Opening Ceremonies at Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona

Barcelona won the distinction of hosting these Olympic Games in 1986 and worked diligently to transform their city providing Olympic venues and preparing their city to host the onslaught of not only fine athletes from around the world who would be competing, but also the crowds of people who would perhaps be seeing their city for the first time. Many of the venues were completed a full year in advance of this spectacle. The city was shined up and was readied canada goose uk outlet canada goose outlet toronto factory to put on a memorable show!

We were with a group of people who were staying on Canada Goose Coats On Sale the Island of Mallorca and were flown by airplane to Barcelona in time to be hosted to a typical Catalan lunch at a restaurant called Con Travi Nou at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

After a leisurely lunch we were dropped off and began the long hike up to the Olympic Stadium. We were to follow guides waving yellow flags. There were many groups of people following different colored flags that day in addition to individuals and small family groups heading up the hill to Montjuic and the Olympic Stadium so we had to pay close attention so as not to be separated from our group.

Following the crowds making our way up Canada Goose sale the hill to Olympic stadium Source

Olympic banners and fountains Source

Following our guides holding the yellow flags Source

It was a very buy canada goose jacket hot day in Barcelona and most of the people were all wearing shorts or at the least very comfortable clothing with good walking shoes.

This was our first Olympics to canada goose clearance attend in person and we had no idea how much fun it was going to be trading Olympic pins with people from around the world. Most people had their Olympic pins attached to their clothing, buy canada goose jacket cheap hats, or bags that they might have been carrying. Often people would approach us wanting to trade pins. Some people spoke our language and others did not. But with a questioning look and smile while gesturing and holding out one or two of their pins while pointing to Canada Goose Parka one of ours canadian goose jacket transmitted the message quite well.

Some avid Olympic fans who knew the value of certain pins were die hearted traders on a mission to increase the value of their holdings. If they spotted a desired pin canada goose black friday sale that they wished to add to their collection often they would offer two or three pins in exchange for the one they wanted. Most like us were simply happy to trade ones in which we might have had duplicates for others that were different. Canada Goose Outlet Olympic pins not only varied according to the country but also other Olympic Games in years past. Logos for businesses worldwide were also made into Olympic pins. That turned out to be quite a sport!

Mist from fountains doing water ballets to music helped cool us off as we were mingling with the masses making their canada goose uk shop way up Montjuic uk canada goose outlet on that very warm day.

This water fountain kept performing a water ballet to music. Source

View of the castle and water fountains Source

Getting higher up the hill and looking Canada Goose online back Source

Montjuic Park sits atop a rocky hill that is at a height of 173 metres in Barcelona. The building that dominates the top of the hill as one approaches it from the street level is the castle which was used by the military for many years. It now houses a military museum.

Many beautiful gardens are located at the top of Montjuic and we simply caught a glimpse of some of them as we were moving en masse towards the stadium.

There is a Spanish Village on Montjuic which is housed behind walls and shows replicas of buildings from all over Spain. Museums of many types are also in this area of the city. We were able to spend canada goose coats on sale some time in the Miro Foundation on another day when we came back for one of the Olympic events men’s diving. Obviously one could spend many days on Montjuic exploring all of the many different venues but that was not our goal of this eventful day.

The canada goose factory sale many fountains continued to provide a canada goose clearance sale spectacle of aquatic beauty and much appreciated mist as we kept cheap Canada Goose climbing the hill. King Juan Carlos I declared the XXV Olympiad games open.

Borne by six Spanish Olympic athletes and two volunteers the Olympic flag entered the stadium to much fanfare. A memorial to cities and athletes that participated in the past Olympics was completed. The XXV Olympic Games were inaugurated with the most beautiful of ceremonies.

80 musicians sounded the Olympic canada goose coats opening and over 800 performers dressed in colorful outfits representing flowers and birds welcomed one and all with the word of friendship Hola!

The rose is the symbol of Catalonia and canada goose store these first photos show the canada goose symbolic flower.

Symbol Canada Goose Online of the Olympics Opening Olympic ceremony images / Barcelona Source

Birds released and fly off into the evening sky Opening Olympic ceremony images / Barcelona Source

Sun, Canada Goose Jackets Hercules and Mediterranean Sea

The red and yellow flame like costumes represented the sun and the cheap canada goose uk sun is an attribute of Hercules. The legend told by this part of opening ceremonies has Hercules setting off under the protection of the sun uk canada goose on a journey to see the world. The blue garbed people become representative of the Mediterranean sea.

A ship sets out onto the sea but they are canada goose uk black friday attacked by monsters. Victorious at last the men found a city and legend has it that city became Barcelona.

This glorious site was accompanied by music and much theatrics. At one point we were all invited to don our sun like masks and the entire audience was suddenly a part of the scenery. To this day I have kept one of those souvenir masks.