I ♥ Locals

13 Sep
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça Reial

With all the tourists that come to Barcelona each year, and who (especially in Summer) tend to dominate the streets in the Old Town, it would be easy to forget that there are locals here too.  Therefore, today, a pictorial homage to those who live here – enjoy!

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Carrer Joaquin Costa

Some rather ‘trendy’ oldsters (above) with flat caps and shoes that I am sure were the inspiration for the ones sold here.

And (below) two Muslim gentlemen – one from Pakistan, and the other from Africa – both wearing similar clothes and rather beautiful skull caps.

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Carrer Sant Rafael

I love the contrast in the attire of these two men (below)!

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Ronda de Sant Pau

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Carrer Pintor Fortuny

Four ladies (originally from Bangladesh) in their beautiful, elegant and colourful garments. Always a delight to behold! Luckily for me, and those visiting the Cute Suite, it is quite easy to spot such beautifully attired ladies around the neighborhood.

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Avinguda de la Catedral

I have a soft spot for elderly couples. And when I spot one, hanging out in a group of such lovely oldsters (like the ones above), well… that just makes me smile. A lot.

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Rambla de Canaletes

At the top of La Rambla, on both sides, you can find a number of chairs, grouped together for cosy conversations. Often you can find locals taking a rest under the shade of the sycamore trees, having a chat, and watching the world go by…

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Carrer de l’Est

The lady (above) is doing her round of groceries, and instead of buying drinking water, she fills up the jugs that she has saved. It is quite possible, that she does not have running water in her home, or simply can’t afford it. And so the many drinking fountains around town are used to draw water for drinking, cooking, laundering and personal hygiene.

The gentleman (below) is keeping a close eye on what is going down on the square where he lives. It is something I really like about Barcelona’s neighborhoods: there is still plenty of social control, as neighbours usually know each other. A good thing, that is often missing in large cities.

Did you enjoy meeting some of Barcelona’s locals? I hope you did. I’ll be back tomorrow with more delightful images from this fabulous city – fins demà!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Fossar de les Moreres

2 Responses to “I ♥ Locals”

  1. openhouse September 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    if only we could get rid of all the tourists!!!!!!!

    • Lisette van de Graaf September 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      Noooo! They do keep our economy alive, you know… (if only they would behave a little better as a whole)

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