Barcelona Postscript

Barcelona did not disappoint any day that we were there and the last night was no different.  We had a great time in Barcelona doing the things that we had planned and all of the unplanned things were an added treat.  Just a couple of random things from the week, first, and then, an unplanned surprise that unfolded right in front of our hotel.  But first these pictures…

Can't get use to the thimble-size coffee cups. Makes me think of my Mom's orange juice glasses growing up.

Can’t get use to the thimble-size coffee cups. Makes me think of my Mom’s orange juice glasses growing up.

There are some things that are just home... little Coke bottles being one of them. Our hotel room fridge was stocked.

There are some things that are just home… little Coke bottles being one of them. Our hotel room fridge was stocked.

While Barcelona is part of Spain, the whole province would prefer independence . Many homes and businesses show quiet support for their province by flying the flag of Catalonia.

While Barcelona is part of Spain, the whole province would prefer independence . Many homes and businesses show quiet support for their province by flying the flag of Catalonia.

While we were having tapas at an outdoor cafe near our hotel, we saw a group setting up for an event in the plaza.  Keena recognized that this was La Festa Catalana, from her reading of the Spain guidebook (and from being a teacher).  It takes place every Saturday night at 7:30 from April to October.  As you will see, groups of people, called the Falcons, come together to build creative human figures.  This has been going on since the 1930’s.  There are eleven groups in the country and we saw two of them.  This amazing hour and a half show is a cultural celebration so it  was free to everyone.  I have to imagine a similar act in Las Vegas would cost at least $100 per ticket!

Barcelona is a city of giants. It is the city with the most papier-mache figures of giants anywhere. This tradition began at the feast of Corpus Christi in the 14th century and the giants stroll and dance at all sorts of festivities and celebrations. And they really are as tall as they look (see in relation to the spectators).

Barcelona is a city of giants. It is the city with the most papier-mache figures of giants anywhere. This tradition began at the feast of Corpus Christi in the 14th century and the giants stroll and dance at all sorts of festivities and celebrations. And they really are as tall as they look (see in relation to the spectators).

This photo and ones that follow are examples of the human figures that the groups build.  And, yes, the kids on the top are around 3 years old and climb to the top by themselves.

This photo and ones that follow are examples of the human figures that the groups build. And, yes, the kids on the top are around 3 years old and climb to the top by themselves.

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