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LOOKING WITHOUT SEEING

I have been taking photographs in the streets of Barcelona for many years and have a collection of several thousand images. A few years ago, I started using these images to create greetings cards, notebooks, prints and other souvenirs.

MUSEUMS : ANTONI TAPIES FOUNDATION - BARCELONA

Antoni Tàpies was a Catalan painter and sculptor.

Tàpies’ early works were influenced by Paul Klee and Joan Miró but he went on to become an “informal” artist, using materials not usually associated with art in his creations. From the 1950s, he would add clay or marble dust to his paint and employ paper, string and rags in his works.

BUBBLE BLOWERS IN THE PARK

As in most cities, and supposing you haven’t got a “real” job, there are many ways to earn a few coins in Barcelona.

STREETS : ENTENÇA STREET

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FOOD & DRINK : HAVE LUNCH WITH ME IN BARCELONA

Yes, I know… everyone knows all about tapas… you can get them just about anywhere in Barcelona…. and you don’t need help!  You could be right. Unless, that is, you might like to enjoy tapas in a very small group at a Tapas Bar where I have been a customer for more than 20 years?

SIGHTSEEING : MONASTERY OF PEDRALBES - BARCELONA

The monastery of Pedralbes was founded by King James II of Aragon for his wife, Elisenda de Montcada, in 1326 and housed a community of nuns (Poor Clares), mostly members of noble families. The monastery was declared a national monument in 1991. 

CAFE ADONIS

CAFE ADONIS at Career Bailen 188, Barcelona.

STREETS : PADUA STREET

Wherever you go in Barcelona, you should always take your camera with you. You never know what you might find. Just the other day, I came across this modernist (Art Nouveau style) building in Pàdua Street (Carrer Pàdua).

SUPPORT FOR RESTORATION PROJECTS

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee reveals more than 30 sites on its “List of World Heritage Sites in Danger” but these are not the only ones at risk. There are many other architectural treasures throughout the world that need to be restored, preserved and maintained for future generations.

BOOKS : CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA by ILDEFONSO FALCONES

I am currently reading “Cathedral of the Sea” by Ildefonso Falcones; a wonderful book about the church of Santa Maria del Mar (Barcelona) and how it was built.