Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Down the road to Spain...
Vers les influences catalognes...
A quick trip to Barcelona is a great weekend getaway or add-on if you're visiting
the south of France. It's only four hours from most southern cities, by
car or by train, and as we sailed down the autoroute on a bright
late fall day, we watched the
scenery change from our local garrigue to Mediterranean seaports all along
the coastline with the foothills of the Pyrenees tossed in the middle.
Barcelona is a marvelous city, teeming with energy and people, all of whom
seemed to be out and about starting their Christmas shopping. Tapas bars
on every street corner make dinner an unnecessary event, but if you do
decide to dine it'll have to be after 9pm, when the Catalonians
begin their evening meals.
But the most exciting find was the work of the
early 20th century architect, Gaudí, whose fantastical and art
nouveau-style designs mark Barcelona's distinction. We also happened on to
a street demonstration by the Union of Agricultural Workers, a lively and
good-spirited event in spite of the very serious situation faced by these
workers because of falling farm prices and rising fuel prices. Barcelona,
the capital of Catalonia, is a very lovely place to go, with good prices,
great food, and lots to see and do.
||Barcelona...home to Picasso,
Joan Miro, and Gaudi with his surreal architecture...here at the Perdrera
up on the roof with the Sagrada Familia cathedral in the background.
Below amidst the rooftop fantasias...
|A street demonstration by agricultural workers brings out
the "big guns" and men draped in the Catalonian flag...
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