Sunday, July 31, 2011

Barcelona: "Hot town...

Summer in the city,
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city"

Beautiful day, but hot! Thank goodness for the cool breeze blowing off of the Mediterranean (the same "mistral" wind we enjoyed while visiting Cassis in southern France). It was like air conditioning for the city.

Las Ramblas is a long, wide pedestrian street full of little artsy-craftsy vendors and performance artists. Keep your backpacks and purses close to you! This place is a pick-pocketer's dream because everyone has to slowly "ramble" along in a crowd of squished-together people. Check the photo below to see what I mean:

Today we walked along the famous Las Ramblas, down to the water, and then through the streets to the Picasso Museum. The coolest part of the museum was Picasso's study of another artist's work: Valasquez's Las Meninas, which we saw in person while in Madrid. How cool! (Ok, and on a side note, this huge department store in Spain also has their own ad which pays homage to Las Meninas with a modern twist. Also very cool!)

Velasquez's original, painted in 1656:

Picasso's interpretation, painted in 1957:

El Corte Ingles's promotional ad, as seen in 2011:


  1. You're in my favorite place in the whole world. Enjoy it! If you happen to walk by, go to Chocolateria Valor and get some churros and chocolate. YUM!

  2. Wow! Your trip looks amazing!! Your pictures are awesome, and you two look so happy! :)

  3. I love the picture of the narrow street w/ the balconies, it's my classic image of Medieval Europe.

    The three versions of the paiting is neat too, did you figure out the department store one on your own? I'm impressed if so!


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