Photos by Mónica

The last dairy of Barcelona

April 23rd, 2009

I love the idiosyncrasy of many of the small shops in Barcelona. One of my recent favourites is a lovely little shop selling dairy products in the centre of Gràcia, in Carrer Torrijos, just up from the market. The establishment was last functioning dairy (vaquería) in Barcelona. Changes in public health laws took away the cows some 25 years ago, but the old livestock stalls can still be seen today amongst the clutter of the shopkeeper’s storeroom. Many Barcelonans over thirty odd can still remember going  with their mothers to buy milk fresh from the udder right in the centre of the city. In my mind, the place should be protected as part of the city’s heritage, but is under threat from the owners of the building.

A view of Barcelona from Collserola

April 23rd, 2009


View of Barcelona from Collserola with huge storm clouds building up. Note the Besós power station to the left. Photo by Mónica taken in September 2008 in the early evening.

Barcelona shacks

April 19th, 2009

Most of the shacks built by the waves of immigrants in the 20th century in Barcelona have been demolished or converted, for the better, into more formal, decent housing, but a number of examples still survive in El Carmel, Montjuic and on the edges of Collserola. Many are threatened by bulldozers, but I think the most interesting should be protected as part of the city’s heritage and because they make the edges of the parks where many of them are sited more interesting. These ones below were taken in the Parc de la Creueta del Coll, El Carmel, and show a clear influence of southern Spanish rural architecture. I love the rural air and the chaos. Photos by Mónica.

gypsy cottage



Shark graffiti

April 19th, 2009

I love this graffiti work in El Carmel, Barcelona. Note in the last image the juxtaposition of the shark formed by 100-euros notes, the fading PCC propoganda and the tree growing impossibly out of the concrete wall. Photos by Mónica.




Las cabras del Turó de la Rovira

April 14th, 2009

We came across this remarkable scene of Rafael and his flock of six goats in the Turó de la Rovira park, El Carmel last Sunday. The police have told him officially to remove his animals but seem to be turning a blind eye as long as he keeps them on this wilder side of the park. Photos by Mónica.




Pakistani children

April 14th, 2009



Graffiti artist unknown. Taken by Mónica in El Carmel, Barcelona.

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