Panoramic view on Port Vell and The Monument of Christopher Columbus at Pl. Portal de la Pau from Montjuïc. It is the calm before the storm, in a couple of hours this very place will be overwhelmed with tourists. Tourist euros increasingly come with a hefty price tag to Barcelona. The city used to be a desirable city for people with taste. Its Modernist architecture, high-end shops and restaurant culture were major pulls. But the city center today suffers chronically from souvenir tat and tourist overload. The infamous Las Rambla and Port Vell are bent double shouldering an endless stream of visitors at the mercy of itinerant sellers, pickpockets and con artists. Last year, just as Barcelona earned the title of the third most visited city in Europe, it got a new mayor, Ada Colau — an outspoken critic of tourists in the city. After being elected to office in June 2015, Colau threatened to put a cap on the number of visitors to Barcelona, fearing it would “end up like Venice”, a city in which tourism has been blamed for driving locals away and to make the city and turning the city into a large self-destructing theme park – Hotel Miramar, Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain.
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I’ve been living in and traveling to the USA for decades… And, the more I travel in the US the more I realize just how much of it there is to see. I still haven't been to Yellowstone or Yosemite or some of the smaller states. I have only seen a tiny slice of Texas, and have a huge amount of the Midwest left to explore. And then there are the places I always want to go back to — places like the Bay Area, Chicago and New England. Even though I have SO MUCH more to see, here are some of the highlights from my US travel.
"Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with how you see them."
I just like to take pictures, I just push the button. I never worked in the darkroom, I never studied photography or journalism; I’m just a passionate photographer.
"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure, without a loss of enthusiasm”
Sir Winston Churchill
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