Barcelona’s “Winter” Blues

Barcelona, a vibrant place. Its present as impressive as its past. A city drenched in the various shades of blue. Flying in over the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, welcomed by a skyline lit up in warm florescent light. A carpet covered in little dots that shape the map of this mesmerising place. All embedded in the deep dark blue of the night. A weekend away and my first trip to mainland Spain has me in awe of the city’s different shades of blue.

Walking down the narrow streets of the old Gothic quarter, as the sun casts its rays on the pavements and the icy blue of the winter sky makes a memorable appearance. The blue stain glass images reflecting in the organ of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia showcasing all variations of azure. The beautiful Blue Phase by Picasso, as I visit the museum dedicated to his great work to marvel at the wonderful collection. The Estelada Blava hanging from balconies and window panes, displaying the blue triangle encasing a five pointed star as a sign of Catalan independence.

For many I imagine this city represents the food and wine culture of Spain, it is an ambassador to the southern summer sun, symbolises independence and the struggle thereof and yet for me it presented itself in great calm and tranquility. A city that invites you to embrace the winter blues in all its form. A beautiful and mesmerising place and yes….the tapas and wine are definitely worth the trip…

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona
Gothic Quarter, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Organ, Sagrada Familia
Organ, Sagrada Familia

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