If the stones could speak..

As you walk through the streets of the village of Pals, in northeastern Catalonia, you may admire the churches, chapells, walls and fortifications of this medieval town, just as any other tourist.

But if you pay attention to other small details which are not so clearly explained (in 4 languages) on the numerous posters, you may like to imagine how the life of those ancient catalans was. You see several wells inside the perimeter ofthe walls, closed areas inside the houses´used to keep the lifestock during the night safe from bandits and roaming hostile (or not even hostile) troops, you would recall to your mind those scared villagers looking down from the height of the walls watching the approaching enemy and wondering if they would survive this time.

How much happiness and suffering may those stones have seen..

But this little details are not commercially interesting for the Stock Photo business and therefore the images you see below are the typical postcard pics, that´s the way things are!

Pals medieval village main square

Main gate to the antique Pals and ancient market square, allowance given by the King Jaume II in 1293


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Saint Peter´s Church Pals medieval village

Church of Saint Peter, for the first time mentioned in the XI century


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Pals medieval village entrance gate

Main gate to the historic Pals


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Pals medieval village

Streets of the historic Pals


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Costa Brava: Calella and Llafranc

The Costa Brava in northeastern Catalonia is very well known to tourists around the world and of course also to the locals, having been their preferred holiday destination during many years, specially in the past when it was not common for catalans to travel abroad to exotic countries.

The uncontrolled tourism and consequent “wild” construction of hotels and apartments has harmed and destroyed much of the beautiful nature and little fishermen´s villages of the Costa Brava. Fortunately there are some exceptions like the two places I am presenting in this post: Calella de Palafrugell and (in a lesser degree) Llafranc, they are not the only one´s, Tossa and Cadaques should be added to this list in a near future.

A very recommendable itinerary is the Cami de Ronda, a comfortable path which allows you to border the wild cliffs and impressive scenery of the Costa Brava walking from one village to the other, most of the pictures here were made during such a walk.

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Llafranc, view from the Cami de Ronda


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Llafranc fishermen village Costa Brava

The bay of Llafranc


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Calella de Palafrugell fisher village Costa Brava

Calella de Palafrugell


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Calella de Palafrugell fisher village Costa Brava

Calella de Palafrugell


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Calella de Palafrugell fisher village Costa Brava

The Cami de Ronda


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Vox Populi, Omnia Lex

“Vox Populi, omnia Lex” which is actually about what is legitimate and what is legal.. and I am thinking about the increasing conflict between the spanish government and the catalan movement for independence.

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Seal of the Generalitat de Catalunya (the catalan state)

 

The lawmakers of the spanish TC (Tribunal Constitucional) are supposed to have studied this two concepts at their very beginning of their university studies. Yet today they insisted that the only law is the constitutional law overseeing the legitimate.

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“L´Estelada”, the catalan independentist flag

Threatening speech from the spanish governments side is increasing as well as their determination to not allow a referendum which the catalan government has repeatedly promised to be held the latest on september 2017.

Taking the former catalan president Artur Mas and two ex-ministers to court as well as the president and four secretaries of the catalan parlament has not intimidated us so far.

Spring?

It´s not yet time but today I saw my first Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) in a riverine forest near to the Congost River, Granollers (Catalonia).

Day temperatures around 20 ºC animate them to come out, it seems. Night temperatures have also improved staying above 9ºC.

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Barcelona Port

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Barcelona Cruise Port Terminal funicular tower

Cruisers Terminal and Funicular Tower offering an unforgettable view  over the harbour.

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Maremagnum shopping center bridge Barcelona port

Gangway to the Maremagnum Shopping and Dining Center, a drawbridge allows sailingboats access to the docks.

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Maremagnum shopping center bridge Barcelona port

Elevated Gangway to the Maremagnum Center

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Luxury boats at Barcelona sports port

Luxury Vessels and Oldtimers anchored at the Passeig Maritim.

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Sports haven Barcelona anchored yachts

The Yachtclub

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Barcelona port Maremagnum dining facilities

Outdoor Dining at the Maremagnum Center with nice views over the harbour

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Barcelona port Maremagnum dining facilities

Indoor dining at the Maremagnum Center

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Christopher Columbus statue Barcelona Port

Christopher Columbus memorial between the harbour and the popular Ramblas Alley.

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Barcelona port luxury vessels anchored

Luxury Vessels anchored at their special dock.

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Barcelona Port Cruisers Terminal stormy sky

Under a threatening stormy sky, a sailingboat takes it´s way out of the harbour passing in front of the Cruiser´s Terminal. 


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The medieval Catalonia

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The medieval complex at the town of Pals in northeastern Catalonia shows heavy defensive infrastructure thought to protect it´s inhabitants from pirates coming from the sea and other enemies threatening their lives from land.

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The Costa Brava (Dangerous coast) of northeastern Catalonia used to suffer frequent attacks from pirates coming from the mediterranean sea, many of the traditional “Masies” (farmershouses) have a defensive tower which offered ultimate protection when the situation was desperate.

Barcelona

Nightview of the Plaça Catalunya with it´s illuminated fountains in the catalan capital Barcelona. The social and cultural meeting point of the city.

Barcelona night view fountains and shopping center
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Barcelona night view fountains and shopping center

Behind the fountain we see the most popular shopping mall of Barcelona, the Corte Inglés

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Barcelona night view fountains and shopping center

Classic statues are around the fountains and on the perimeter of the Plaça Catalunya.


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