Celebrating a new millennium
A bit random, I know, but reaching 1,000 views is a kind of significant milestone since I started this site 3 months ago and I would like to thank all those who have helped me achieve it and for the kind comments I have received over the period.
And it’s a good opportunity to give a wee update: – over the next weeks and months, I will be adding new posts on places to see, eat or shop around the Eixample and Gràcia, and on events going on Barcelona-wide, as well as re-blogging other items that I think will interest visitors. There will soon be a section on restaurants and hotels, getting around and plenty more that can be found by clicking on the different categories on the right.
All comments, suggestions and critiques are welcome and I look forward to interacting with explorers of Barcelona over the coming months to make MyDiagonal a comprehensive resource for those looking to experience the city off the beaten track.
So, Fins aviat! (See you soon) and watch this space.
Look what’s looking down at you
There’s so much to see around you as you walk the streets of the Eixample. Both at ground level and up above, here are a few of the delights you can admire along the way – a mix of classical and modernista styles, some inspired by the indianos who came back from making their fortunes in the Americas and helped to build modern Barcelona.
Art and artifice on every street
Design and skilled craftsmanhip in wood, stone and ironwork are all around you when you walk through the streets of the Eixample. Here is a selection of doors and entrances you can find along the way.
Balconies and balustrades – part 1
A city’s soul – and that of its quarters – is made up of the people who live and work there, the places they meet, eat and have fun, of the visitors and those passing through, but also of the legacy left in its architecture. The streets of the Eixample have their own character, reflected in these images that bear the mark of the designers and architects of the second half of the 1800s, who created this new quarter combining classical and modernista aesthetics to create its distinctive style.
Here’s a wee tour of some of the sights you’ll find as you explore the streets of the quarter.
Balconies, galerías and oriel windows
Look out for more to come in future posts.