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Exploring the streets of Barcelona – Photo Essay

One of the best – and cheapest – things to do in Barcelona is to just walk around and get a little lost in its beautiful streets. These photos were taken in Central Barcelona, almost all in the Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic) and El Born/La Ribera districts. These two districts were home to my favourite streets – a little quieter and full of art, character and beautiful buildings. I spent an fantastic afternoon just discovering all the beautiful nooks and crannies, and here’s what I found…

Form and structure

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The streets are narrow, the buildings tall. They act like blinkers.

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The angles of the doors and balconies dominate the view.

Barcelona Balconies and plants

Balconies outnumber pedestrians. Plants outnumber balconies.

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The end of each corner holds a mystery.

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Some corners seem untouched.

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Delicate lights line the streets.

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The People

But it’s the glimpses of the lives within these streets;

from masses of hanging laundry;

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to a carelessly parked vespa;

Barcelona vespa-1

and finally to the people themselves;

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that make for the most vibrant photos of all.

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