lunch at the Cafe Patanegra, if you ever in Mataro & want a ham sandwich then this is
the place to go, all they do are ham based dishes and it's superb
I Haven't a clue what it means but it looks good.
The Casso Battlo' one of the few Gaudi designed buildings in Barcelona. The original building was to have been demolished in the early 1900s, but the owner decided instead to have it restored and Gaudi was given the job. Snuggled in between the surrounding buildings it's very easy to miss, but well worth taking the time to stop for a look.
The Christopher Columbus monument near the harbour. A few cities lay claim to his birthplace but scholars generally agree that he was born in Genoa Italy. After moving to Spain in 1485 he adopted the Spannish version of his name - Cristóbal Colón
The harbour area of the city................
............Gets a wee bit busy at times
The Gothic Quarter is a maze of little narrow streets such as these
Unfortunately it has a lot of this as well, doesn't really add anything to the
decor of the city. At least they left the old walls alone
We stopped for lunch at one of the many Tapas bars in the area -
this was a particularly good one near the Cathedral
Most of the street entertainers on La Rambla do a human statue thing.
Some are great, some are barmy - and others are just a bit shit really!
Another Antoni Gaudi designed building, This is Casa Mila,
more commonly known as "La Pedrera" the name given to the building by
the people of Barcelona. It means The quarry.
La Sagrada Familia. Gaudi's, "Church of the Holy Family" dominates the Barcelona skyline in this area of the city.............
...........And the reason is it's massive! It's very difficult to photograph at close quaters. It remains unfinished
and work carries on long after Gaudi's death, financed mostly by public contribution for the building
work to continue
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