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.
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
Outside of the metro, I follow signs on the buildings and head straight to the Gothic quarter or the ‘Barri Gotic’ as locals call
old central district.
much activity, music and performances on the street
stop a bit to get my bearings
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
Viewing all the ancient buildings
narrow ———————————- streets
I have yet to experience
I spot many
and grand architecture
- Plaza Real, click image for larger details
The square is filled with so many people and its not even dinner time
I think everyone
on this beautiful day!
Cathedral details, click for a larger preview
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.
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.
Horizontal saints are watching over you, click for larger details
I finally enter
into the massive cathedral
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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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!
Yip, Barcelona is an amazing animal for the eye.
This was a fun read!
Thanks for the comments and glad you liked it.
Very enjoyable read – like getting the grand tour myself!
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…
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.
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
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.