A memorial to the dead I photographed in 2016.
Today is the fourth anniversary of the end of Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution. On the 20th of February, 2014 pro-Russian snipers took to the streets and shot and killed as many civilians as they could manage.
Snipers in the same spot the memorials are now.
The revolution resulted in overthrowing the corrupt, dictatorial oligarch in charge of the country, but he fled to Russia and paved the way for Putin’s invasion shortly afterwards.
I have stayed in this area three times recently, and I think it is the best place to stay in Barcelona. In the second picture you can see the place we rented on the last visit on the left. Right next to the Cathedral, and near some other major sites, it was a pretty amazing experience.
The area is far from perfect; Barcelona is a big, butch city, and all the nightclubs etc. in the old quarter mean there’re lots of very young people making a big, smelly mess.
However, this is a huge, American-style grid city, and this is a different, more European part of town with an old atmosphere. The history here is incredible, and – once you figure out the crazy-winding streets – it is a fascinating location for a visit.
Scenes from Seville on this hot Sunday afternoon: the entrance to the colossal Cathedral, and hot horses hiding in the shade.
Well, the heavily-armed police who have been out since the Barcelona attacks are gone, but now we suddenly have all these defensive bollards disguised as decorative trees at the entrances to popular tourist spots.
Until the weekend, everywhere I’ve been in Spain has had national police officers with assault rifles standing in the middle of pedestrian areas. Today, the local police are back – sans scary weapons – but new, disguised barriers are in place instead.