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    1. It’s a beautiful city, Diane. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Lots of things on hold right now. I’m trying to organise some surprises for my daughter’s 50th birthday. She honeymooned in Venice and had plans to return so a birthday cake is going to be a bit of a comedown 😦

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      1. Yes, things do change though. When I’m out taking photos, I have to remind myself to take the photo now because what I’m looking at might never look like that again.

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  1. Dear Jo
    I loved all this life there when I stayed in Barcelona. In a way, it reminded me of the Dom Plattform at Cologne with all the performers and people wanting to sell something.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. It creates a great atmosphere, Klaus, and I love street performers, but crowds not so much. We were pretty lucky with our timing because my November birthday coincided with a fairly peaceful time but still nice weather. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Much love to your lovely ladies!

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  2. I do enjoy a wander down here. It’s great for people watching. Not a place to eat or drink.
    You’ve got 2 great examples of the street performers, Jo. I see the blue on is Dali-esque but not sure about the yellow one. Looks like Le Petit Prince but I never associate him with a bike.

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    1. Rain! Does it follow you? 🀣🀣 I have to admit our first couple of days were iffy. We avoided Las Ramblas till the end. The rain would surely drive away the mimes though πŸ˜‰. Absolutely glorious here today. Washing out on the roof and I’m off to do some t’ai chi. πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  3. Occasionally I get the feeling that us humans seem to love some of the most spectacular places to death. It doesn’t appear to be a place I’d enjoy visiting. Then again there’s that urge to be able to say you’d been there! πŸ˜‰

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    1. As I said to Brian, or was it Andrew? you can’t relax there! It’s become a spectator sport. We were heading for the harbour and passed through, just for a ‘look see’ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Would have loved to see it in the days Mari describes.

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  4. Ah, I saw it in much earlier times, before Barca was such a draw for people, and it was a delightful place then. No pick-pockets, no living statues, nothing to take away from the joy of seeing hundreds of flower-sellers lined up on either side: the perfume of the flowers was overwhelming. I’ve only been there twice and both times many years ago, my last visit there was a quick trip to see some Spanish friends who’d moved from Tortosa and had a flat on El Diagonal. I don’t think they could afford one there now!

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    1. I think that does spoil it for you- the name it’s got for pick-pockets, because you’re so busy watching your bag you can’t relax and enjoy yourself. A must see, though, and interesting architecture behind all the people. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. I just stopped and got out of the way of the moving throng then jump back in the current until I wanted to see something. Too many living statues and buskers πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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