For this weeks blog post I returned to Montjuïc, with its myriad attractions, both to the general tourist & the more curious & avid explorer such as myself. I specifically aimed to photograph the Cementiri de Montjuïc, where hundreds of thousands of Barcelona's past residents now rest, ad infinitum. Well, at least their earthly remains do.
As usual I garnered images from other interesting sites & locations throughout the day.
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The day was warm, with a fresh intermittent breeze which kept me cool as I cycled the downhill leg of the route towards Montjuïc from Vila de Gràcia, my base. The first object d'art I encountered was the 22 meter high Miro scuplture, 'Dona i Ocell', before shortly arriving at the Palau Nacional which houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Layed upon the approach to the Palau Nacional are fountains & waterfalls.
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All very pretty & grand, but what I wanted was a more humanless place, away from the hundreds of snap-happy, self-absorbed, caffeine agitated tourists, with their selfie sticks, looking like a surreal army of demented pike-people.
So it was that I detached myself from the throng & cycled away in search of more tranquil company. Taking in the views along the way.
Within a few minutes I arrived at high-walled cemetery that was opened in 1883 as the main location for interment of the Barcelonès population. Since then it has gathered over one million individual remains. I took a leisurely stroll around its roads & terraces soaking up the all pervading peace, & enjoying a brief term of outdoor solitude.......well, no-one seemed to complain at my discreet presence...
I ended the days shoot with a brief siesta at Plaça d'Europe, catching the Torre de Communicacions de Montjuïc transmitting signals to the moon...
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