Thursday, June 23, 2016
A Long, Fun, Hot Day in Barcelona with Friends
Thursday, 23 June, 2016:
This promised to be a fun day as I was scheduled to meet three Rio Mesa H.S. teachers (Shi Young Kim, Joan Reilly and Sandra Tchiprout) who were chaperoning 30 recent RMHS graduates on a whirlwind tour of Spain, France and Italy over their first two weeks of Summer vacation.
First up though was breakfast
at La Boqueria Mercat Sant Josep
No, I'll pass on these
Much more to my liking
Breakfast with Juan
at the Pinotxo Bar
With a cafe con leche, a slice of tortilla Española and a chucho in my system, I was ready to face the heat!
On to the Basilica of
Santa Maria del Pi
A good church to start the day
The BVM otra vez
Death NEVER takes a holiday
I wonder what these gargoyles
look like when it rains?
A Dapper Dandy
It looked inviting
Nope, I settled for . . .
. . . my second CCL of the day
I'm not sure
Koreen FitzGerald is newly
retired from her duties at Rio Mesa
Give me a B . . .
Give me an A . . .
That reminds me, I'll be back in Camarillo, California in a week!
These tiles made up the above mosaic
Gaudi's Sagrada Familia is something else altogether.
The Cathedral looks sturdy
A Bishop taking a big sleep
The BVM yet again
St. George or San Jorge or
Sant Jordi depending on you language
I memory of 930 priests and nuns
who died as martyrs during the
Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
A different view of the Cathedral
Laurie did not light any of these
Mercat de Santa Caterina
Random lunch diners
Palau de la Música Catalana
The Cathedral in the distance
What's this exhibit?
I better enter to find out.
A nice garden fountain led me to . . .
. . . an exhibit on women during the
Spanish Civil War
Not a shock as Barcelona was heavily Republican, definitely not Donald Trump Republican, during the Civil War.
More random lunch diners
I like yellow leaves
A small protest parade marched
by on Las Ramblas, maybe 100 people
Lots of non-demonstrators on a
sunny Las Ramblas today too
One of Barri Gòtic's many
Plaça Sant Felip Neri
On January 30th, 1938, the Italian Air Force, on behalf of Spain's Nationalist leader and fellow Fascist Francisco Franco dropped bombs on this square.
48 people died in this air raid
I plan on seeing people actually build some of these castells on Saturday afternoon.
Lunch at the Taverna Basca Irati
This is where I caught up to Rio Mesa's Finest.
From L. to R.: Sandra Tchiprout, me, Joan Reilly, Kathy (Joan's sister who is not an RMHS teacher) and Shi Young Kim
Shi Young and Sandra in
Welcoming sign at the
Palau de la Generalitat
With Shi Young and Sandra
after visiting the marvelous
Picasso Museum with their students
No photos allowed and I opted to be a good adult role model to the kids.
Let's look at Plaça de Catalunya's
many Fountains and Sculptures
Keep your bovine on a leash
"Yes, I do lift."
It was hot and I wanted to join her
Pigeons on Plaça Catalunya
Steady . . .
Sant Joan Festival
It ties in with the Summer Solstice and is a great excuse to shoot off fireworks in an unsafe and insane way all night long!
Kids just having fun
Back to La Boqueria
for more refreshing juices
How many pictures of Palau Güell's
artwork have I taken over the years?
Cool hotel at night
Plaça Reial eateries
San Jordi and the Dragon
It stood about six feet tall or I would have bought it.
L.A. Rams fan in Barcelona
A GREAT day indeed! I will hook up with the RM crowd again tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. for a visit to Anton Gaudi's Sagrada Familia where photos are encouraged.
Oh, by the way, I walked a bit on Thursday.