Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Saturday 21 April 2012

Cold as it was (well, colder than I expected, especially when a sea breeze blew in and the clouds closed out the sun), it was clear that Barcelona is the kind of city where a lot of life is lived outdoors.

The early Saturday sun brought out children to sardana classes in Plaça Catalunya (sponsored by the leading department store - imagine Harrods sponsoring morris dancing classes on Trafalgar Square!), older people to sit on the Ramblas catching up with the world, and a multitasking busker:

More official entertainment for those who are out and about is offered by the public art in the streets and parks, and even on the water:

You're reminded of what the climate here can do when you see avocados and oranges growing out in the open:

But not everyone wants to offer the tourist a warm welcome:

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