Come, let me take you for a walk through one of the winding streets of the Barri Gòtic, and show you something that I think is quite unusual…
Carrer Petritxol, which links shopping street Portaferrissa and Plaça del Pi, is a street full of shops and art galleries, so well worth a visit. But that’s not what I’m going to show you. No, what I love about this street, is the amount of plaques, tiles and signs that grace its walls on either side. You’ll see… there’s quite a number of them!
They are a homage to those that were born or lived there, or simple, yet artful, reminders of the past. Enjoy! I’ll translate a few for you, so you know what they mean…
“From the blind man we can no longer hear his violin or his little plate”
“Our ordinance offers you: information – assistance – help”
“From the balcony you can see the shadow of Angel Guimera tremble”
“Love and spread public spirit on the street” (I’m all for it!)
“Respect animals and plants”
“The cap that Senyor Parés had is no longer there”
“People came here to eat cream, ensaimada and chocolate” (there’s actually a ‘typo’ on this one, as chocolate should be written ‘xocolata’)
“Vehicles: moderate speed and short stops” (nowadays it’s a pedestrian street)
(I wonder what’s underneath the paper sign?)
“Flocks of goats no longer dirty the paving”
“People celebrated baptisms and weddings here”
“In a flat, we don’t know which, lived Moratin”
Have you ever seen so many signs, tiles and plaques on one street? What do you think, would it qualify for world’s most?