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Barcelona’s Gothic District, a photo essay and discovery tour

Barcelona Barrio Gothic- A photo essay

Barcelona Barrio Gothic- A photo essay

Barcelona’s Gothic District, a photo essay and discovery tour

Sometimes when I’ve just arrived in a new city, I love the initial rush of seeing a new and exciting place for the first time.

                                                                           It

                                                            is

                                         so

             exciting

     I’m finally here!

 

I drop my bags, and rush in into the metro station, quickly learn the transport structure and I’m off going to my first destination in this sparkling jewel called

    Barcelona

Outside of the metro, I follow signs on the buildings and head straight to the Gothic quarter or the ‘Barri Gotic’ as locals call

this

old central district.

There’s

so

much activity, music and performances on the street

I

stop a bit to get my bearings

and

listen

to

this performer

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A musician tucked in a quiet corner, engaging the audience with acoustic beats made with recycled instruments and his jazzy inflections and sultry Spanish voice.

I head out again, just

wondering…..

Viewing all the ancient buildings

mixed in

with

tourist tack

I

    follow

             some

                   jagged

                         and

                                narrow  ———————————- streets

   with

               many

             corridors

                             and

                           crooked

                  streets

                                            leading

                                     to

                                                              uncertain

                                    destinations

                                                 and

                                un-known

       places

                                                 I have yet to experience

  I spot many

                       delightful

                                   shops

                                                    filled

                                                                    with

                                                                             odd

                                                       curiosities

                                      and

                          treasures

       and

finally

        make

                   some

                               sense

                    of

               the

    crazy

  congested

streets

          and

                          happen

                                  into

                                                 this

                                                                   gorgeous

                                              space

                                                                                                                             a plaza

                 lined with

                     beautiful fountains

elegant cafes

      and grand architecture

Plaza Real in the Barrio Gothic

Plaza Real, click image for larger details

The square is filled with so many people and its not even dinner time

I think everyone

 is

                      visiting

                                           Barcelona

                                                                      on this beautiful day!

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 Cathedral details, click for a larger preview

 

I

walk

down

cobbled

streets

in no

particular

order

or direction

and look

at

all

the marvelous

architecture

wandering

aimlessly

with

a

smile

on

my

face 🙂

 

I look up to see the sky in between the narrow and tall structures, you can see amazing details of buildings and sculpture way up on the top!

 

This bridge connecting two old buildings is ornately decorated with delicate features, and human forms projecting horizontally into space and

COMMANDING ALL MY ATTENTION

I spend some time to admire them, observing every detail and character.

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 An ornate bridge with intricate details, click image a larger preview

 

Along side the two adjoining buildings

         are even more impressive sculptures

                                all horizontally placed like guardians

                                                                                      surveying and protecting the myriads of onlookers below.

 

Click on to enlarge and show details

 Horizontal saints are watching over you, click for larger details

I finally enter

with

the flock

into the massive cathedral

and….

it’s quite

Stunning!

 

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This has been a spectacular first foray into exciting Barcelona, I’m really looking forward to seeing what else is in store with this stunning and historic city. Its going to be a wonderful journey exploring every facet and detail to this city.

 

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11 Responses to Barcelona’s Gothic District, a photo essay and discovery tour

  1. Sophie A. August 14, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    I’ve browsed through your lovely site…you shared so many wonderful travel photos here, thank you. 🙂

    Spain is not the best perhaps, but is my favorite!

  2. Christa Thompson @ChristaTravels July 5, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Yip, Barcelona is an amazing animal for the eye.

  3. Kyna May 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    This was a fun read!

    • emorata1 May 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

      Thanks for the comments and glad you liked it.

  4. Hans Couwenbergh May 15, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Very enjoyable read – like getting the grand tour myself!

  5. calculatedtraveller May 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Amazing photography as always Noel….love how you set up your photo essays. It’s as if I’m walking side by side with you and I can read your mind…

    • emorata1 May 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      It was fun to do but difficult to work on with limited graphics capabilities on WP, maybe I’ll try something not so time consuming next time.

  6. chuckkuhn May 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    I’m actually planning to explore Barcelona, and was just looking at flights from San Francisco this am. I shall learn from you. Where are you staying, may I ask and $$ Tks

    • emorata1 May 14, 2013 at 12:22 am #

      I actually exchanged my home in Hawaii through Home exchange and it has been a great experience. Key is to find a central neighborhood that you can have access to the metro line.

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