Take a trip northwards along the coast out of Barcelona, and you’ll enter a different world. You’ll trade Tourist Central for pleasant, ordinary towns where people can just get on with life. You’ll only hear Catalan and Spanish in the streets, and souvenir shops or restaurants with tourist menus and helpful pictures and translations into several languages are unknown.
The town just before our daughter-and-family’s is El Masnou, and we recently enjoyed a stroll around after a long lazy lunch there. Old and new, high-rise and low rise all live together in a congenial hotch-potch. There’s a harbour, as shown in the feature photo, and pleasant squares with Modernista villas once built for sea-captains.
And of course there’s street art … such as a series of images of women, whom I ought to recognise, but don’t …
… and any number of images with an axe to grind …
Or not ..
And then just a couple of others, near a disused factory, with a building site beyond …
… before finishing up in a square outside the church shown above, looking out at the Mediterranean, with Barcelona on the skyline at the right. And with an image of the winter, summer, autumn and winter painted on one of the walls.
Actually, I’m cheating. The photo at the bottom was taken on a January day when the sun was absent.
For John’s Lens-Artists Challenge #249
and Natalie’s Photographing Public Art
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