Scene in Spain, #17

Soooooo. Yes, it’s been quite a while since I posted a Spain entry and I have a good reason for it. I was stumped. My next chronological step would be to post my photos for Sagrada Família in Barcelona… and honestly it’s overwhelming. So so get over this hurdle I’ve decided I’ll just pick a few and post them and move on. It’s an incredibly complex building that is still under construction and I can’t imagine how long it would take to actually see it all. Many of these were taken “blind” – I was using my husband to steady my camera with my longer lens on it, aiming, and hoping. Turned out a significant number of them were decent shots.

By the way, it turns out pigeons have little respect for architecture…

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Scene in Spain, #13

One of the things I love about traveling is seeing wildlife out and about that here I would have to see in a wildlife preserve of some sort. In Barcelona, that was green parrots. I followed them around like a little kid.

spotting them in green trees was tricky at first

spotting them in green trees was tricky at first

here's looking at you!

here’s looking at you!

of course, when I got close, he decided to get shy...

of course, when I got close, he decided to get shy…

Scene in Spain, #12

After our adventure watching the motorbikes get towed, we made our way to Montjuïc (recommended by many, and it did not disappoint).

Heading up the hill to the fountains

Heading up the hill to the fountains

the sound was a nice as the view

the sound was a nice as the view

I gave my husband the camera so here is a rare photo of me in Spain!

I gave my husband the camera so here is a rare photo of me in Spain!

The views on top of the hill were amazing.

The views on top of the hill were amazing.

Inside the building on top was an art museum, and this is the ceiling in the lobby/entrance.

Inside the building on top was an art museum, and this is the ceiling in the lobby/entrance.

Inside the exhibit was this Dali (non-flash photography was allowed)

Inside the exhibit was this Dali (non-flash photography was allowed)

I have to admit, the thing I recall most was being entertained by the pigeons on this statue...

I have to admit, the thing I recall most was being entertained by the pigeons on this statue…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scene in Spain, #11

We set out the next day and found lovely green spaces and interesting architecture as we walked to the metro station.

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IMG_3156We sat down at a cafe for a bit, because there was something very surprising and entertaining going on. Two motorbikes were apparently parked illegally, and a very specialized truck came along to tow them – but what it does is harness the bikes and lift them high in the air to be secured to the truck!

IMG_3159IMG_3160As we watched, fascinated by the whole process, a woman walked up – apparently one of the bikes was hers. She talked them into giving it back to her – but I suspect she is still paying a fine…

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