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.

IMG_3155However this version of an “Arch of Triumph” – while pretty – is not quite as impressive as the one in Paris:

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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Scene in Spain, #10

After we took a fast train ride from Madrid to Barcelona we got to our new hotel. This was the amazing view from one of the windows:

IMG_3141Looking the other direction we could see this:

IMG_3143In the middle is Sagrada Familia – more on that in a future post…

Then we went walking – here are a couple of photos from that first wander with no destination in mind:

IMG_3151 IMG_3150After this we stopped for a while and decided to make a plan. I reached out to several friends I know had been to Barcelona and they gave a number of suggestions, which guided our adventures in the upcoming days. More soon!

 

 

 

Scene in Spain, #8

I’ve been very neglectful. Sorry about that! To make up for it here are a ton of photos from the botanical gardens in Madrid. Turns out they have a massive bonsai collection that is super impressive. There are a couple of random flowers and some future tequila thrown in for good measure. It was a lovely place. Unfortunately the bonsai are against a green-ivy fence which makes it difficult to get good photos. I did my best!

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Scene in Spain, #6

We went walking in another direction, rather randomly, in Madrid. We ran into one of many many roundabouts with fountains. This one featured Neptune and I waited and timed the photo to get it without cars. I’m rather pleased by that.

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Across the street from Neptune there was a shop ostensibly selling art, but that art looked a lot like tacky souvenirs to us. However, we enjoyed the storefront with all the statues watching the people walking by (if I knew how to stitch this into one long shot I would – you’ll have to do that mentally):

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Scene in Spain, #5

Outside the Crystal Palace in Parque del Retiro was a large pond. There were many ducks, and so obviously I took pictures. SPANISH DUCKS.

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It took a bit before we realized the pond was filled with turtles. And so of course I took more pictures. SPANISH TURTLES!

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After a long walk around the park we stopped at one of the many cafes for a bite to eat. I finally had the first of many glasses of sangria. We were entertained by the little bowls of potato chips that were a normal item handed out (much like a bowl of nuts I suppose, but still…)

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