It is Friday and time for Jessica Norries post that is always interesting and this week is no exception. Jessica first visited Barcelona in 1979 only a few years after the country had been released from the hands of Franco.. She has visited several times since and comments on the vast changes between 1979 and 2004 and to today. A lovely visit to this cultural city of Spain and well worth you heading over to enjoy both the writing and the imagery. #recommended
Shade and sun, noise and…not much silence here in London where we still have intermittent NOISE unless I scream at the builders through the walls. For me the sounds were more harmonious last week in Barcelona, so here’s a post about what I’ve heard and seen there, over the years.
Sun, shade and building, from Park Guell
I first visited Barcelona in November 1979 with a student friend. Our filthy train rumbled down from Paris for ten hours. We dozed upright and stepped over recumbent bodies in the aisle to get to the unspeakable loo. The track gauge changed at the border so we had to take another even worse train, arriving sleepless with grit filled eyes. We found a room in a narrow alley off the Ramblas, not because it was billed as “quaint” (it wasn’t, then), but because it was cheap. It looked onto a high blank wall…
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