Plaça de les Caramelles

23 May
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Chat in the shade

Hi! Did you have a nice weekend? I had a good one, and ‘discovered’ a square, and like it so much, that I have decided to share it with you.

It is located very close to the Cute Suite, just a couple of blocks away, and can be accessed from either Peu de la Creu or Carrer Àngels.  It is spacious and lively, thanks to the people who live in the buildings around it…

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Home for the elderly

On the Western side of the square there is a home for the elderly. In front of the home, a group of trees offer shade for those sitting on the chairs, having a chat, or playing a game of Petanca (jeu de boules). Hmmm, I’m thinking of gathering some friends, bring a picnic (good Catalan wine, fresh bread, olives, cheese, jamón) and have a go at the game…  That should be fun!

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Petanca fields

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Ear

On the wall of the home some commissioned graffiti adds colour and an urban touch. Which do you like best?

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Eye

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Nose

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Heart

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Playground

On the opposite side of the square, there is a playground for the younger generations, and on the Northern side, the walls of an old convent which now houses one of the MACBA‘s galleries, as well as the FAD, and the contrasting brick walls of another (newer) MACBA building.

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New and Old

The crosses in the brick detailing of a doorway (below) appear to be the only external sign that refers to the building’s past.

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Crossed

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Palm tree

Alongside the wall that separates the square from the FAD, stands a palm tree, which is home to a flock of ‘cotorras‘, the Argentinian green parrots that were once just a few escapees, but nowadays form a very large part of the local bird population. I always have to laugh when I hear their chatter, and love seeing them fly past noisily.  Much quieter are the pigeons that form a hanging sculpture, suspended above the middle of the square!

Have a great week – I’ll be back tomorrow with more…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Pigeons

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