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How Barcelona is designed?

When we travel to a new place, one of the first things that we should do is to understand how the city is designed; it will help us to orientate in this place and to understand the history of this place. So, How Barcelona is designed? Lets see the map of Barcelona to understand it…

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A Tapas Tour

Yesterday I did a tapas tour with a short group. I have done it with families, group of friends and yesterday they where colleagues of an international company who decided to visit the city in this way. It’s quite frequent to do this tour the same day that travellers arrive, when they want to see…

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What does it mean “Vale”?

When you arrive to Spain one of the frequent words that you will listen is “vale“. A lot of people that don’t speak Spanish are surprise to listen constantly this word. It’s a frequently question of my travellers. It’s nothing else that: “OK”, “All right”, “Sure” or “Fine” People, who have learnt Spanish in USA, maybe have learnt…

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Poblenou & Poblenou Urban District

Poblenou was the biggest industrial area of Spain at beginnings of the 20th Century. In the last years it has been reconverted in a kind of district that offers unusual options: we have the biggest flea market of the city; the HUB museum (a big museum dedicated to design) but maybe what have make this…

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Where can I see dance la Sardana?

As maybe you have heard, in Spain there are different folkloric dances. The Flamenco is not the dance of the whole Spain. Although, that you can see great shows of Flamenco in Barcelona, Madrid or in other cities in Spain, the Flamenco is the folkloric dance of the Andalusia, one of the 17 autonomies or…

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Saint Medir Festivity – March 3rd

March 3rd, is Saint Medir, the patron saint of the neighbourhood of Gracia in Barcelona. A big festivity! But when it started? Why they celebrate it and what they do. The legend of Saint Medir is linked with another saint: Saint Sever. From 303 to 313 the big Christians persecutions in the whole Roman Empire…

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Live Nativity at Catalonia

At Christmas one of the well know Spanish traditions is to represent at home the crib of Bethlehem: the manger. These representations can be huge and very elaborated. There are different places where you can admirer these works. But besides, recently it has become very popular to represent the “Live Nativity”, where you can walk…

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Phantom Stations of the Underground of Barcelona

The first tunnel of the underground of Barcelona, call “Gran Metro” (Big Underground) was built at Via Laietana AV. An Avenue opened in the middle of the old Barcelona between 1908 and 1913. Try to imagine, in this moment disappeared houses, palaces and convents with more than 500 years of history. They took advantage of…

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Christmas Markets and The Three Kings’ Parade

Christmas Markets These days there are a lot of open-air markets in Barcelona. One of the most famous maybe is the Santa Lucia Market, finished now. That market is celebrated in front of the Cathedral and is well known to buy decorations for Christmas. But one of those markets that you can still see is…

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What to do in Christmas / New Year Eve in Barcelona?

If you have decided to spend in Barcelona this New Year Eve and you don’t know where to celebrate this special moment, maybe you would like the new option offered by the City: to celebrate it in the Magical Fountains. Here you have the timetable and what are you going to see: Barcelona New Year…

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Barcelona with children: “Barcelona through Lissy’s eyes”

When I’m guiding a family, if they have children, I realize it’s difficult for them to pay attention to me for a long time. That’s why when I’m in front of something especial that I think it can surprise them I try to emphasize it for them, but really, one never knows what they will…

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New Meeting of Harley Davison motorbikes

For 4 consecutive years, as a tradition, every summer they meet in Barcelona. This weekend it will be possible to admire these motorbikes of the America Brand in the Montjuic Hill. The access to the area it’s free.

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The Open Terrace week

Today in Barcelona has started the week when it’s possible to visit the different terraces of the hotels to drink something. 51 hotels have decided to follow this idea. Their offer consist not only on drinks but activities as massage, gastronomic workshop, live music. Good idea!!! Here you have a catalan video: here.

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International museum day – 2013

Remember. This Saturday is the International museum day and there are several museums which open day and night. Besides there are a lot of shows inside of these (concerts, workshops, performance…). From 19.00 to 01.00 It’s possible to visit these for free. Enjoy it!!!

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Picasso – A painting covering up another painting

It has been found a previous painting under the painting of Picasso “Retrat de la Mare de l’Artista”. When Picasso was young, Picasso’s family was a modest family and they didn’t have enough money to buy a lot of canvas. So he painted on every surface he found: a fan, a tambourine… I guess he reused…

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Jan 17th – The festivity “Els Tres Tombs”

On Saint Anthony Abat, January 17th, we celebrate “Els 3 Tombs” (the 3 turns). Saint Anthony Abat is the patron Saint of the animals, but those with round feet. It’s a Catholic tradition. Those animals are blessed the nearest Sunday to that date and they make them turn around the villages 3 times. In the…

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What is celebrated in Catalonia on September 11th?

In the Succetion Spanish War the Aragon Crown bet on Charles of Austria in order to recover the politic power Aragon had had before joining Castilla. On the other hand the Bourbon saw the opportunity to enlarge his hegemony in Europe if they would occupy the Spanish Throne. This would affect the European stability and…

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Visiting Montserrat

When a group decides to visit Montserrat and asks me to go up from Barcelona, visit the Sanctuary and return in five hours and sometimes in four, I think: it’s a shame to spend so much time on that trip and then visit the place so quickly (the sanctuary of Montserrat is an hour driving…

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Fake Tour Guides

Yesterday I was in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona with a group. When I finished my explanation two girls approached me and asked me about the “Castellers” (a human tower which is a Catalan tradition). They had gone there because the previous day a supposed tour guide told them that it was possible to…

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Monument to Francesc Macià – Catalonia Square

Walking around by Catalonia Square, at Barcelona downtown, you have stopped in front of this monument. I like it very much! It’s dedicated to the President of the Generalitat de Catalonia (the Catalane Government) called Francesc Macià 1859-1933. Catalane people loved him; they called him L’AVI, the Grandfather in catalane language. When he died a…

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“Caga Tió” and the Epiphany’s day in Catalonia

In a lot of countries, different Christmas characters bring presents to children and adults. In Catalonia we have two of them. On December 24th we do the “Caga Tió”. The Tió is a log which appears in the living room’s homes before Christmas. Children feed it with pieces of fruit every day, but on the…

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Wealthy Barcelona

According to the news, one out of four euros tourists spend in Barcelona; they do so in Passeig the Gràcia Avenue. Passeig the Gràcia was the street chosen by wealthy people to live in since they broke down the city walls in the middle of XIX century. Thereafter, replacing Ramblas Avenue, it’d become the most…

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Enric Sagnier: an unknown Architect in Barcelona

Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia was an architect well related with wealthy people and clergy, and this let him to be the architect who built more buildings in Barcelona (over 300). Despite that, he also built out of Barcelona. He applied eclectic style (different styles together in the same building), neoclassical style, and some time he…

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Anís del Mono Factory

The only existing factory of the anisette “Anís del Mono” is located in Badalona. It’s an 1870 modernist jewel and, you can not only visit it, but every year it produces more than 4 million of liters of that liquor well known throughout the World. The factory was founded by José and Vicente Bosch brothers, when they…

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The roman soldier of the Sagrada Familia with 6 toes in each foot

On the Birth facade of the Sagrada Família there is a sculpture which represents a Roman soldier in the “Massacre of the Innocents”. Gaudí and Matamala sculptors’ team were choosing casual passers-by to use them as a models for the different sculptures. They took a picture with a set of mirrors of the chosen person. In that way, they got in the same picture every…

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The Lampposts of Passeig de Gràcia – Barcelona

Pere Falqués designed these lampposts in 1906. They are located along Passeig de Gràcia and in them we can see the different details used by the artist in Art Nouveau, here called Modernist: Modernist made things with various uses: in that case the lamp is not only a street lamp for the cars and another…

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Saint George – the Catalan Patron Saint

Saint George was born and grew up in Cappadocia, a part of Turkey nowadays. He lived between the third and the fourth century. He was a roman captain and he became personal guard of emperor Diocletian. He converted into Christian religion, just in a period of time that, following Diocletian’s orders, the prosecution against Christians…

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