Sketches Of Spain
Sculpture, architecture, painting: Art is everywhere in Barcelona and helps to define this city as one of Europe's most cosmopolitan. X Games Barcelona skateboarding judge Neal Hendrix shares his thoughts through the lens.
Public transportation in Barcelona is fantastic, and renting a bike or a moped is by far the best way to get around. It doesn't hurt that the slower speeds let you admire pieces like this as you make your way around town.
One sight familiar to summer X Games competitors and fans is the palm tree -- ubiquitous in Southern California, home to X Games Los Angeles. Palms are common here in Barcelona, close as the city is to the Mediterranean Sea.
Of all the art forms, architecture is probably the one for which Barcelona is best known. Here, the Aduana de Barcelona -- the historic customs building near the port -- is reflected by the mirror-like glass of a neighboring structure.
In cities of stone and glass and wood and iron, where vertically oriented apartment buildings house much of the population, any small escape into the fresh air is welcome.
Another advantage to the balcony? Painting en plein air.
La Sagrada Família
If architecture is Barcelona's calling card, then Antoni Gaud is the man whose name it bears. The famed architect also dabbled in furniture, urban planning and landscape architecture. He was fatally injured in a tram accident in 1926 and is buried in the Carmen chapel in the crypt of La Sagrada Famlia -- the church whose construction he supervised and which continues to this day.
Hide And Seek
Schoolchildren chase each other in the Spanish sunshine.
A spot of rouge and a kiss of lipstick gussy up a classic fountain statue in Barcelona.
A stylish young woman stops to admire and capture her environs. As the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, Barcelona sees plenty of visitors, who often flock to the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites the city hosts.