Post by Lynn and Paul Henni
2 – A selection of general city shots from our trip to Barcelona earlier this year, following on from our Streets & People post, with more to follow in our Sagrada Familia post.
Again, the narrow streets create wonderful contrasts and pools of light.
In stark contrast to the surrounding gothic and modernist architecture, El Corte Ingles is a brutal, domineering building built in 1962 towards the end of Franco’s rule.
The stunning Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion was designed as the German national pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. The glass, steel and marble construction is a fabulous example of the Modern Movement.
The pavilion contains Georg Kolbe’s striking bronze sculpture, Dawn. It is perfectly placed to reflect in water, glass and marble.
We were lucky enough to time our visit so the statue’s arms are shielding the face from the sun.
I loved the juxtaposition of the curved statue reflecting against the rigid geometry of the building.
We passed the Fundació Joan Miró – this sculpture offers a bit of a contrast to the Kolbe.
Ah, I can’t pass by a Sombreria without snatching a quick shot.
The old Mercat del Born is the largest covered square in Europe according to Wikipedia and marks the start of the Catalan modernism architecture. Its beautiful, tranquil and cool interior makes a relaxing refuge from the heat of Barcelona’s streets (and it has a cafe and a loo!). More importantly, after years of neglect, the building has gone through prolonged renovation, in the course of which, the ruins of medieval streets, houses, bars and shops from the defeat of Catalunya during the War of Spanish Succession were uncovered.
After a few days trekking round Barcelona, it is good to get out of the town on Las Golondrinas. After a trip out the harbour and along the Barceloneta front, the boats take you round the industrial bit of of the docks.
Finally, a colourful parillada – grilled lobster, cuttlefish, langostinos, gambas and mussels. El Rey de Gamba is an institution – it’s busy, bold and brash but the seafood is excellent and pretty good value given the location near the harbour.