Placa Reial

19 06 2009

I really liked the energy that came out every night in Barcelona. The streets were literally filled with people. Everyone seemed to be out for a walk or headed to a late night dinner.  Although the sidewalks were full, the feeling was comfortable. You didn’t get that big city, shoulder bashing vibe.  Unlike the suburbs where I live, being outside on the streets in Barcelona after 10pm was fun and I felt relatively safe.

About 100 feet from our apartment building was the Placa Reial. Placa is the catalan word for plaza. The Placa was lined with restaurants that served food until all hours of the night.

Our apartment was located in the gothic quarter where the streets were narrow and alley-like. There were some interesting characters that hung out near our apartment. The wheelchair guy in this next video was having quite the argument with … someone.

Each night after the restaurants were shut down and the trash was picked up, the street cleaners come through and washed the alley way and placa. For the amount of people that moved through the area, the streets were exceptionally clean. Check out the lanterns hanging in each archway around the placa.

Then there’s the Red Hat Society ladies and the street guy who didn’t want me to film him. I think he was looking for a fight.

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