These are old photos from Barcelona and someone of you may have seen these before. But I wanted to honor Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón (1964-2020) who died in June 2020 of cancer. I have read all four books of his series of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and in 2017 during my visit to Barcelona I participated to a guided walking tour which followed the routes of The Shadow of the Wind.
This city is enchanted, you know Daniel?
It goes under the skin and robs the soul, and you don’t even notice.
Esta ciudad es bruja, sabe usted, Daniel?
Se le mete a uno en la piel y le roba a uno el alma sin que uno se dé ni cuenta.
We were about twenty admirers of Zafón who were guided by our charming guide Cristina to the venues of the book. In addition to me, there was a Chilean lady, other participants came from different cities of Spain. Our guide Cristina took us into the moods of the book by reading excerpts from the book both in English and Spanish every time we stopped. The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar is important in the book, so a few photos of it.
I did not know then Nova and her T in die neue Woche challenge - so this is what I have got!
In Barrio Gótico there is a small bookstore, which has kindly kept the fountain pen
coveted by the novel’s Daniel on display at the window for 12 years.
It is a book of 11 short stories a la gothic mysticism of Zafón ❤︎
Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New year's prayer, not a resolution.
I'm praying for courage. - Susan Sonntag
New Year's Greetings!