Back in Paris the grey cloud is low and the drizzle is cold, so here’s a memory of sunshine and shadow among the orange trees of a hidden garden in Barcelona.



The Jardins de Rubió i Lluch is a serene green space at heart of the former Hospital de la Santa Creu i la Casa de la Convalescència (or Hospital and Convalescent Home of the Holy Cross).  In high summer the shady cloisters must give respite from the heat while on a chilly November morning the sun reaching between the orange trees offered welcome warmth.

Built and expanded over three hundred years from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, the hospital moved to new premises in the nineteenth century.   The historic buildings are now divided among a number of public functions including the Institute of Catalan Studies and the Library of Catalunya.


Prompted by the Weekly Photo Challenge Serene.