Coloured lights

2 Dec
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Montalgre

In past years, by now, Christmas lighting on the streets would be shining bright each evening to put us all in a festive mood. But this year they have not yet been lit, no doubt as a measure of austerity. Meanwhile, I have spotted other lights that I have found appealing, and they are quite colourful. Here, let me show you…

The sign (above and below) in the Pati de les Dones of the CCCB is probably there every day, but I spotted it on a rainy evening last week. No doubt because with the reflections on the wet paving of the courtyard the light effect was so much more attractive, and also because of the contrast of the blue sign with the warm, yellowish light of the nearby windows.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Montalegre

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Carrer Montcada

A colourful display can be found on Carrer Montcada (a few steps from the Picasso Museum) on the corner of the building that houses the DHUB – a delightful museum dedicated to design, which is well worth a visit. The photo above is from last Summer, so I suppose, that whatever is on show now will be different.

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Pas de l'Ensenyança

A few permanent signs, advertising their respective businesses – here, the cute sign in yellow lights for a restaurant in the Barri Gòtic, just off Plaça de Sant Miquel.

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Carrer Valldonzella

Above, Ohlala Plaza’s electric blue sign shines so brightly that it reflects off the walls on the opposite corner, and (below) completely transforms the tree in front of the shop. Quite enchanting, I think. And as electric blue is my favourite colour, you can imagine how much I love the effects…

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Carrer Valldonzella

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Carrer Sant Francesc de Paula

This sign (above) for the restaurant of the Palau de la Mùsica reminds me of the fonts typically in de 50’s. I love how the sign is ‘housed’ in a clear glass box. And what a striking sight, these 3 large windows (below), each in their own colour! They can brighten up the dreariest evening, especially if it rains. I love the way they shine out over the square in front of the MACBA, and will glance in their direction every time I walk past…

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, filled with colour and bright lights, wherever you are, and I look forward to seeing you here, on Monday. Have a great weekend!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça Àngels

2 Responses to “Coloured lights”

  1. Kiana @ The Barcelona Story December 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Such great pictures! Are there any Christmas lights up around Barcelona at all? And do they sell Christmas trees?

    • Lisette van de Graaf December 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks very much, Kiana! Christmas lights were put up around mid November, and other years they have been lighted around the 21st. This year it has been delayed (I presume for economic reasons) and will be shining brightly from now on… Christmas trees are sold widely, although traditionally, in Spain people put up a “Belen” – this is a recreation of the manger in Bethlehem where JC was born, and in Catalunya traditions are different; they put up a “Caga Tiò” this is a wooden log with a blanket over it and a Catalan beret at one end (and usually a face drawn on that end). They ‘feed’ the Caga Tiò every day, and on Christmas day they hit it with a stick and sing a song, so that it will poop a bunch of presents – obviously a very rustic custom! ;)

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