* The kiss of death ~ This astonishing sculpture forms part of Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery. The Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mort in Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish) dates back to 1930. A winged skeleton bestows a kiss on the lips of a handsome young man: is it ecstasy on his face or resignation? Little wonder the sculpture elicits strong and varying responses from whoever gazes upon it. *
"I dare you." I said. "To what?" Alexander asked. "To kiss that lady." "Which one?" He smirked. "The statue." I pointed at the solemn looking bust of a woman from Ancient Greece. He walked over nonchalatly and kissed it. Then turning to me he grinned, "The kiss was stone cold."