Tile tales

13 Jul
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Time for a bath – Carrer Banys Nous

Friday once again! Another week has flown by and we’re well into Summer. In Barcelona this is a very fun time, so when I came across this image (above) yesterday, I decided to put together a post with tile tales. Today I’m a little fuzzy-headed after all the fun I had last night, so I’m not sure I’ll manage terribly well, though. Oh well, let’s see how I do…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Island no 2, quarter no 4 – Carrer del Call

On island number 2 things were getting a little smelly, what with so many people living in close proximity to one another. It was time for a bath. Luckily, around the corner rescue was at hand, for that was where the public baths were located. So in order to make getting clean’ fun, we decided to all go together. Splish! Splash! What a party we had!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Merciful sign – Carrer Elisabets

Meanwhile, across the stream (which these days is La Rambla), things were rather more serious, for with Summer came ailments typical of humid climates, in this swampy part of town. Good thing that mercy was found at the hands of our lady, who worked tirelessly at the hospital on Carrer Elisabets.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

A chapter in history – Plaça de A Garriga Bachs

Once everyone was restored to health and freshly bathed, we all marched out the city walls and together made history, for never before had the people and the army walked arm in arm…

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Neighbours and merchants – Carrer Comtal

… it was decided that this was a good thing, and to make sure this newly created bond would continue to exist, we decided to create an association of neighbours and merchants, and chose a lovely building on Carrer Comtal as its base.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Fundamentals – Carrer Montanyars

Time passed and new laws were imposed, and so it was necessary to adjust some fundamentals. To make sure they were known to all, we created a mural in the Born, made with the tiles baked at the Forn Antic, specialists in baking clay to a high standard.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Tiles from the oven – Carrer de l’Esquirol

In the richer part of town meanwhile, Miró was wined and dined on Carrer Consell de Cent, and as a token of his appreciation, made them their sign, when they changed their name from L’Hostalet to Orotana…

And so, through the years, everyone enjoyed the Summer in Barcelona, especially on weekends, when bloggers took a break and stopped writing nonsensical tile tales. Have a great weekend, everyone!!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Miró was here – Consell de Cent

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