Flower Hike and Protest March

Las Chicas explore Barcelona, on streets and on trails. After Lisa finishes school one day, Las Chicas take a steep trail up to Carretera de les Aigues, a wide dirt road that follows the curves of Collserola Park’s hills. Beautiful city and sea views from the Carretera, and flores bonitos on the trail:


Unknown yellow flowers that have thorns.


Trailside alyssum.


Cherry blossoms in shades of white, pink, and purple.

Another Saturday, Mary walks through L’Exaimple to Casa Libre bookstore while Lisa gets her haircut.

She sees a modernist-designed farmacia (pharmacy) :


On the next major corner next to a Spanish government building, there’s a crowd. Protestors carry signs and banners written in Catalan, but Mary doesn’t ask the tambourine playing senior citizens “What’s the buzz?” She manages a blurry cell phone photo:


Policia stand by in case oldsters do something provocative or dangerous:


Like block the street!


Mary loses interest in the protest and continues on to the bookstore on Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s 5th Avenue, and Carrer de Guiris (Street of Tourists).

At the bookstore, she finds Zadie Smith books in Spanish:


And under “Literature, English” the not so literary American authors:


On the way back to pick up Lisa for lunch, Mary walks by many tourists and Gaudi’s famous La Pedrera that seems flat from a distance. Because it is! It’s under renovation so a construction netting covers the building, but the netting displays a life-size picture of La Pedrera:


Las Chicas enjoy the rest of the day together with lunch at their favorite French bistro, a trip to the market for fresh fish and vegetables, and planning for our upcoming trip to Rome! Stay tuned to the blog for reports from the Eternal City.

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