Barcelona Part 1
If you have checked out my Instagram you would see that I was recently in Barcelona on an Inspirational trip with Sainsburys for Tu Clothing. This is one of my favourite parts of my job, where I get to travel and get a taste of a new city and explore a bit of the culture. As this was only a 'work' trip I still managed to explore this amazing city. In this post I am going to just touch on a variety of subjects that I saw and tasted from graffiti to delicious fruits from the Market.
When you think of Barcelona, you think of Picasso, Antoni Gaudi, La Sagrada Familia and of course Tapas. It is all those things and more, a city full of diverse culture and heritage. But for me I was not just shopping but also taking in the architecture, the cobbled streets and the colour that surrounds you where ever you turn.
I decided to get up early one morning and explore the side streets off the Ramblas the famous treelined boulevard. I came across this colourful graffiti art. They reminded me of some of Picasso's work.
As you walk down the Ramblas you get a visual display of colour. The sun was already really hot that morning but you do get some shade from the trees that line this very touristy area of Barcelona. I loved is the colour of the buildings that surround this famous boulevard. I especially like the pink of this building with the blue shutters.
This photograph was take in the Gothic area, you have to look up to appreciate the colours of the walls. Look at these washed out colours of yellow and pinks. This is a great colour palette for any design no doubt I will be using this somewhere in my work.
The next couple of pictures are taken at the famous 'Placa Reial' (catalan for Royal). This square is beautiful and at night it comes alive with the restaurants and people hanging out around the fountain and the streetlamps. The morning I took this photograph it was full of early breakfast goers and the cafes stocking up for the day ahead. But I love the Palm trees and the Yellow brickwork around the square.
Right of the Ramblas is the famous Le Boqueria Market which is where you experience the hustle and bustle of stalls packed with fishmongers, butchers and fruit sellers. I love this market as there is so much inspiration. A haven of colour and vibrancy, with all the wonderful varieties of flowers,fish, baked goods, olives, vegetables and fruit, I couldn't leave the market without purchasing a fresh coconut shake.
Here are a few photographs that inspired me from this fantastic market.
I found this gate with the cactus plants inspiring with its geometric patterning and the green of the cactus against the cream walls, again another colour palette to be had.
And of course you can't go to Barcelona without coming across tile patterns, be it on the wall or on the pavement. This photograph was taken outside a cafe and I love the combo of brown, sage and creams.
I hope you like this first part of my trip to Barcelona. I have other blog posts that I would like to write about this amazing city. I will definitely be returning to Barcelona and want to take Caroline and the kids here as I think they too will be inspired by the culture and the arts that are so richly embedded into this city.
Please leave any comments as I would love to have your feedback.
Enjoy the weekend,