Balcony stories

3 May
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Àngels

Hi, I’m back! Hope you didn’t miss me too much yesterday? To make up for my absence, I thought I’d share some balcony stories with you – here goes…

Àngel likes to surf and dreams of a trip to Hawaii to ride the waves at Waikiki Beach, where surfing once began. Meanwhile, he does what he can on the waves at Barceloneta and hopes to make his dream come true one day.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Pietat

Pietat was once a cleaner at the palace, but her pretty ways caught the attention of the owner, who became besotted with her. Once well established as his mistress, Pietat decided that the corner balcony needed some jazzing up, and so she had the wooden trellis installed, in the hope of growing some vines there. But alas, sunlight was too scarce on this spot and the vines died, and today only a shabby Drácena fragrans adds a touch of green to its stone environs.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Sitges

Rapunzel once lived here, on the top floor, after she was liberated from her tower. Sitges the hairdresser was her secret admirer, and when Rapunzel passed away he paid homage to his lost love by applying her lengthy tresses to the façade of the building and covering them with plaster so they would be conserved forever.

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Carrer Avinyó

Avinyó returned from the Americas some time ago, but misses the jungles he traveled in so much, that he has recreated them on his balcony. It makes him feel a little bit more at home. At least it does, when he looks out the window and can almost blot out the building across the street through his greenery.

Riera just can’t get enough of flowers and spends all her spare cents on them. But not all flowers will do, so when she doesn’t find the ones she wants, she adds her flowery inflatable cushions to brighten up the empty spaces. I think she would make a good match with Avinyó, don’t you think?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Riera Baixa

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Plaça de Sant Just

Justo is in love with the neighbor on the opposite side of the square. He is shy and doesn’t quite dare to approach her yet, but he hopes to conquer his shyness one of these days. In the meantime, he has prepared for romantic breakfasts and dinners on the small balcony, and bought two sinuous and red hot chairs to flank his collapsible table. Maybe she’ll notice? He hopes she does, and that maybe she will speak to him first…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer del Carme

Carmelo is an archer. He has gone to battle in the Orient and closed up his shutters, until he returns. Peregrina (who is his girlfriend) pines for Carmelo and stands watch on her balcony every day, rain or shine, hoping it is the day he finally returns home. But alas, days come and go, the seasons change, the years pass, and still no sight of Peregrina’s dear archer. Yet Peregrina remains as beautiful as ever and continues to keep her balcony pretty with lush plants and bright flowers.

And so it with balcony stories; some are happy, some are sad and others are filled with hope. I hope you enjoyed them. Tomorrow, I’m taking you shopping for some fun souvenirs. Will you join me?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça de Sant Pere


2 Responses to “Balcony stories”

  1. grosenberg May 3, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Great stories :) Hail Repunzel

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