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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 26, 2014: Big City, Small Details

1-P1000220eBarcelona is noted for its modernist architecture, with works by Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and others giving the city an exuberant image; the buildings are highly decorated and interestingly shaped.


Part of our love for Barcelona comes from the decorative touches that appear all over, as you walk, wait for a bus, or just sit and relax. Above, sidewalk tiles on the Via Laetana; below a few more, including exuberant street decoration for a neighborhood festival in the Gracia section.


For a view of more Barcelona architecture, take a look at Gumbo's blog on Barcelona's "Other Architect."








On a return visit last summer, we were walking to dinner in Gracia, and found these and more decorations on houses and streets; blocks compete with each other in annual celebrations.





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Unbelievable density...unimaginable to me to live in such a tight space.


It started a discussion here at home on the viability of cities, whether we could, with Marge Piercy, look forward to a future where cities do not exist—or to a future where, free of some of the economic and political structures of today, we could guarantee cities that are a pleasure to live in.


In the meantime...I wish I could be in London to see these pictures at gallery size.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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