I'm standing on the very large deck of our hotel room in the Rivoli Ramblas Hotel in the centre of Barcelona, with an absolutely magnificent view. I can see wonderful churches and public buildings, but I can also see a forest of roofs and red tiles, television antennae, people's washing hanging out on the balcony, people sunbathing on the roof, a confusion of air conditioning apparatus and other rooftop equipment. It does look so very European. In the background I can hear much more noise than you would usually expect: there are helicopters flying around, cathedral bells tolling, fireworks are exploding (and it's only 2 o'clock in the afternoon), and people are cheering in the streets.

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