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9 years…

18 Mar
Barcelona Cute Suite 9 years in Barcelona

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Happy Monday! I am celebrating today! Why, you ask? Well, today it is 9 years since I arrived in Barcelona! So I thought I’d share with you some images from my archives and reflect on these past years…

There have been many visits to the beach, to enjoy the sun and chill as well as gaze our at the horizon to calm stormy thoughts, and walk along the promenade in all kinds of weather.

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Carrer Notariat

It has rained, sometimes incredibly heavily, and there have been tears every now and then when things got a little too overwhelming, or when joy made my eyes brim with the salty stuff.

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Carrer Nou de la Rambla

Many gorgeous sunrises and sunsets have been enjoyed, and the spectacle of fluffy, multi-coloured clouds documented from my former home on Carrer Nou de la Rambla. (I still miss that stunning view!)

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W Hotel

But all in all, of these past 9 years, the balance is positive, and there are many days when Barcelona offers me bliss! :)

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

On a rainy day…

5 Mar
Román Yñán at Openhouse Gallery

Intimate shots

What better to do on a rainy day such as today, than tuck yourself up indoors and snuggle with your nearest and dearest? Well, there is an alternative, actually, and that is to go and see a very intimate collection of photos by Román Yñán at the Openhouse Gallery.

Román Yñán at Openhouse Gallery

Still life

Román Yñán at Openhouse Gallery

Then and now

The collection is titled “Hola me llamo Romàn y hago fotos a mi familia” (hello my name is Román and I take photos of my family) and invites us to reflect on the fact that although we are all different and lead different lives, in essence we all are the same, and this is often visible through our family snaps.

Román Yñán at Openhouse Gallery

Party time

Román Yñán at Openhouse Gallery

Holidays

As my photos do not do this lovely collection any justice, I suggest you contact either Román Yñán or Openhouse Gallery (part of Openhouse project) to arrange a private viewing. The exhibit will be on for a while yet, but you don’t want to miss this one, so go see it!

Román Yñán at Openhouse Gallery

Román Yñán surrounded by his family

For more information about Román Yñán’s work, check out his website, and for updates subscribe to his Facebook page. To keep up-to-date on all things Openhouse, go to the Openhouse Project site and to their Facebook page.

Red hot!

15 Feb
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Carrer Badajoz

Isn’t red a gorgeous colour? Depends on which shade you are thinking… fair enough! Let’s stick to shades of red hot today and see what examples can be found around Barcelona…

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Carrer de Sant Antoni dels Sombrerers

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Carrer Martínez de la Rosa

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Caixa Forum

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FGC Plaça Catalunya

What do you think? Good selection? Do you like red? Which is your favourite shade? I like them all, but my heart goes out to Pippi!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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Carrer Torrijos

It’s Barcelona (skate) Baby!

6 Feb
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Plaça del Mar

By now you’ve probably sussed that this week’s theme is all about skateboards and skaters and therefore images of the latter just had to be included. I decided to ask Josep Piella whose blog  It’s Barcelona, Baby!  I have been following for quite some time, and whose work I admire greatly. He kindly allowed me to choose images from the blog that I found relevant, and here they are: It’s Barcelona (skate) Baby!

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Platja de Sant Sebastià

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Plaça Catalunya

Josep’s photography is top-notch, and I love the way he portrays Barcelona and its inhabitants so very vividly.

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Plaça dels Àngels

He has a keen sense of style and a great eye, and captures details and people (especially in action) beautifully.

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It’s Barcelona, Baby! has many images of skaters doing their thing and it was not easy to make a selection. There were images that portrayed skaters doing flips and all sorts of cool stuff, but often they were shot in warmer times of the year. So finally I decided to go with those images of skaters that are more appropriate for the current season. I hope you like my choices.

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La Rambla

Thanks for allowing me to share your images, Josep! I’m delighted to finally be able to dedicate a post to your images and blog!

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It’s Barcelona, Baby!

All photos are copyrighted by Josep Piella. Do check out It’s Barcelona, Baby! and also his Facebook page for his latest posts – you won’t regret it!

Hillside views

28 Jan
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Steep street with stools

On a Carrer Margarit at the base of Montjuïc, there are some interesting hillside views. This part of the street is so steep, that dotted on its sidewalk are a bunch of metal stools, for people to take a seat and catch their breath, as they make their way up to the higher levels of this small mountain.

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Pretty in pink

One such stool stands in front of a house, all pretty in pink and covered in pale green sgraffito details plus ditto blinds, that is only two floors high.

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Green details

Swirly foliage and pretty flowers grace the walls of this lovely home and the door is daintily carved with ethereal shapes that merely hint at some kind of flowers. Its knocker, much more voluptuous, invites to tap tap and ask to be invited in to see what more beauty lies in store within the walls of this gracious house.

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Knock knock

If an invitation isn’t forthcoming, then we can only resign ourselves to enjoy whatever other hillside views this spot has to offer…

Not as pink perhaps, but certainly not too bad either, for in the distance lies a prize: the glorious Sagrada Familia with its turrets and cranes pointing up to the sky.

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In the distance…

Dear readers, I have a busy week ahead, with birthday celebrations and visits from family and friends. So I am going to have a mini holiday and enjoy myself and give my loved ones the attention they deserve. But not to worry! I’ll be back on Monday next week, and hope to delight you then with more Barcelona loveliness. Have a great week, everyone!

Black and white romantics

21 Jan
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Ronda de Sant Antoni

Happy Monday! I’m starting off the week with some black and white romantics, found on several doorways around Ciutat Vella.

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Carrer de la Lleona

I believe most of these paste-ups were done by the same artist, but I can’t be sure. Does any of you know?

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Avinguda Francesc Cambò

This one here, at Avinguda Francesc Cambò, could serve as inspiration for a pretty dazzling carnival outfit, and shouldn’t be too difficult to make…

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Carrer Fonollar

Quite a different style from other street art, and a welcome addition, in my opinion. If anybody knows who the artist is, please let me know.

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Carrer Cecs de Sant Cugat

Have a great week, everyone! I have some very artsy posts in store for you, so make sure you check them out!

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Carrer Cecs de Sant Cugat

Lives on the Route

7 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Invitation to travel…

Today I am inviting you to travel, to observe some lives on the route. Do you like the sound of that? It’s going to be  a short trip, a trip to Kowasa, a shop on Carrer Mallorca 235 that specialises in photography books, and which regularly hosts photography exhibits.

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Lives on the Route

Yesterday evening saw the opening of an exhibition of photos by Federico Frangi, who travelled almost 6,000 km on a motorbike (!!) from Delhi to the kingdom of Bhutan, all the way across Nepal and Sikkim, to record snippets of daily life there with his 35 mm and medium format (analog) Rollei cameras.

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Snippets of daily life

Originally from Argentina, Federico has been a Barcelona resident for many years, and worked for quite some time as a graphic designer. But since  a motorcycle trip in the Northern part of India (Ladhak) in 2009 he has dedicated himself exclusively to photography.

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An empty plot

17 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

What’s this?

Last week, while I was taking photos around the Born, I stumbled on an empty plot on Carrer Canvis Nous. The plot itself is no news, for it has been empty for as long as I have lived in Barcelona. But what was a great surprise, is what I found…

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How fun!

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BCN @ Home – Openhouse Gallery

9 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Follow the arrow

Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I’m kick starting the week with a post about a new gallery that opened recently. It is the Openhouse Gallery and is found in the home of  Andrew Trotter (of Openhouse) and his flatmate Mari Luz Vidal, the photographer with whose project “Mariona y Yo” the gallery has launched its first exhibition. The gallery is the first in a series of projects that the Openhouse Project is launching this Summer and later in the year. Let’s check it out, shall we?

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Down the long corridor

The photos have been displayed tastefully around the home of these two very creative people, and follow a particular order…

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Two in One

4 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Peu de la Creu 25

In a city where, due to the current economy (among others), many shops are closing their doors and being replaced by the high street giants of our global world, it is very refreshing to see new, and different businesses open their doors. Today I have one such venture to share with you, a two in one shop, located on Carrer Peu de la Creu 25.

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Vintage and more

The two are Grey Street and Satan’s Coffee Corner. The one is the lovely shop space they have found on this leafy street not far from the MACBA. Don’t miss the slideshow (and more info) after the page break!

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