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  • Antonio Gaudí
  • Passeig de Gràcia
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  • The City Beach
  • At night

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  • Barcelona

    The beautiful capital of Catalonia

    Plaça Reial Barrí Gotic Sagrada Familia At night

    If I had to set a ranking list of the most beautiful cities of Europe, Barcelona would be on one of the top positions: a huge wonderful old town centre grown within the centuries, all sorts of great restaurants, a nightlife you donīt come across that often, with it comes a beach directly situated next to the inner city !

    Except for a quick glimpse of it while changing trains during an interrail journey as a teenager, the first time I had the chance to admire the Catalan capital was in May 1999. Our manager at the time had offered as a reward for a successful project a prolonged weekend either in Madrid or Barcelona; so we got here almost a fortnight before the infamous Champion League Finale, Sharp against Opel, sorry I mean FC Bayern - Manchester United. Everyone of us was thrilled   by the city, not by the match !

    The photographs are taken on my second visit in July 2001, as well a trip of only a few, though intense days. It is really enjoyable discovering this lovely city at daytime, then to finish off lying on the beach in the sun and savour the delicious tapas and cocktails in the bars of Passeig de Born in the late afternoon.

    The nights are long in Barcelona. And it is not without any reason that people take their sunglasses with them to the nightclubs. On their way home theyīll be in need of them. The sun by then will be high up the sky. Inbetween one meets again for a morning coffee at the corner Carrer Paris / Carrer Casanova. Anyway, the Nick Havanna is not at long distance.

    Just a few words ...

    about this page Unless the collage all on top, I havenīt placed the photographs into this text. They are arranged by topics and combined on the left marge of the page. Each group of photographs is explained and often there are further texts referring to the single picture by clicking on the small photograph to open it.
    on the language One cannot talk about Barcelona without mentioning a word about language. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and Catalan is a separate language. There had been a Catalan-German dictionary before a Spanish-German one existed. Today Catalá, the Catalan language, is being encouraged a lot by its hereditaries. All official inscriptions are in Catalan, school lessons are held in Catalan and one can see t-shirts with the Catalan flag on saying "we are 6 million". Of course Catalan and Spanish (better: castellano = Castilian) are very similar. Though, the language issue can indeed sometimes be a problem for immigrated civil servants, workers or police officers coming from Castile and from the South of Spain.

    Being only a tourist in Barcelona, I donīt even dream of trying to say anything in Catalan. For foreigners it is of course not a problem to address the people in Castilian.

    Still Iīll give all the names of streets, churches etc. in their Catalan name, ie Carrer instead of Calle, Plaça instaed of Plaza, Avinguda instead of Avenida, Església instead of Iglesia etc..

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