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Gegant at Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Catalunya
Walking around Barcelona’s old town today, we made a detour towards a plaza where we could hear a band playing. As it turns out it was one of the events for Les Festes de Santa Eulàlia, the feast day for one of the patron saints of Barcelona. We saw gegants (giant paper maché figures) and capgrossos (smaller paper maché heads) dancing in the crowd and in the case of the dragons, shooting fireworks. I’m not completely sure who this guy is, although by his Estelada (Catalan independence) flag I’d guess he played a role in the War of the Spanish Succession. What a fun event to stumble across!

Gegant at Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Catalunya

Walking around Barcelona’s old town today, we made a detour towards a plaza where we could hear a band playing. As it turns out it was one of the events for Les Festes de Santa Eulàlia, the feast day for one of the patron saints of Barcelona. We saw gegants (giant paper maché figures) and capgrossos (smaller paper maché heads) dancing in the crowd and in the case of the dragons, shooting fireworks. I’m not completely sure who this guy is, although by his Estelada (Catalan independence) flag I’d guess he played a role in the War of the Spanish Succession. What a fun event to stumble across!

Isn’t nature interesting? We saw several metres of these caterpillars, following each other head-to-tail, near our place in the Barcelona hills. I was tempted to move them off the road but apparently they’re quite poisonous! I found more about them here (yes I’m a nerd…).

Isn’t nature interesting? We saw several metres of these caterpillars, following each other head-to-tail, near our place in the Barcelona hills. I was tempted to move them off the road but apparently they’re quite poisonous! I found more about them here (yes I’m a nerd…).