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The best part of Barcelona is its La Rambla, especially at night. It's a wide pedestrian walkway with two smaller car lanes on either side. It is crowded with artists, musicians, puppeteers, florists, fortune tellers, and mimes. The mimes are the best; 'statue people' might be a more fitting term. They only move when you throw coins into their jar. There was a guy dressed in all gold holding a sword; a headless man playing an accordion; a man painted in all white sitting on a toilet; a green jack in the box who jumped out for coins. Most of the people on the street separate themselves into groups so on the south side, near the beach and the pier, are the cartoon impressionists. Then further up are the henna tattoo artists, the florists, and then the musicians at the far end. The statue people are more interspersed.
I stood in front of one chanteuse, a Londoner who was dressed all in white and wore angel wings. She sang and played guitar for a quarter of a song and then froze until someone threw in more coins. I listened to her for a couple hours. She played Tori Amos's China and a few other songs, some in Spanish and some that she had written, as I learned when inquiring about them later when she was on a break.
Great site!!! I have enjoyed a lot reading your stories as if they were a trip novel and watching the pictures. As for Snowflake, he is said to die in few months (cancer) but u still can see him in a webcam (http://www.zoobarcelona.com/) Regards!! and good luck.
-- Paco, Oct 1, 2003
great pics! i will also visit the city in september for a long weekend. i will for sure read your trip report... will go by myself so interested in meeting some locals as well. chau!
-- erik, Aug 25, 2004