Category Archives: Barcelona

Our Walk through Barcelona’s Eixample District, Part Two

It was fifty years after Ildefons Cerda laid our his 520-block grid for the new Eixample district and the rich people of Barcelona decided to build their mansions on Passeig de Gracia, once a lonely road that ran from the … Continue reading

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Our Walk through Barcelona’s Eixample District, Part One

It was the middle of the 19th century and Barcelona couldn’t breathe. The city got so big and so crowded and the people got so sick that the Queen in Madrid finally gave them permission to tear down the city’s … Continue reading

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MM 2-46: Barcelona Metro

One day during our visit to Barcelona last Fall we walked to the Metro Station below Placa de Catalunya to take the L7 to Tibidabo. We only had to wait a few minutes for our train which was enough time … Continue reading

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Hiking on Montserrat

It wasn’t much of a walk — 40 minutes, mostly uphill, and then 20 minutes back, mostly downhill. But my hike from the monastery to St Michael’s Cross was the highlight of the four hours we spent on Montserrat last … Continue reading

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MM 2-45: A High Key Look at Barcelona

For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge I decided to experiment with the High Key 2 Preset (# 8) of the Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in to Adobe Lightroom.  I took this photo the day last October when we toured … Continue reading

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More on the Monastery at Montserrat

We spent four hours visiting the monastery at Montserrat one day during our week-long stay in Barcelona last October. In my previous posting (see here) I concentrated on the photos I took  of the Black Madonna and the Boys’ Choir … Continue reading

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The Black Madonna of Montserrat

Her official name is Mare de Deu de Montserrat (Mother of God of Montserrat) but most Catalans call her “La Moreneta (the little dark-skinned one)” and Pope Leo XIII appointed her the patron saint of Catalonia in 1881. Most tourists … Continue reading

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MM 2-42 The View from Montserrat in Monochrome

On our day-trip visit to Montserrat from Barcelona last Fall I went on a hike to an overlook called St Michael’s Cross. I was about half-way there  — about twenty minutes from the monastery — when I took this picture … Continue reading

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MM 2-41: Montserrat in Monochrome

I have been working on the photos I took that one day last October when we visited the monastery at Montserrat and I thought that perhaps one of them would look nice in monochrome and so I picked this one … Continue reading

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The Black Bus to Montserrat

“The bus stops right across the street,” the Tourist Information receptionist told me. “And it leaves promptly at 8:30 so get there by at least 8:15. And don’t forget it’s a black bus.” I memorized everything she said, including the … Continue reading

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