Barcelona from mid-November through early January is ablaze with holiday lights.
On my recent trip I could have concentrated on the golden glow of Antoni Gaudi's astonishing Sagrada Familia cathedral.
a section of the still unfinished cathedral, started in 1882, a masterpiece of Gaudi surrealism, glowing golden at night
But of all the glistening lights that transform Barcelona into a magical city, the blue lights were what captured my attention a couple of weeks ago. Many thousands of them overhang streets, dripping and draping from one side of the road to the other, sparkling in every shape and size.
Neighborhoods add lights every year, and the newest lights, even the blue ones, are green, energy saving LEDs.
Come along with me on a magical December evening stroll in Barcelona, and enjoy the blues of the Christmas season in Spain.
strings of lights overhang most Barcelona streets, many for miles
lights seem to string into infinity along the main shopping street, Paseo Gracia
bedecked Barcelona streets and buildings
blue stars and swirls, and a red-hot hotel sign
starry, starry night
rows and rows of those same lights, along a narrow Barcelona street, as holiday strollers take the traditional evening paseo
Plaza Cataluna, Barcelona's center, draped in glittering lights
lights on the pedestrian street, La Rambla
palm trees and a creche by the Mediterranean harbor
and a more traditional, blazing blue Barcelona tree
Except for the lights, I hope it's not a blue Christmas for you.
May your new year be filled with color.
Happy Holidays and much love!