Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Barcelona pt 3 Montserrat

Today we are going up into the mountains to Montserrat Monastery , its about an hour on the train and then we go up on a cable car to the top.
First we have to get the bus to the Magic Fountain which is near to the train station.

        Lovely early morning light on the Palace, but we have no time to stay and take photographs.

                                             The train station is near to the big pillars.

After sitting on the floor of a very packed train we have arrived at the Cable car stop,  there is also a furnicular train that goes up to the top from the next train station, but we want to ride on the cable car.

                                      That is where we are heading, on a rickety cable car!
It costs a little bit more (11 euros ish ) for this 5 minute cable car,  than the price to come 21 miles from Barcelona on the train!

 There is a big queue for the cars, it has a maximum 30 people limit which is being strictly adhered to.  luckily we are probably going to get on the 3 rd car in.

                                                                          Almost to the top .

                                                               What a view from up here!

 We have walked up to the main square , and its really warm up here , the forecast was saying about 5-8 dgrees so we put big coats on  , we are going to bake  Doh!

               Amazing rock formations, and so different from all the surrounding mountains.

                                                                       A wind blown selfi .

 We have walked along through to see the Prayer candles ,its especially busy as this is Easter weekend and there is a huge queue to go into the monastery.  maybe another time we will go back when its quieter.

                      Panorama of the square, amazing mountains in contrast to the buildings.

We are now going to walk around the mountain to see if we can find the Cave Chapel , going down the main path towards another funicular train which goes even higher up the mountain.

 Its getting quite hot walking in the sun, and to think its chucking it down back home,  shame!
This big path winds down and then around the mountain side.

                                                      Looking up to the monastery.

                                  There are sculptures all along set into the mountain side.

                           I can see a large cross in the distance, looks a good photo opportunity.

                                              The cross is in deep shadow unfortunately.

                                                                           More statues.

                                                         The cave Chapel is now in sight.

                         An  Inside image, as we both forgot to take one of the outside!  Ooops

                                                       Beautiful stained glass windows

                       The snow covered Pyrenees in the distance, taken with 100-400 mm lens

                                                            Amazing views from here

                        On our way back now , must have missed this one on the outward walk.
                                                               Dont know how    lol

                                                              Wonder how safe this is!!!!
                                             Yes i asked Jan to stop for a photo under it :)

                         Back at the top after a hard climb.   what a fabulous area it is up here .

Time to get the cable car back down now , its really busy but luckily it was a good decision to allow plenty of time otherwise we could easily miss the train, which only run every hour today.

                                                              A view from over the valley.

Waiting on the platform now, only 10 minutes before the train is due,  if we had waited much longer for a cable car we probably would not have made this train.

Thats the end of a great day in the mountains ,   think we are going to have a look around the city tomorrow at all the architecture.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Barcelona pt2 Magic Fountain

After a busy morning walking around the Parc Guell we are going to the Magic Fountain tonight , there is a music/light display on at 8 pm for an hour on Thursday,Friday and Saturday evenings,  and its Free !
We need to get the D20 bus from just over the road from the hotel and then walk about 8 minutes to get to the fountain.  I Think we need to get their by about 7.30 to give us time to have a look around and find a suitable spot.............Well i got that wrong!

                                                     Its packed already when we get here. 

       Its going to be difficult to find a good spot to photograph from, but will just see what happens.

 Walking up around the top i take a couple of images of the fabulous pool with the pillars in symmetry.

 We walk back down to get a position on the main steps up from the road ,so i can get the buildings in the background of the fountain when the small fountains start up on the avenue .  something to photograph after the main display.

 The sun is getting low now and lighting up the Palace in the background, unfortunately this lovely light only lasts for a fleeting moment.

 The main fountain has started now but there are way to many people in front of us , and the slight breeze is blowing spray right in our faces.

                   We have moved round to the righ hand side and quite close to the fountain wall.
                               It is still light so the colours are not standing out too well.

                                                    Getting better now as dusk approaches.

                                                                     A short video clip

                                          A selection of images taken as the darkness falls .

 A couple of longer exposures to see how the smooth water appears , not sure if they are better than the faster shutter speed shots though.

                                                 A last image, taken on i-phone 7 plus  this one .

That was a fabulous hour watching the lights and music ranging from Coldplay to Clasical and pop.
Time to walk back now, the fountains i wanted to photograph actually stopped the same time as the main fountain finished unfortunately.   passing these old castle style buildings on the way back near to the harbour roundabout .

                                                         Love the lighting on these trees .

                           Monument in the centre of roundabout on the Port Vell harbour front.

                                                     Yes  its a giant smiling Lobster  haha

                        Tommorow we are going to the mountains to Montserrat monastry.

                               images taken on canon 5dmk2 , 17-40L and i phone 7 plus