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Barcelona 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Plaza de Catalunya near my hotel in Barcelona.

One of the many creatively-dressed people on La Rambla looking for a hand-out.

A recreation of an old ship - about all I could find of interest inside the Museu Maritim.

The top of the Monument a Colom, the monument to Christopher Columbus. I rode the elevator to the claustraphobic, circular walkway at the top.

A view of the palm-lined street of Passeig de Colom.

La Rambla de Mar, a walkway extending from the end of La Rambla into the port area.

A man playing guitar inside the Plaza del Rei.

La Catedral, the Cathedral in old town.

Yes, that's an egg floating on the water of a fountain. This display is quite popular in Barcelona.

The remains of an ancient Roman wall still busy being tall and solid.

A nice-looking walkway connecting two buildings.

Ancient Roman columns that have been preserved.

Roman tombs discovered after an excavation.

A protest march I saw on Via Laietana.

The police were right behind.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Palau de la Musica Catalana.

The Mercat de Santa Catarina.

Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar.

The Parlament de Catalunya.

Castell de Tres Dragons (Castle of Three Dragons).

The Arc de Triomf.

A close-up of the Arc de Triomf.

A Spanish band performing during the opening night reception of the conference.

A fountain at Plaza de Catalunya at night.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The convention center in Barcelona - no expense was spared on the concrete exterior.

Listening to a lecture in the main auditorium.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Scientific posters on display.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A rainy day in Barcelona. Or, a good day to be inside a convention center.

A long line of people waited for overpriced baguettes. Too bad they didn't realize that there are several restaurants serving good, inexpensive food just a few blocks away.

Apparently, this apartment building has been deserted for 50 years. Or they really like flora.

The Night Club where the Human Brain Mapping club party was held.

Conference attendees listening to a funk band. I especially like the Human Brain Mapping logo behind the band. Nice touch.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Inside a Barcelona Metro car.

Conference attendees chilling on the grass at the end of the meeting day.

Enjoying a meal of Spanish Tapas in the Barri Gotic.

Light and shadow on a sculpture in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

Friday, June 11, 2010

They like mopeds here in Barcelona. Zoom zoom.

La Pedrera, or Casa Mila, the organic-looking apartment building designed by Antoni Gaudi.

The curvy, undulating roof of La Pedrera.

Standing in front of a wrought iron gate to La Pedrera.

The busy, narrow street of Carrer de Montcada in La Ribera district.

A stained glass window inside Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar.

A view of Port Vell from the high point of Miramar.

Taking a break at the Miramar Cafe.

Passeig de Gracia at night.

A late night dinner of lamb and salmon.

Saturday June 12, 2010

Many signs in Barcelona are in three languages - Catalan, Spanish, and English.

Park Güell, Antoni Gaudi's enchanting hillside park.

A drumming band we heard upon arriving at Park Güell.

The mosaic dragon fountain in Park Güell.

One of many musical acts performing for money at Park Güell.

Jessica's lunch of paella.

La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece cathedral - under construction since 1882. Scheduled to be finished in the 2020's.

Columns inside La Sagrada Familia: light gray (granite), red (porphyry), dark gray (basalt). Notice the organic, tree-like branching of the columns near the ceiling.

A stained glass window inside La Sagrada Familia.

Relaxing at Port Vell after a long day of hiking around Barcelona.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Jesus flashing gang signs, or something like that.

Salvador Dali's A Portrait of My Father.

A view of Barcelona from the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

Sitting on a wall outside the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

Riding a cable car over Montjuïc.

Standing in front of the Castell de Montjuïc.


This is what happens to me when I try to cut in line at the castle.

We found the beach! Specifically, Platja de Sant Miquel.

Strolling along the boardwalk in Barcelona.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Riding the cremellara, or the rack and pinion train, up the mountain of Montserrat, 46 kilometers northwest of Barcelona.

The view from the front seat of the cremellara.

The view from the monastery on Montserrat.

The "serrated" mountain line of Montserrat.

The basilica of Montserrat.

Inside the basilica.

Riding a funicular up the mountain.

Funny rock formations on the top of the mountain.

Rock formations, Jessica, and I.

Last night in Barcelona.

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