I left my heart in Barcelona


A painter in this photograph is Pablo Picasso.  During his Blue period he divided his time between Paris and Barcelona. Picasso museum Museu Picasso in Barcelona is a must-see:  there is no other place with such a vast collection of his art, especially his early works.

Picasso didn’t like Gaudí. Strange, because his art was definitely influenced by Gaudí‘s organic geometry. I think that he was just jealous.

Almost everything in Barcelona is “Gaudí“, anyway.

gaudiCan you imagine any other place where an architect like Gaudí would get a job in the end of the 19th century? It is why I love Barcelona, for that spirit!

I visited  Barcelona shortly before The Prisoner of Heaven English  edition was published in 2012 –  a book  by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, another of my favorite Barcelonians. His books are magic and intelligent, and they are about Barcelona, of course :). If you somehow missed them, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series will win your heart (The Angel’s Game, The Shadow of the Wind, The Prisoner of Heaven).

Speaking of magic. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc was constructed in 1929. The light and music performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays every half an hour between 7:00 and 8:30pm ( October to April), and Thursday through Sunday every half an hour between 9:00 and 11:00pm (May to September).



Here is a video from YouTube for you to enjoy 🙂 Watch to the end – it is getting more and more dramatic . 🙂

Some images from Gothic Quarter.






I walked this street to get to the Park Güell.



Plaça de Catalunya.





Don’t know what that means – either good or bad 🙂


Street performers across from Hard Rock Cafe.


Last, but not the least, Palau de la Musica Catalana. No photography permitted inside.


Hope you plan a visit to Barcelona. 🙂  Thank you for your comments on my previous post!

Photography tip of the day:  Keep your equipment clean. Here is an advice how to clean your camera sensor. If you are afraid of doing it yourself, ask in the shop and they will know. Sensor and lenses have to be cleaned regularly.


www.inesemjphotography.comHave a great weekend!



  1. Lovely shots of Barcelona! I think I caught a glimpse the Semperes’ bookshop along one of those narrow streets. I read all three books last year – it was a challenge finding them in my library: one was shelved in the mystery section, the other two were in general fiction but one was shelved under “Z”!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Ann! Finally there is one who read the books! When I was walking the streets I always remembered to have a good look at the oldest shop windows to hopefully recognize the book shop, and I found quite a few matching the description. No Cemetery of Forgotten books found, which for me is a proof that it exists 🙂

  2. Inese, you make me wish I’d gone to Barcelona when I wasn’t so young and could have appreciated it better. It wasn’t a place I’d thought of returning to, but you’ve changed my mind 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comment, Andrea! I am always very happy when my post means something personal 🙂 I so hope you go again. The fact that somebody employed Gaudi to build his creations more than a hundred years ago speaks volumes to me about people of Barcelona and the spirit of this wonderful city.

  3. Your Barcelona photos are amazing! Barcelona looks spectacular through your lens. Well captured and oh, I miss Barcelona after reading your post! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!

  4. My son went to Barcelona for years to a trade show. He never took photos though. Beautiful place from what you showed us. We’ve never been there, although we did visit Madrid and Toledo years ago. 🙂

  5. This is the liveliest, most vibrant post that I have seen in a lono time…. *sigh* I wanna go to Barcelona! 🙂

    1. Lisa, you would love it! Barcelona is magic. I didn’t write about the seafront, monument of Christopher Columbus, and the beaches 10 minutes from the city center… You would love being there…

  6. Hi my friend Inese,

    Surely in love with Barcelona! You have clicked most beautiful and elegant pictures I must say. And yes the video of magical fountain is just amazing. I wish you have pinned it on the start of your page. So much great things to explore. Picasso hated Gaudi? Can’t comment on that!! 😛 Street performance? I wish you had captured them in video.. have you? In love with Barcelona ♥ ♥

    Have a great day to you Inese!! Be Bettr, Stay Bettr! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Swetank! I haven’t recorded any videos in Barcelona – sometimes I record the street performers on my phone though 🙂
      The fountain video isn’t mine, it is why I didn’t put it as a cover image, but I think I have recorded every minute with my camera :))
      I don’t know if he hated, but he disliked Gaudi a lot and even said that Sagrada Familia can go to Hell – or something like that. Ah, many people didn’t like Gaudi those days.
      Be Bettr, Stay Bettr too, Swetank 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

  7. These pictures are quite impressive. Why could you not take pictures in the Palau de la Musica Catalana? I love the old buildings. We live in a city where everything was built in the past thirty or forty years so it’s nice to see something with bit of age. I love the picure of the man in the blue top surounded by blue clothed mannequins. Even the poster is interesting.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I think it is because they are selling those booklets, and also there are always musicians hanging around for rehearsals or performances.
      That man in blue was a gem 🙂 I have got only one snap of him; he saw me and went back into his shop.

  8. Had to comment, what about the Gugenheim(probably spelled that wrong) it was there when i was in my teens.

    And sorry for leaving your heart there……Madrid is way better place.

    Great black and white pictures.

      1. And there goes my head……you´re right it´s Bilbao.

        Madrid has also beautiful museums, the Retiro park, ton of old buildings and castles. Plus the our King´s castle is in Madrid. Nice city to visit, I do recommend it.

  9. Beautiful fountain and water work! It reminds me of Bellagio in Las Vegas. I just love watching water work there. The street shots of the Barcelona are fantastic. At least, it is a dreaming place to visit.

    1. Yes, I remembered Bellagio too. Both are very impressive, and water has always fascinated me 🙂 Barcelona is the third most visited cities in Europe, after Rome and Paris. I went there in March – the weather was warm and the tourists scarce.

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