Barcelona, Spain is one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in Europe. It is famous for having about 130 hectares (equals to 260 football fields) dedicated to “pedestrian-only” streets/zones. Before the 1992 Olympic Games, there were no beaches in the city and the seaside was owned by the local industries. But, when Barcelona decided to host the Games, the city was rebuilt, new parks and pedestrian streets were created, and the seaside was converted into a leisure zone. Now the 2nd largest city of Spain has 4.5 kilometers of sandy beaches (2.8 miles). 10% of the city is covered by parks. Over 35% of trips taken by people around the city are walked or biked and not done by car. The most walked streets in Spain are in Barcelona – Portal de l’Ángel and La Rambla. Both streets lead to Plaça de Catalunya, the busiest square in town. Approximately 3,500 pedestrians walk down the Portal de l’Ángel every hour. Today, Barcelona is the 4th most visited city in Europe (after London, Paris and Rome). There are millions of people on the streets of Barcelona and as many street photography opportunities [wink & smile]
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Wow, wow…and once again, WOW! It’s a forgone conclusion as to what a HUGE fan I am of your photography, Alex. So when I say the following I mean it. This is my favorite post since I’ve been following you. In the early posts I was a bit slow to really pay attention to the intricate details. Now, I notice…every…single…one of them ! :) I could comment on every each one of these…so, I will just pick one. The horse statue on the pedestal. The beautiful girl in the background and the guy in the foreground and how’s she’s literally spun his head around. Absolutely awesome with your timing. You are amazing, our friend :)
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One of my favorite cities Memo – you show it so well. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
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Wow some of these are fantastic Alex!! I was thinking of the subject lately, do you take any special precaution for publishing Street photography? Do you ask people or you think it’s not necessary? I Always feel a bit unsecure when publishing other people’s pictures online. Your insight would be much appreciated :)
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Great shots as usual! I did not know all those facts about Barcelona having so many pedestrianised areas. Very interesting, especially that it was all done for the Olympic games.
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I had no idea about how much Barcelona had reinvented itself for the Olympics, Alex, so this has been very interesting to read. Then there’s the photo series, in which you have a wonderful mix of images. What an enjoyable post, then!
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Entertaining photos as always. Now I feel that Catalonia is calling me Alex…
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