Barcelona : to take a little height…

July 4, 2016 by Gregory Herpe

Barcelona …

It’s always a great happiness to be in the Catalan capital.

Barcelona, rich and multiple, elusive, surprising. With my friend, the painter Philippe Wodianyk, we decided to take a little height.

Far from the Ramblas, vulgar and touristic; an idiots trap where we scroll like fools in front of filthy restaurants, street vendors and cheesy living statues …

Far from the Ramblas , the Gothic & Raval neighborhoods , the Diagonal Avenue and its luxury boutiques, there is another Barcelona in the hills, which gives the city a welcome air and respiration.

Montjuic Hill (Latin Mons Jovis, the Mount of the Jews), overlooking the old harbor, is an oasis of greenery and culture.

We are amazed about the botanical garden, the castle, the Catalonia National Art Museum and the Magic Fountains and we enter the mythical Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1992. Built in 1929 for the universal exhibition and it was enlarged in 1989 by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.

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with my friend, french painter Philippe Wodianyk, at the Olympic Stadium.

 

Many exploits were made here: Carl Lewis won his eighth Olympic gold medal, while Linford Christie became at 32, the oldest champion over 100m, and then the unforgettable symbol given by the Ethiopian Derartu Tulu, the first female black African Olympic champion and the white South African Elana Meyer, runner on 10.000m … Tulu exceeds Meyer to only one lap to go and then she attends her rival prior to fall into her arms. They perform their lap of honor together wrapped in tangled flags of both countries. Iconic is that a big and strong black woman has been united with a white South African woman while South Africa barely retrieves the Olympics after banishment due to apartheid.

From the height, again, to have a lunch on the roof terrace of the arenas, Mudejar and neo Byzantine style.
The city predominantly anti-corrida Barcelona renovated and transformed its arena in a mall , with a landscaped roof offering a 360 ° panoramic view over the capital. There, several restaurants offer local, Japanese, Mediterranean cuisine … Breathtaking views and a great breath of fresh air …

 

Philippe (who will expose December 8th at the Maison de la Région in Perpignan and then in Paris, the beginning of 2017 at the Galerie de la Voute, in the XII arrondissement. I recommend you discover his magnificent work on http: //www.wodianyk .com) and I then visit the Tibidabo, from a height of 512m, the peak is the tallest of Barcelona’s Collserola (Tibidabo name comes from the Vulgate, a Latin translation of the Bible. it is found in the context where the devil speaks to Jesus).

A big surprise at the top was to discover a quaint place out of time in this universe: the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sagrat Cor) and one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, opened in 1901. Within the center a strong forest area of 10 million trees, the park offers a stunning city and Mediterranean view.

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Christ, outstretched arms, recalls the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, overlooks the Basilica and the big wheel.
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The spectacle is unusual, almost anachronistic. To crown it all, we are surrounded by Nepalese celebrations; doubtless 2 or 300. Indeed, it is Nepal Memorial Day, and many special activities were organized to raise awareness to the Barcelonan for the needs of Nepalese after the earthquake of 2015 …

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I would strongly advise you to follow the beaten track and leave the center of Barcelona to discover this magical place!

And then, with a little courage, you will be rewarded by climbing on the big wheel and watching this almost surreal view of a city that is full of beauty …

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