I know Barcelona city quite well now, I've been here a while. I love Barcelona, it still has a feeling of 'wilderness' about it. That feeling was squashed out of most cities during the 20th century. But Barcelona still has neglected areas of historic importance, as I discovered during my recent exploration around Montjuïc, an area south-west of the main city centre &, according to online information, has within it's lofty boundaries an abundance of uniquities. I won't go into the history of the area, as you can read that for yourself via the link above, but I will furnish you with some photographs captured during my initial probe of this undulating barri.
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I set out with water & chocolate to sustain me throughout my expedition. I navigated by sight alone, as Montjuïc is, at 184 metres high, easily visible from the surrounding lowland area of the city, & followed the signs for the castle, as such a fortification usually offers a decent array of interesting photographic aspects. This is not the case though with this rather low-key & unimaginative complex. I decided not to pay to get into the inner areas of the building, & so skirted its perimeter, taking in the surrounding views. It was a perfect day for cycling, just like almost every day in Barcelona at this time of year. Diamond blue skies, cool breeze, gorgeous sunshine, & cycle lanes when you can't be bothered to keep up with the traffic.
Montjuïc is also accessible by funicular, cable car & bus.
Having decided to skirt the perimetre of the fortification & take in the surroundings views, I found myself overlooking the coast & Barcelona's industrial port zone.
Having circumnavigated the castle perimetre by foot, I arrived back at the bike park & re-mounted my sleek machine in search of more interesting photographic fodder. Hurtling down roads & scooting along dirt paths I stopped periodically, dismounting to capture a few cityscapes that caught my imagination.
Towards the end of the day I found myself near part of the old olympic complex. There is a telecommunications tower of some nature, which attracted alot of photographers & sightseers. The next slideshow is a brief study of this interesting piece of architecture.
As the sun finally began to sink, fortunately below the cloudline, I was lucky enough to get some lovely sunset shots to end the day with. There is so much more to photograph in this area of town, I will surely go back for more...
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