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Lorna at Newcastle International Airport

Lorna at Newcastle International Airport

The gloomy Northern weather

The gloomy Northern weather

By the fountains in the Plaça de Catalunya

By the fountains in the Plaça de Catalunya

A huge market, just off the Ramblas

A huge market, just off the Ramblas

Tons and tons of fresh fruit and veg

Tons and tons of fresh fruit and veg

So why are all these fruits and vegetables &quot;<em>out of season</em>&quot; in the UK?

So why are all these fruits and vegetables &quot;<em>out of season</em>&quot; in the UK?

The column at the end of the Ramblas

The column at the end of the Ramblas

The harbour in Barceloneta

The harbour in Barceloneta

The imposing facade of La Sagrada Familia

The imposing facade of La Sagrada Familia

Still under construction after over 100 years

Still under construction after over 100 years

A man does some welding in the scaffolding

A man does some welding in the scaffolding

A rather blurred photo of the columns which support the roof

A rather blurred photo of the columns which support the roof

Builders equipment and another welding man

Builders equipment and another welding man

A craftsman does some plaster work

A craftsman does some plaster work

All this scaffolding reminds me of &quot;Fraggle Rock&quot;

All this scaffolding reminds me of &quot;Fraggle Rock&quot;

Only a few windows have glass in them, but those that do are very impressive

Only a few windows have glass in them, but those that do are very impressive

Did I mention that I have a fear of heights?

Did I mention that I have a fear of heights?

I am a big fan of the fruity architectural style

I am a big fan of the fruity architectural style

The first four of the eight existing and twelve planned spires are those designed by Antonio Gaudi

The first four of the eight existing and twelve planned spires are those designed by Antonio Gaudi

Work continues in the middle, which will form the roof and the largest spire

Work continues in the middle, which will form the roof and the largest spire

Lorna poses at the top

Lorna poses at the top

A sickening view down the centre of the hollow spire

A sickening view down the centre of the hollow spire

Barcelona

Barcelona

Gaudi´s towers again

Gaudi´s towers again

A peep hole

A peep hole

The top of one of the more modern spires

The top of one of the more modern spires

Got grout?

Got grout?

Looking up at the crane made me more ill than looking down at the floor. Note the new London-style Gherkin building

Looking up at the crane made me more ill than looking down at the floor.  Note the new London-style Gherkin building

There´s a tree in the middle you know...

There´s a tree in the middle you know...

More of that fruit

More of that fruit

Lorna in the Gothic Quarter

Lorna in the Gothic Quarter

This is possibly the widest street in the old town

This is possibly the widest street in the old town

Nice bridge

Nice bridge

In the old medieval cathedral

In the old medieval cathedral

Lorna and some geese (who eat tomatoes)

Lorna and some geese (who eat tomatoes)

Palm trees

Palm trees

On the road to Montju&iuml;c. Museum of art in the distance

On the road to Montju&iuml;c.  Museum of art in the distance

Lorna

Lorna

Damp trousers

Damp trousers

Me

Me

Me again

Me again

Montju&iuml;c is covered in cats. A million strays living on leftovers, such as this spaghetti

Montju&iuml;c is covered in cats.  A million strays living on leftovers, such as this spaghetti

...and again

...and again

The museum again

The museum again

Poble Espanyol is a replica village, with various styles of Spanish architecture and a number of quaint shops and restaurants

Poble Espanyol is a replica village, with various styles of Spanish architecture and a number of quaint shops and restaurants

Or maybe it´s just an overpriced tourist trap

Or maybe it´s just an overpriced tourist trap

A naked lady

A naked lady

One man and his arch

One man and his arch

More stage-set Spanish buildings

More stage-set Spanish buildings

...and a few more

...and a few more

Lorna, on the way to the Olympic stadium

Lorna, on the way to the Olympic stadium

Some more of that architecture stuff

Some more of that architecture stuff

The outside of the stadium

The outside of the stadium

Lorna and the inside of the stadium

Lorna and the inside of the stadium

62,000 people fit in here to watch Freddie Mercury doing some singing in 1992

62,000 people fit in here to watch Freddie Mercury doing some singing in 1992

Apparently some sport went on too

Apparently some sport went on too

An old crone

An old crone

The Olympic torch is actually quite small

The Olympic torch is actually quite small

Lorna on a strange moving staircase

Lorna on a strange moving staircase

Lorna eats her dinner

Lorna eats her dinner

A view of the city

A view of the city

A rustic jug filled with very very strong sangria

A rustic jug filled with very very strong sangria

Sheep´s leg anyone?

Sheep´s leg anyone?

A cat sleeping in a basket full of empty 35mm film boxes

A cat sleeping in a basket full of empty 35mm film boxes

Next day it´s very sunny indeed

Next day it´s very sunny indeed

A little house at the entrance to Parc Guell

A little house at the entrance to Parc Guell

Bean and a Big Pork Sausage

Bean and a Big Pork Sausage

It´s quite busy here

It´s quite busy here

Lorna poses on a rather impressive garden feature

Lorna poses on a rather impressive garden feature

More posing

More posing

Myself

Myself

The park was originally planned as a utopian community, in which the &quot;Hall of Columns&quot; was to be the marketplace

The park was originally planned as a utopian community, in which the &quot;Hall of Columns&quot; was to be the marketplace

One of the houses near the entrance again

One of the houses near the entrance again

Heading down the hill

Heading down the hill

The famous lizard must long for some time alone

The famous lizard must long for some time alone

Modernist architecture features quite allot of broken tiles. This photo makes good Windows wallpaper too!

Modernist architecture features quite allot of broken tiles.  This photo makes good Windows wallpaper too!

The only photo of both of us, sitting on the everlasting modernist bench

The only photo of both of us, sitting on the everlasting modernist bench

The house with the spire in the woods is where Gaudi lived

The house with the spire in the woods is where Gaudi lived

Another view of the city

Another view of the city

A view of the park

A view of the park

La Sagrada Familia is just visible in the distance

La Sagrada Familia is just visible in the distance

Gaudi´s house

Gaudi´s house

A room in Gaudi´s house

A room in Gaudi´s house

<strong>All</strong> doors should be this good

<strong>All</strong> doors should be this good

The balcony

The balcony

More of the park

More of the park

<strong>All</strong> desks should be this good (though there´s no room for my monitor...)

<strong>All</strong> desks should be this good (though there´s no room for my monitor...)

Modernist ceiling

Modernist ceiling

Inside the Hall of Columns

Inside the Hall of Columns

Inspiration for your bathroom?

Inspiration for your bathroom?

The famous lizard, which, as I know nothing about it, I shall call &quot;Larry&quot;

The famous lizard, which, as I know nothing about it, I shall call &quot;Larry&quot;

Lorna and Larry (the lizard)

Lorna and Larry (the lizard)

My good self

My good self

This stadium is the largest seated stadium in the world

This stadium is the largest seated stadium in the world

The changing rooms at Camp Nou

The changing rooms at Camp Nou

Lorna poses by the pitch

Lorna poses by the pitch

On the players bench

On the players bench

There are 100,000 plastic seats here

There are 100,000 plastic seats here

And every now and again they fire a huge gun to scare away the pigeons

And every now and again they fire a huge gun to scare away the pigeons

The TV interview room

The TV interview room

Some monkey

Some monkey

Technical bobbins for radio and TV reporters

Technical bobbins for radio and TV reporters

The press conference room

The press conference room

The directors box

The directors box

The VIP bar

The VIP bar

Lorna in a VIP chair

Lorna in a VIP chair

It is a very very big place

It is a very very big place

A battered replica of the European cup

A battered replica of the European cup

Casa Mil&aacute; is another of Gaudis buildings - known locally as &quot;The Rock Pile&quot;

Casa Mil&aacute; is another of Gaudis buildings - known locally as &quot;The Rock Pile&quot;

Casa Batll&oacute; is probably the most famous building in Barcelona

Casa Batll&oacute; is probably the most famous building in Barcelona

A view from the street

A view from the street

The best bar in Barcelona

The best bar in Barcelona

Looking down Passeig de Gr&agrave;cia - the widest street <strong>ever!</strong>

Looking down Passeig de Gr&agrave;cia - the widest street <strong>ever!</strong>

Time dilated as I took this photo from atop my scooter

Time dilated as I took this photo from atop my scooter

Mr Scruff in our &quot;basic&quot; hotel room

Mr Scruff in our &quot;basic&quot; hotel room

Port Vell, on our last morning

Port Vell, on our last morning

A nice day

A nice day

Some rather impressive boats

Some rather impressive boats

Lorna on the beach

Lorna on the beach

Beach buildings

Beach buildings

Lorna again

Lorna again

The cable car station

The cable car station

Me on the beach

Me on the beach

Back in the city

Back in the city

The view down the Ramblas

The view down the Ramblas

Lorna again

Lorna again

The fantastic restaurant we went to last night

The fantastic restaurant we went to last night

A rather Caribbean looking square

A rather Caribbean looking square

Me again

Me again

Spot the Lorna

Spot the Lorna

Lorna in the square

Lorna in the square

Passeig de Gr&agrave;cia metro station has a three hundred mile long tunnel between the platforms

Passeig de Gr&agrave;cia metro station has a three hundred mile long tunnel between the platforms

The train to the airport

The train to the airport

Something is missing. Our plane has been delayed due to snow

Something is missing.  Our plane has been delayed due to snow

Our car wears a snowy hat when we finally get home

Our car wears a snowy hat when we finally get home