After finishing up our exploration of Barri Gòtic, we headed back to our little apartment, ready to get off our feet and get some sleep. That concluded our first “day” in Barcelona, but I did want to share a few other photos and videos with you that didn’t quite fit in with the others.
This first group is from the Barcelona Cathedral/La Seu (Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia) and the wall immediately attached to it. The church was built around the 14th century, though the Gothic style facade was not added until the 19th century. We didn’t tour the inside the first day, but we did get to explore a bit later.
This was taken from the sardana of the theater. There was a crowd gathered for the Festa de Sant Roc, which has been celebrated since 1589. I tried researching a little bit more about this festival and why it has been so important to Barcelona, but the common history is different than what I could find for Barcelona history, so I am not entirely sure. I believe that structure, made up of many small crosses, has to do with the Saint’s unusual cross shaped birthmark on his chest.
I just thought this was kind of cool. This is at the mansion Casa de l’Arcadia, which was formerly the archdeacon’s home and is now used as the city archives. This little thing is the mail slot, carved in the 19th century.
Another random shot, this is my attempt at getting a photo of one of the many Barcelona garbage trucks. The trash collector hops out, tips the full trash cans into his portable rubber bucket, and dumps that into the back of his garbage trucks where it is then crushed/compacted. I’m sure there are bigger vehicles in the rest of the city, but I saw these tiny trucks everywhere in the pedestrian areas. At our apartment at night, we just put the trash bags against the walls in the alley. In the morning, all the trash had been collected. There were no large dumpster or community trash cans like there are in the USA. I suppose it’s because there are so many people in such a small space, not every residence can have their own trash can, plus the streets are so narrow, I don’t think there would be any room for them.
This is a shot of us at the buttresses behind the La Seu. I got a Dutch? tourist to take our picture. Jesse was nervous they were going to steal our camera. 🙂
A monument to the Martyrs of Independence, five men who resisted Napoleon’s occupation in the early 1800s. They gave their lives for their God, their country, and their king. Celebrations of freedom and independence seemed to be a very common theme throughout Barcelona. Catalonians are filled with much pride and it will be interesting to see what happens with the succession movement that seems to be gaining momentum.
The church of Sant Felip Neri, where Antoni Gaudí attended. The base of it is still damaged from bombs deployed during the Civil War, intended for a nearby government building.
Carrer del Bisbe Bridge, similar to the Bridge of Sighs, was built in 1920s to connect the Catalan government building with the Catalan president’s ceremonial residence.
Just up the street from there, we walked past these fun street musicians.
A selfie from the Plaça del Rei.
And lastly, on our way back we decided to listen one last time to the singer in the courtyard.
I think that pretty much summarizes the rest of our very long day!