Yep. Five hundred. Blogposts. Almost unbelievable, but very true! This calls for a little celebration, and so I thought we’d have a little street art fest today. To celebrate this 500th post and the fact that Barcelona’s street art is so very much alive with excellent artists, both local and visiting.
El Pez and his friends
These shots are from the park at Les Tres Xemeneies, at the bottom end of Avinguda del Paral.lel, where skaters and bikers hang out, do their tricks and where a few walls are actually permitted to be covered in tags, smiley fish and other works of spray art.
A pile of chestnuts
The walls were recently re-done, and so I am delighted to share these new works with you.
Anybody know who this is?
There are 3 blocks of concrete which are covered on all sides, and artists like KRAM, El Pez and others (if you know who they are please let me know) have added their colourful touches to them, each in their own distinctive styles…
… some romantic…
Chick on the side
Bunny with many faces
… or cute…
Having a whale of a time
… others hilarious or a little scary. But all, gorgeous, don’t you agree? In any case, I hope you like them!
Dear (blog) friends, I’m going to take a break from blogging for a bit. Not because I’m fed up with it, but to enjoy a little holiday and to take the time to regroup and focus on a new project, which I would also like to see reflected in the blog. But don’t worry, I’ll be back! With more beautiful and exciting stuff from around Barcelona. Have a wonderful Summer, and see you again soon!
Platja de Barceloneta
After a weekend of solstice celebrations all over the world, including the noisy and fiery Nit de Sant Joan here, in Barcelona (as well as other parts of Spain), Summer is officially here. And although the weather is uncharacteristically cool at the moment, I thought I’d share with you a few of my simple, Summery pleasures. Spending lazy hours on any of Barcelona’s many beaches is a given, as is eating copious amounts of ice cream (preferably of the artisanal variety) in order to keep cool…
Carrer Joaquin Costa
But there are other things I enjoy, such as drinking iced coffee – a good expresso with a couple of ice cubes is all it takes – or splashing some water on my face or refilling my water bottle at one of many drinking fountains, dotted around Barcelona. Especially, if it is a smiley one such as this one, below!
Delighting in the blue skies above always makes me feel happy, so I look up often. And if palm trees are a part of what I see, then my happiness doubles.
Summer is a happy season for me, and as I am feeling so upbeat, I’ll let you in on a little secret: the delicious drink that is horchata. Served ice cold, horchata is a typical Summer drink which is sweet and cooling and nutty at the same time. It is available in bottled form in supermarkets, but the best is found at this horchata parlour on Carrer Parlament, as well as a few other ones around town, who make their own. What are your Summery pleasures?
Cyclists – Carrer Petritxol
Another week has flown by and the weekend is on our doorstep. Before I go off to rest and relax, I wanted to share these 4 B/W portraits with you. I hope you like them. The cyclists, found on a doorway in Carrer Petritxol, is a homage to the famous painting by Ramon Casas that hangs in the 4 Gats restaurant. If you’ve been, you’ll recognise it.
Girl – Carrer Mirallers
The other three are all found on the same little street, Carrer Mirallers, tucked away in the Born. A pretty girl with a piercing look…
Embrace – Carrer Mirallers
A smoking embrace on one of the shop blinds, and that genius of surrealism, Dalí himself, with his pointy whiskers, by street artist Balu (who also did the pretty girl – anyone know who she is? – above).
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Dalí – Carrer Mirallers
While in Sant Antoni the other day to shoot photos for last Tuesday’s blogpost, I decided it was high time to take you to El Recibidor. You see, it has been here for a while now (in fact, one year) and is a fabulous shop to go get your vintage fix.
In a long space that is full of gorgeous pieces from the 50s 60s and 70s, sourced mainly from the UK and Germany, you are bound to find something you “need”. And at a very reasonable price too!
But it’s not only furniture you’ll find at El Recibidor, but fun paraphernalia also…
… as well as a fabulous selection of lamps, vases, record holders, perfume bottles and not to miss: superb posters from those wonderful years where quality and style were just that bit more interesting.
Be sure to pop in (El Recibidor is found on Carrer Viladomat 9) and have a wander among the many treasures you’ll find in this fab shop. And if you are in town on Saturday, make sure to go, for they will be celebrating their 1st anniversary with drinks and a contest. The best dressed (in 50s or 60s style) gets to win a selection of vintage goodies. Are you going to miss it?
El Recibidor opens from: Mon – Fri: 4pm – 8.30pm and Sat: 11am – 2pm + 4pm – 8.30pm
*** El Recibidor now also has an online shop! So pull out your credit card and buy those lovely items from the comfort of your (vintage) sofa: www.elrecibidor.com
Carrer Banys Vells
There is no colour that evokes Summer to me quite like the colour aqua does. And after yesterday’s post, in which so many details appeared in this lovely color, I was in the mood for more example of the colour of Summer.
Carrer Sant Francesc de Paula
Aqua is a crisp colour that appears to exude coolness, or like this glass, reminds of crystal clear waters in shallow parts of the sea lapping onto a sandy beach.
It is also the colour that sets off a suntan like no other colour does, especially for those (like me) who have eyes in green or blue tones.
Carrer Rera Palau
Carrer Santa Anna
Here’s an aqua reminder to myself that I need to get into shape, and (below) a reflection of my love for ice cream – that most summery of pleasures.
Passatge de Sant Bernat
Just two more days, and Summer will be officially here! Enjoy it to the max, everyone!
Antony Perkins – Carrer del Carne
Happy Monday! How about a hearty breakfast to kick-start the week? In Hong Kong (where I lived for 4 years) this would mean a bowl of congee, the main ingredient of which is rice. So let’s have some RICE for breakfast, shall we? Of the kind you can find on Barcelona’s streets.
Who’s that girl? – Carrer del Carme
RICE has been active and I found a few new stencils just the other day, all in El Raval. He or she (doesn’t anybody know anything about this artist?) appears to enjoy making stencil portraits of famous people. Such as these three… Have a wonderful week, everyone!
David Bowie – Plaça dels Àngels
Pretty parasol – Carrer del Pi
Lately I have been seeing pink everywhere. In magazines, shops, the clothes that people wear, and it was even the colour of a pretty girl’s hair! Barcelona goes pink too, just check out these snapshots from around town…
Hot socks – Carrer Grunyí
Delicate sgraffito – Carrer Minerva
Pink chick – Carrer Ciutat de Granada
Is it me, or is pink in fashion? In any event, and whether you like pink or not, have a wonderful weekend! If you are in Barcelona, enjoy Sónar!
Sunrise – Carrer Nou de la Rambla
Window 1 – Carrer Joaquin Costa
I believe a new street art form has made an appearance on Barcelona’s streets, for I have discovered a couple of places that have been wallpapered! Take these two neighboring shop windows on Carrer Joaquin Costa, all done up in yellow leopard print and apparently singing a little ditty. Rather fetching, right?
Window 2 – Carrer Joaquin Costa
Phone booths – Carrer de l’Or
And how about these completely wallpapered twin phone booths in Gràcia? Certainly looking much more interesting in yellow and black, and offering more privacy to their users (were it not that the phones are broken). In case someone missed the point of their ‘decorator’, one of the sides of this delightful example of street art clearly indicates that “this space is declared MINE”. Certainly done in a much nicer way than many of the tags around town, don’t you agree?
I declare this space MINE – Carrer de l’Or