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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
For those visiting Barcelona for the first time, you may not know that in Spain the tradition of the ‘Three Kings’ is in some cases more important than Christmas Day itself. Particularly for the children who have been patiently waiting throughout the Christmas period for the ‘Three Kings’ to arrive and bear gifts. On the evening of 5 January the streets are busy with parades throughout Barcelona, with overly excited children and tired parents waiting for the kings to hand out sweets and greet everyone.
If you are visiting Barcelona and find yourself on the popular Las Ramblas, why don’t you venture off the busy promenade and check out exhibition A Cop d’Ull at La Virreina just by La Boqueria market. Much has been documented about the power of the image, the way it changes in it’s surroundings, how it is interpreted by people from different backgrounds, ages etc and how we translate visual discourse in general. This exhibition offers beautiful glimpses of Barcelona as far as the 1950s via a variety of visual means.
Much has been said about up and coming bars and restaurant in the Born neighborhood of Barcelona. When we heard that Saboc restaurant offered a menu with food cooked at different temperatures, we knew we had to find out more. Especially as the people behind the scenes are the same owners from it’s previous spot Bestiari. Find out more in our brief interview below:
If you aren’t scared of the dark and wouldn’t mind delving into some history, visit the cemetery of Poblenou on the 30th October for a historical walk through the first cemetery in the city and learn about the history of Barcelona from 1775 until the conclusion of the Exposition of the 1888 and the last years of the nineteenth century. Yes, it gets that deep!
Affordable vintage designer furniture in Barcelona exists, and can be found in a variety of specialized stores throughout the city. It is hard to believe that such finds were once a rarity, as now there is a fab selection of places to pick up gems, some of which have been restored and others at brilliant prices that are sure to make your home look like a masterpiece from an interior design magazine.
Seeing as today is officially the day of love we caught up with wedding planner Clare Doane from Barcelona Wedding to find out the team’s favorite things to do and see amongst other recommendations. Many people go ahead with weddings in Barcelona and just outside the city for it’s incredible gastronomy, scenic locations, stunning venues and climate. As Clare and her team work hard on ensuring that all details are arranged in order to create the best weddings possible for their clients it only makes sense that we pick their brains and discover their Barcelona.
A calçot is a large green vegetable that belongs to the onion family, it looks somewhat like a leek and is not to be messed with during the Spring season here in Catalunya. Typically eaten with a romesco sauce (olive oil, hazel nuts, pine nuts, nora peppers, roasted garlic and roasted tomatoes), they are simply delicious – if you love your veg of course.
Those that live in the city know just how much of an exciting technology hub Barcelona is. Not only is the city home to sun, sea and sand, it is also a leading place when it comes to technological innovation and start-ups. It is then no wonder that the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest exhibition hosts it’s feria here, from the 25th to the 28th February. With many people in possession of a smartphone and mobile ownership having room to grow in even emerging countries, it is fair to say that this event is extremely significant and will not disappoint. This week the BBC reported about the first Firefox mobile, this is one trend that will continue to surge.
Next month sees the return of one of the world’s largest tradeshows, Cosmobelleza, due to take place on the 2,3 and 4 February. This 2013 edition is expected to be brimming with beauty, hair and other products, seminars, workshops, giveaways and more. Grupo Cosmobelleza is aimed at the professional hair and beauty market, extending it’s services to publications such as Tocado, for hairdressing; Vida Estética-Les Nouvelles Esthétiques, for aesthetics; Revista Cosmobelleza. They are at the forefront of industry news, which is why this international event remains ever so popular.
Fancy yourself as a good cook? Would love to entertain and get paid? Or perhaps you just love to eat out and meet different people. If so, we think you will be impressed with culinary concept EatWith, a dining experience that allows people to connect with the locals. So how does it work? Well it is all rather simple, you can either sign up to be a host and entertain your guests with your cooking skills or simply register as a guest, where you can select whose place you would like to eat in. Full information such as, menu, languages spoken and price are included so that you select which profiles suit your preferred taste.