Green living

7 Mar
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça del Mar

After all those outdoors images from yesterday’s post, I thought it would be nice to continue with some green, this time, found around Barcelona. So here goes: green living!

Fresh green signs indicating cycle areas were recently pasted onto the paving around Port Vell and Barceloneta, as well as Plaça del Mar.

Barcelona’s tram is a nice way to travel. You can recognise their stops by the green colour of their ticket machines.

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Carrer Wellington

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Passeig de Joan de Borbò

Recycling is big in Barcelona, and there are containers for many purposes. The ones for glass are green, and abound, especially at this spot on Passeig de Joan de Borbò.

Traditionally, houses and apartments would have wooden blinds to keep out the sunlight on hot Summer days. More often than not, these were painted a fresh green, and still today, many blinds remain in this delightful colour.

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Carrer Elisabets

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Carrer Wellington

Pharmacies are very abundant in Spain, and Barcelona is no exception. They can be distinguished from afar by their sign in the shape of a Maltese cross. Often they are red, but many times they are green. This has a meaning, but I’m not sure which it is – I’ll have to find out and let you know…

The hi visibility suit of employees of the Barcelona cleaning services is, quite logically I suppose, green (with fluorescent yellow). Very striking.

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Platja de la Barceloneta

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Ronda de Sant Pau

My favourite ‘local’ bird, the “cotorra”, a type of small parrot, originally from Argentina, is green, and can be found mostly nestled in Barcelona’s many palm trees, or flying in small gangs through the streets, but at times you can spot them grazing on the ground, especially in parks and squares. They are quite cheeky, but always make me smile with their constant chattering and screeching.

On Carrer del Carme a renovated residential building has made use of green shuttered blinds, as homage to the other kind of blind I showed you earlier in this post. Quite pretty, don’t you think?

Tomorrow I have more images of Casa La Ricarda to share with you – same time, same place. See you then? Fins demà!

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Carrer del Carme

2 Responses to “Green living”

  1. Lena Castles March 7, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Love the “green” post Lisette! You’re the friend that has the Cute Suite! Brad told me about it. Msg me some info and I’ll do some promo posts & tweets for you :)

    • Lisette March 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Thanks Lena! I’m so glad you like it! This is the link to the Cute Suite accommodation: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/74562 – superb location, inexpensive, and a super friendly host (he he, that’s me) – all in all, a great place to stay when visiting Barcelona! Thanks very much for offering to advertise!! :)

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