I was in Spain this spring and while walking across the Puerta del Sol in Madrid I passed a metro entrance covered by a glass dome. There were reflections of the surrounding buildings that I really liked.
Although it looks stormy the clouds were actually thinning out and blue sky was visible. I stopped to take another picture from a different side of the dome.
Later I noticed that my red camera is in the bottom right hand corner of the picture. Although it was unexpected I think that it makes a nice souvenir showing I was really there!
One of the most interesting places I visited in Barcelona was La Boqueria. The displays of fruits and vegetables were very appealing and many were in layers. I had a difficult time deciding what to buy.
Neatly stacked oranges
quite a variety
I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of flowers this year and they are a welcome sight. It started in January when I was in Seattle. Although it was winter there were buckets of flowers at Pike Place Market. In late April I took a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in time to see some dainty wildflowers growing along the trail. Next I saw cheerful flowers in Barcelona followed by late spring blooms in Paris. And just recently I was in Maine. Even though flowers differ by season and climate they are always beautiful.
Pike Place Market in January
springtime in Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
May in Barcelona
Paris flower with a bee…
Maine in July
A colorful flower display in Maine:
When I was in Barcelona I took a day trip to Montserrat. It was quite an adventure going up the mountain and there were a lot of visitors. I was careful to stay on the sidewalks and not look down too much but I really admired this view.
Here are more pictures for this week’s theme.
I was so busy walking and looking at the sights of Madrid that I didn’t notice it was lunchtime. There were lots of food choices and eventually I decided get a gelato. Once I had made my selection it was carefully placed in the holder. Dessert before lunch is a good idea.
Here are more examples.
I like to take pictures of signs wherever I go. Sometimes I use them as a way to retrace my steps so I won’t get lost. Other times they are charming or unique. I must have been hungry when I took these pictures because there are several food signs. I was trying to decide between lunch or dessert. That’s when I saw the sign for a gelato shop.
a colorful sign
time for a ham sandwich
a very busy market…
ice cream and other treats
an impressive sign
a beautiful place for a stroll
There are signs on this building too.
When I was in Barcelona I wanted to see the architecture of Gaudi. One place I went was to the Casa Batlló and spent a good deal of time in each room and outdoor space. There were colorful and whimsical shapes throughout the house and many of them featured curves.
I had heard of La Boqueria before going to Barcelona so I noticed the entrance sign while walking along La Rambla. There were people everywhere buying – and selling – vegetables, fruit, candy, and other interesting items. The next afternoon I went there again and when it was time to close vendors began reducing the prices. I ended up with a coconut drink (like a smoothie) and a container of watermelon with a tiny fork for half the regular price. I continued to look around and these were some of the colorful sights.
fruit for sale