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Squares + circles

13 May
Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça del Mar

Happy Monday! Every week is  like a new game on a board, where Mondays are square one, and we hop from one space on the board to the next, squares + circles, until we arrive at Sunday… This thought came to me while I spotted these decorative elements on several of Barcelona’s buildings, so I thought I’d share them with you today.

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça del Mar

Can you imagine playing hop-scotch on the walls of this building in the Born? Or moving checker pieces on the doors of the Santa Maria del mar?

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Santa Maria del Mar

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça Sant Miquel

The squares + circles on the City Hall building on Plaça de Sant Miquel would make for a wonderful playground to hop from one square to the next, or throw balls into the circles, don’t you think? How about we make this week into a game? It sounds more fun that way, doesn’t it? In any case, and whether you are game or not, have a wonderful week, everyone!

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça Sant Miquel

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Hillside views

28 Jan
Barcelona Cute Suite

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!

Bits of green

29 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Unripe oranges – Jardins Rubió i Lluch

Brrrrr! It’s cold in Barcelona all of a sudden (colder than I remember having experienced at this time in other years) so there is no doubt Autumn is here to stay! Nevertheless, there are still bits of green to be found around Barcelona, as you’ll see in these images…

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Unnatural green – Carrer Ripoll

I was delighted to spot the oranges last week, when I passed through the courtyard at Jardins de Rubió i Lluch on my way to the library, and I love the fake nature on the utility cabinet on Carrer Ripoll. All touches of green in a city are welcome, don’t you think?

These swirly elements of the sgraffito decoration on a building in Grácia, remind me of fresh salad leaves…

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Goin’ sailing

31 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Ship ahoy! – Via Laietana

Goin’ sailing, folks! Well, maybe I’ll be doing some sailing, maybe not. (I didn’t have any ‘gone fishing’-related images to share with you, hence my spin on that phrase.) What I’ll definitely be doing, is taking a break from the blog for a bit. To rest, recharge my batteries and prepare for an exciting new season which will bring changes! Yes, just you wait and see…

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Multi-tasking – Carrer Roger de Llúria

But don’t fret, I’m not abandoning the blog entirely! I’ll check in every now and then, to see if you’ve left me any comments or messages, and if I spot something on my lazy days that I think you must also see, I’ll be sure to share it with you.

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Twinkle twinkle

30 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Sgraffito stars – Plaça de l’Acadèmia

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Have you been watching the Olympics? Discovered any new (sports) stars you like? I thought it would be appropriate to start the week looking at the stars, albeit stars of a different nature, so here goes: twinkle twinkle!

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It’s an oldie! – Carrer de la Pietat

Pretty, isn’t it, this star which was hewn into stone at the back side of Barcelona’s cathedral? Or what about this golden one (below), crowned and all? Brings to mind thoughts of Russian soldiers, or images from the Chinese Cultural Revolution…

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No water needed

29 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Flower house – Carrer de l’Or

These days we’ve been hit by a heatwave in Barcelona (and many parts of Europe, in fact) and it is quite a task to keep my plants and flowers from wilting. But by watering them often they seem to be holding up OK. No water needed for these flowers! You can see why…

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Far East flower – Carrer Lleona

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Rusty was here…

17 Apr copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Ersame Janer

If you look carefully around Barcelona, you’ll be able to see evidence that Rusty was here… for he has left his mark on various buildings in many ways, but always in the marked colour scheme that is so obviously his. Here, let me show you…

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Façade decoration

6 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça de Santa Maria

When in Barcelona, you have probably noticed there is a lot of façade decoration going on. Carved stone ornaments, wrought iron railings and grilles… I’ve shown you some of these already, some even a couple of times, but one I haven’t dedicated a post to until now, is ‘sgraffito‘.

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