My heart is very ready for spring, but the weather is still showing us its black-an-white movie. The winter didn’t think of stepping back and promises a cold week ahead with temperatures down to -15 Celsius (at night). No spring signs so far. I notice that my eyes are hungry for green so I browse Pinterest for tropical themes. My body shifts again, wanting less of heavy winter food and craving for fresh vegetables, so I need to make more green smoothies now. If you are in the same boat of green cravings, let me take you on a walk through one of the parks of Barcelona.
It is located in my favorite neighborhood of Clot, which I showed here some weeks ago. The name of it is logically Parc del Clot. Some time ago there was a factory in its place. The garden planners made a sweet nod to the history and kept some walls and the chimney. I find their solution lovely because the wall windows play well with the light. There is also an old hall preserved with arches which create great atmosphere in this space. I admire when the architects manage to unite the old and the new, the man-made and the nature – and the result feels natural and effortless. Some may disagree, but I love the factory reminiscences in this park.
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I love the lines that were created in this park – the straight lines of bridges and the round ones of the arches. And how the lush Mediterranean nature seems to live in harmony with them.
The park is full of life – there are plants and parrots in the trees making a lot of noise and building their nests. There are people on the evenings and weekends – playing basketball, football, going on rollerblades. There are kids on the playground, and the old people walking with dogs. I took photos on a quiet Tuesday afternoon when there were no people. But if you come to Parc del Clot on Sunday, you will see players on the field even in winter (because winter is usually mild there), you will see youngsters hanging out together. And what I love about this place – I never feel alone here. I see people holding together and it fills my heart. In Norway Sundays are usually very solitary days, with shops closed and people sticking to their families and events, and if you don’t happen to have a family, you can feel lonely. I did many times before I created my circle of friends, and later – my little family. But somehow when I am walking alone in Barcelona and see so much life, I never feel lonely. If you want to check that for yourself, come to Parc del Clot 😉
If you wondered what the little tower with the clock is, it is Ayuntamiento de Sant Marti, that is the town hall of the city part called Sant Marti that includes Clot and some others. It is situated just behind the park. The square around Ayuntamiento features houses in the colonial style – which instantly transports me to Cuba (I don’t know why, I’ve never been to Cuba). These are the facades of Barcelona that I love the most and can look at for hours. Aren’t they lovely, those houses?
These images were taken in early October but they feel like summer – green and sunny. The green is life. This is why I love Barcelona: it is full of life. What is special about the climate here in Norway it is the season change and the joy with which we welcome the spring. I hope to welcome it soon and I wish you a life with just as much color as you need 🙂
Anyone else here, hungry for the spring? What do you do to make it feel closer?