Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: The Luberon

The first day of hiking began in Lacoste and ended in Menerbes.  It this region is good enough for Peter Mayle, Pierre Cardin and the Marquis de Sade, it is good enough for me.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Avignon

Yesterday I took a train from Barcelona to Avignon, where I had a good dinner and spent the evening.

There was time to take a photograph of Le Pont d'Avignon, the 12th century bridge
that once -- but no longer-- crossed the Rhone.

And, the Pope's Palace.

From here, there will be six days of hiking in Provence and Costa Brava.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Traveling with Siri

I can't say I immediately recognized the voice, but once you know, you hear it every time she speaks.  Atlanta-based voice artist Susan Bennett was another guest in the group with which I traveled around Barcelona this past week.  She was the original voice of iPhone's Siri.  You also hear Susan making Delta's airport gate announcements.  And she is heard promoting Coca Cola,
McDonalds and a host of other companies, products and services.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Last Day in Barcelona

The day was a bit rainy, but it did not deter your intrepid photographer from his appointed rounds.

 Parc Güell is a failed hilltop housing development designed by Antoni Gaudi for his patrons,
the Güell family.  It is now a park.

The terrace atop Antoni Gaudi's La Pedrera feels like it belongs in one of those
old movies about invaders from Mars.

La Boqueria is an amazing market for fresh and prepared foods, just off La Rambla.
It is crawling with tourists, none of whom have the means to cook the fresh food.

So many tourists photograph the workers of La Boqueria that I suspect many get tired of it.

A Marilyn Monroe impersonator swirls to attract visitors to the Erotic Museum on La Rambla.

You have never seen so many pigeons.  Just some of the swarm at Plaça de Catalunya.

On to Provence!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Girona

There was a bus ride to Girona, a town in Catalonia an hour and a half northeast of Barcelona.

Bridges and colorful buildings reflect in the river.
I am linking today's post with Weekend Reflections.

The cathedral is visible from a bridge with bright red supports. 

Two Chinese girls asked me to photograph them on the bridge.  
I did a test shot with my own camera before doing it for them with their cameras.

A local tradition gives good luck to people who climb a pole and kiss the butt of a lion statue.
Honest.  I wouldn't make it up.

Catalans are pushing for a referendum on independence.  The central government and courts oppose.

 I look for images that include the name of the city.

 Girona has a nice promenade lined with shops and restaurants on each side.

The old and impressive Tapestry of Creation is a feature of the museum of the Girona cathedral.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: More Barcelona

A hodge lodge of photographs from walking around Barcelona.

I saw two paintings by this immensely talented but anonymous street artist.

A statue of Francesc Cambo, a conservative Catlonian politician of the first half of the 20th century.

An informal memorial at the site of the terrorist murders in La Rambla.

When most citizens were illiterate, a bust of a woman indicated that prostitutes were available.

Somewhere in the Born district.

A building with an otherwise traditional design surprises with pushpins dotting the façade.

Four details from Casa Battlõ, a modernist (art nouveau) building by Antoni Gaudi.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Out of the Jurisdiction: Sagrada Familia

Everyone who goes to Barcelona goes to see Antoni Gaudi's cathedral, La Sagrada Familia.
I went on Monday (the day before it was evacuated after some rumors of 
planned terrorist activity that didn't occur)

And everyone takes photographs of the cathedral, too, so the world is swarming with images.
 I hesitated about adding to the photographic clutter.

I'm not sure my own contributions will be especially noteworthy, but since I was there on the
Catalan Independence Day, the Catalan flag was more conspicuous that it probably is on other days.