When night falls…

11 Nov
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

PLaça de Sant Josep Oriol

Have you noticed how it gets dark so early lately? I can imagine it may make you want to hibernate, but don’t just yet… Barcelona by night is just as beautiful as it is by day! If anything, by the light of its old lanterns, the narrow streets of the Old Town, its squares, and even the beach, acquire a quality that is almost magical. Here, see for yourself…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça del Pi

The sgraffito on many of the old buildings, becomes even more visible at night, when the light of the lanterns bounces off the lighter parts of the lovely imagery. Elsewhere, the lamp light almost makes the details on some buildings come alive, while everything else disappears in the surrounding darkness…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Pietat

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Carrer Paradis

The contrast of a plain, narrow and dark street with the beauty of a grand building (such as the Cathedral, above) becomes even more poignant at night time, and so a walk down the winding streets in the Barri Gòtic can be so much more delightful than during the day. Not in the least, because there are fewer people about!

Beautiful lamp posts by day, are even more stunning at night, when illuminated from within, and the detailing on its arms and lanterns is brought out for best effect.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça de Sant Jaume

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Plaça de Sant Jaume

Another wonderful aspect of night time in Barcelona, is the way some doorways are lit up from inside, making their window bars and grilles gain a graphic quality that is hardly noticeable by day…

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Carrer Pietat

… at times, the wrought iron grilles seem almost like lace!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Ciutat

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Avinguda de la Catedral

Even the stalls of a wine fair in front of the Cathedral, with the soft yellowish light shining through the tarpaulins in which they have been wrapped for the night, are more beautiful than during the day. I told you about the magic, didn’t I?

And then there is the beach – always a great place to be – which at night seems to grow and become more peaceful. Aaaah… the more I look at these images, the more I love this town. Its beauty just never seems to end!

Have a great weekend! May it be as magical as Barcelona is by night!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Playa de la Barceloneta

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3 Responses to “When night falls…”

  1. brandeye November 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    We are coming to Barcelona for a week Dec 27th and I cannot wait! Your blog is getting me even more excited than ever.

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