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House of Snails

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-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 102

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 images with an up or down perspective.


Barcelona’s Avinguda del Paral·lel as a noisy, busy thoroughfare that has never really attracted my attention before.  Having discovered an excellent tapas bar here (more on that here), though, I now have reason to visit this part of town.  While enjoying my tapas I spotted this architectural delight overhead.

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It’s obvious where this place got its name: the Casa dels Cargols – House of Snails – is simply covered with snails (plus the odd caterpillar).

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As the story goes, the original owner commissioned the house after discovering gold while hunting for snails up on Montjuïc. In recognition of these lucky gastropods, he honoured them with pride of place on the façade of this beautiful building on a prime corner plot at the junction of Tamarit and Parallel.

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If seeing it from below isn’t enough for you, at least one of the apartments inside is available to rent on airbnb.

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House of Snails, Carrer de Tamarit 89, Barcelona


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 102! As always, a huge thank you to all who participated last week.

All are welcome to join this challenge; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and 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 linky list normally opens on Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and remains open for one week. 

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 20 August 2015

8 replies »

  1. Stunning and ornate – not my style, but it all fits beautifully together – and who would have thought to choose snails as the main theme:) Wish I could have tapas there with you – I remember I really liked the Spanish cuisine!

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