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Roof Terraces of Barcelona

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 20

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.
Welcome to the New Year and the first Look Up, Look Down Challenge of 2014.  Thank You and welcome back to all of you who participated last year, providing such variety and inspiration with your shots. Welcome too, to those who haven’t joined us yet – why not make this week your first?

Part of the Crib in Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Christmas 2013

Open space and fresh air can be hard to find in a city, but Barcelona makes great use of its balconies and roof terraces.   Look up and you will see that almost every building has a terrace on the roof.

Ever wondered what goes on up there?

Well, this year, the giant crib scene, or pessebre, in Plaça de Sant Jaume is dedicated to roof terraces – a gift for this Look Up post.  Crib scenes are on display all around town, but the giant scene here is always my favourite.  This year’s modern theme has all the detail I have come to expect, including, of course, the caganer.  You’ll spot Santa climbing onto terraces, women doing the washing, children playing, people tending their garden, a little boy feeding his Tio de Nadal and even a man fishing.

The cribs are a great Christmas attraction.  They are normally free to enter, though the ones in churches and the Cathedral always appreciate a donation.  They are in place until 6 January so you still have time to take a peek.

Plaça de Sant Jaume, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona.  Metro: L4 – Jaume I.

For more on Epiphany celebrations:
Kings, Camels and Caganers
Three Kings Parade


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.  Just publish your post as normal and then link it to this challenge.

Welcome to week 20!  A big thank you to all who entered last week.

You can see all of the entries from previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are  just plain nosy.

So please show us what you have; share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT and will be open for a week.

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    • Ah yes, I love those donkeys.
      You linked in just minutes before this week’s challenge so I have included your lovely picture in this week’s Linky too. If you want to do an other entry for this week, feel free. There’s no limit.
      And thanks for taking part in the challenge.


      • Or at least I would if I could, but the picture doesn’t seem to link to the post. Fell free to add in again if you want so viewers of the linky get a chance to see those fantastic donkeys.


  1. Hi Debbie, well I was visiting Cee’s blog – and it reminded me that you had this challenge (week 20) – and I decided to join in this week (such a great idea to do a perspective challenge).

    Also, I like your photos this week and especially like the one looking down on the porch (upper left in the collage). 🙂
    My photo is looking up at some old pillars….


    • Not too worry, who cares about a little thing like a number! I ran the last challenge (week 19) for 2 weeks and left people to enter twice against that one challenge if they wanted. Sorry, I didn’t think about altering the numbering to reflect the gap! You could call your next one week 20 again or week 20 part 2? Debbie


  2. Great captures! Haven’t been to Barcelona, but to Malaga, in the South of Spain on our honeymoon, which later I discovered was where Picasso was born. Happy New Year to you!


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