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DECEMBER 2016

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¡¡¡ MERRY CHRISTMAS ¡¡ Feliz Navidad ¡¡ Frohe Weinachten ¡¡¡   Christmas it is coming and we have a lot of activities that you can do during this wonderful time of the year in Barcelona. Exhibits 2016:   Caixaforum. The Caixaforum located in Montjuic has a wonderful exhibit called ” The Thyssen never seen”, that will allow you to rediscover magnificent paintings done by artists such as Giotto, Canaletto, Cezanne, Picasso and many others.   Picasso Museum. The Picasso Museum has a temporary exhibit that will allow you to discover the amazing Cubism with paintings done not just by Picasso but also by Bracque, Gris and many other artists.   MAGICAL FOUNTAINS OF MONTJUIC. This fountains build in 1929 for the 2nd World Fare that took place in Barcelona it is a must on Christmas Time.   CHOREOGRAPHY SCHEDULE CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 2016 (12/02/2016 to 12/24/2016) 2/3 & 16/17 December 09/10 & 23/24 December FRIDAY SATURDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY Note: The schedule may be subject to change without previous notice   Christmas Markets :   We do have different markets where you can buy the Christmas manger . If you come to Barcelona during this month you will enjoy the city . The temperature it is very nice, very mild, normally around 50 to 60 º Fahrenheit /10ºC. and there are many activities taking place in Barcelona. The two most important markets are located infront of the Cathedral ( Cathedral of Saint Eulalia ), but also next to the BAsilica Sagrada Familia. Caganer. IT is a very popular figure in the Catalan Cristmas nativies. It is the representation of a figurine doing his/her necesities. It seems that during the Barroque Days it was common to decorate some part of the homes with mosaics that showed this circumentances. Nowadays the politicians and also the kings and Queens are represented during his/her necesities.   http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/international/2016/10/05/spanish-company-catches-clinton- http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/07/spicy-hillary-and-trump-dumps-as-foreign-entrepreneurs-cash-in-on-election.   Concerts. There are many concerts taking place in Barcelona during those days such as ” spanish Guitarr” at the Catalan Music Palace on December 28th, December 30th at 12 am, Opera and Flamenco from Rafael Amargo at Polirama Theater on December 29th at 19 Hours, Tablao Flamenco cordobés on Friday December 30th at 19.30 hours and many others.   Festivities : DECEMBER 25th . . It is the most important day of the Christmas period. We celebrate Christmas with the family. During the lunch the families at the table the families eat the famouse Sopa de Galets or Consomme with Pasta soup, fish , meat such as Spanish ham, suckling lamb , roasted piglet , etc. and for dessert the famouse Turrón or Nougat with sparkling wine or Cava .   DECEMBER 26th. During that day we continue celebrating Christmas with the family. Enjoying another family lunch. In that day the families normally eat cannelloni . The shops during that day most of them remain close and some of the museums such as the Sagrada Familia, Cathedral, Güell Park that are open normally just in the morning.   19:00 19:30 Christmas Carols I 2000’s Hits Christmas Carols II Children’s Music Christmas Carols I 2000’s Hits Christmas Carols II Children’s Music 19:30 20:00 Classical Music II Christmas Carols III Barcelona Current Hits Waltzes from Viena Spanish Classical Music Christmas Carols III Barcelona Current Hits Waltzes from Viena...

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THE CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA : Barcelona during the medieval days

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If there is a book that must be read before arriving to Barcelona it is without any doubt ” The Cathedral of the sea” written by Idelfonso Falconés. In this magnificent book he talks about the construction of one of the nicest churches in Barcelona ( Santa María del Mar ), a wonderful chuch located in the Born Aerea. The book explains the construction of this church during the medieval days , a time in which Barcelona was one of the most important cities in the Aragón Kingdom and allows us to discover what it was living during that time. During this week they are shooting a film based on this magnificent book. A must in Barcelona ¡¡¡¡      ...

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FIESTAS DE GRACIA : JULES VERNE

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    This year las ” Fiestas de Gracia” have decided to conmemorate one of the most important european writers without any doubt that would be Jules Verne (1828-1905 ). He wrote books such as ” Arround the World in 80 days” or ” Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” , that allowed us to travel arround the world or discover the famouse Captain Nemo . In Barcelona every year we celebrate the Fiesta Mayor de Gracia, that it is a cultural party where the residents decorate the streets. During this weeks there are many activities for children, for adults , for couples and singles just as children water balloon fights or water games, afternoon snacks, parcheesi tournament, or concerts.The main goal of this festival it is to promote good relations among the neighbours . Most probably the origin of the festivity it started on 1827 when Gracia was a village, far away from Barcelona. At that time las Fiestas where most probably religiouse linked with the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary of August 15th. Later on at the end of the the XIX century the neighbors created associations and the party became a secular, non religiouse one organizing them many activities just as decorating the streets or preparing tables for gambling and afternoon snacks. Nowadays Las Fiestas de Gracia are one of the most important activities that take place in Barcelona.   Activities :   Sardanas ( Traditional Dance ) 19 Hours //18/8/2016 – Berga Street Wine Tasting 20 Hours //18/8/2016 – Berga Street Swing 22.30Hours//18/8/2016- Swing Square Chocolate with rumba and Son 18.00 Hours//19/8/2016-Poble Romaní Square Gospel 19 .00Hours//19/8/2016 – Sant Miquel Square  ...

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Vivian Maier : Gallery Colectania

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One of the best exhibitions that we have in Barcelona at this moment would be the exhibition taking place at Collectania: Vivian Maier and her works. The Gallery Collectania shows 80 of her works during her life. She born in New York in 1926 but very soon she moved with her family to Paris where she spend her childhood and went back again to the Us where she start working as a nanny for different families in New York and in Chicago. Her works shows her love to the children and also her interests in the human nature. It is without any doubt a must in Barcelona.   Colectania : Calle Julian Romea number 6. Opening Times : 11 to 14 pm and then from 16 to 20...

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SUMMER TIME IN BARCELONA

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The summer time it is arriving to Barcelona and one of the best places to enjoy the summer time at night would be the terraces of the hotels, where at the night you can enjoy your dinner and at the same time as you enjoy the wonderful views of Barcelona. Hotels that we recomend for the Sommer time :   + Hotel Condes de Barcelona : Hotel located at Paseo de Gracia number 73. You can enjoy this roof terrace from 12 noon to 02 am ( Quarter : Expansion )   + Hotel Mandarin Oriental. Hotel located at Paseo de Gracia number 38. You can enjoy this roof terrace after 18 pm.   + Hotel Clarís. Hotel located at Pau Clarís number 150. You can enjoy this roof terrace from 11 am to 02 am (Quarter: Expansion )   + Hotel 1898. Hotel located at the Ramblas number 109. You can enjoy this roof terrace from 11 am to 02 am (Quarter: Downtown – El Raval )   + Hotel Ohla. Hotel located at the Via Layetana number 49. You can enjoy this roof terrace from 18.30 to 01.30 am ( Quarter : Gothic Quarter )   + Hotel W Barcelona. Hotel located at the Square La Rosa dels vents ( Barceloneta ). You can enjoy this roof terrace from 19 to 02 am         Picture as a courtesy from Hotel Clarís    ...

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THE FINAL : THE CHAMPIONS ( FOOTBALL )

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Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid will fight in order to win the Champions. We have without any doubt one of the most important football leagues in Europe and during the last years, one of our teams won the Champions. The F.C. Barcelona won the Champions in 2015 with players like Luis Suárez, Neymar or Ivan Rakitik   Real Madrid already won the Champions against the following Teams:   10 Champions Cups (Real Madrid ) : 1956 against Stade de Reims 1957 against Fiorentina 1958 against Milan 1959 against Stade de Reims 1960 against Eintracht Frankfurt 1966 against Partizan Belgrad 1998 against Juventus 2000 against Valencia 2002 against Bayer Leverkusen 2014 against Atlético Madrid   Atlético de Madrid will try to win the Champions for the first time in Milan (28/5/2016 ) .   ¡¡¡¡ Good luck Atlético and Real MAdrid ¡¡¡¡¡...

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CERVANTES AND THE BOOKS DAY IN BARCELONA : APRIL 23RD

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In a day like today we have to remember Cervantes. He is the most important writer in spanish lenguage of all times. His book ” El Quijote ” has been considered without any doubt one of the most important book in the Literature and he died in a day like today in 1616 in Madrid .   We celebrate due this fact the books day all along the country and Barcelona as one of the most important cities and it is happy to celebrate Cervantes day .   “Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.” ” Vivía un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha mucho tiempo que vivía un hidalgo de los de lanza en astillero, adarga antigua, rocín flaco y galgo corredor. Una olla de algo más vaca que carnero, salpicón las más noches, duelos y quebrantos los sábados, lentejas los viernes, algún palomino de añadidura los domingos, consumían las tres partes de su hacienda. El resto della concluían sayo de velarte, calzas de velludo para las fiestas con sus pantuflos de lo mismo, los días de entre semana se honraba con su vellori de lo más fino. Tenía en su casa una ama que pasaba de los cuarenta, y una sobrina que no llegaba a los veinte, y un mozo de campo y plaza, que así ensillaba el rocín como tomaba la podadera. Frisaba la edad de nuestro hidalgo con los cincuenta años, era de complexión recia, seco de carnes, enjuto de rostro; gran madrugador y amigo de la caza. Quieren decir que tenía el sobrenombre de Quijada o Quesada (que en esto hay alguna diferencia en los autores que deste caso escriben), aunque por conjeturas verosímiles se deja entender que se llama Quijana; pero esto importa poco a nuestro cuento; basta que en la narración dél no se salga un punto de la verdad.”  ...

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CAIXAFORUM : IMPRESSIONISTS AND MODERNS ( PHILLIPS COLECTION ) : APRIL 2016

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If there is an exposition that it is really worth visiting in Barcelona it is without any doubt the ” Impressionists and Moderns” ( Phillips colections ). The Caixaforum it is a wonderful building located in Montjuic ( Jewish Mountain ) in Barcelona. The building itself was build by the Art Noveau architect Puig i Cadafalch in Barcelona ( 1909-1912 ) as a textile factory for Mr. Casaramona . The public bank La Caixa bought the building in the year 2002 , has updated it and nowadays it is without any doubt a must in Barcelona. The exhibition that we would like to recomend it is an amazing colection that shows us the art during the last 150 years owned by Mr. Phillips ( 1886 – 1966 / Washington ) a very important american businessman philanthropic and fond of the new art who bought amazing paintings from artists such as Picasso, Bracque, Kandinsky, Pollock or Rotko. One of the nicest painting at the exhibit it is without any doubt ” The blue room ” from picasso. It is a painting from the blue periode, 1901, that shows us a model taking a bath copying the celebrated ” Le tub ” from Degas. Le Tub was part of a collection that Degas presented at the 8th Impressionist Exhibit in 1886 , where he represented models taking a bath.   Degas ( Musée d’Orsay – París ), Picasso ( Phillips Colection )     In both painting we do have a model taking a bath showing us a private moment , a moment of intimacy in her room with a bath or a Tub. When Degas painted ” Le Tub ” in 1886 he was inspired by the famouse sculpture ” Venus squatting” done by the artist Doidalsas from Britannia ( C. IIbC).                        ...

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CALENDAR : MARCH 2016 – Eastern, Chocolate Eggs, Magical Fountains….

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There are many activities taking place during the Month of March 2016 :   Magical Fountains. : This are the wonderful Fountains build in 1929 for the World Fare that took place in Barcelona ( Plaza España ) During the month of February the Magical fountains of Montjuic were not working , but now in March 2016 they are working again. Friday and Saturdays from 19 to 22.30 hours.         Photography: (1) Mapfre Foundation presents an amazing exhibit from Hiroshi Sugimoto. He is considered one of the best photographer from the last decades and museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York Museum of Modern Art or the Smithsonian have shown his amazing work . Location : Diputación 250 ( Metro Stop – Paseo de Gracia). A must in Barcelona. Perez de Rozas , it is one of our best photographers from the 1940s. (2 ) Archivo Fotográfico de Barcelona : ” Perez de Rozas ” . This exhibit shows us one of the most important periods in our History , that would be the 1940 – 1950s in Barcelona,the period just after the Spanish Civil War. Location : Pl. Pons i Clerch. Location – El Born.   Opera : ” Götterdämmerung ” from Wagner. Barcelona Opera House ( Liceo). Location- Ramblas ( Metro – Liceo) ” Carmen from Bizet” – Catalan Music Palace ( El Born – Barcelona ).   Eastern : We are almost in Easter time in Barcelona. Eastern it is a very important week in Barcelona and today in most of the churches they will celebrate the Sunday Easter with the benediction of the palms . Families with children, senior and people from all ages buy the palm and in the churches they will benedict them. This morning at 12 am they will have a wonderful mass inside the Holly Family ( It is mandatory an invitation to participate in the mass ) and they will have a massive mass. During this week the bakeries are working 24 hours in order to prepare and afterwards sell the famous chocolate Eastern egg. Fantasy it is very important for the bakeries and if you are in Barcelona you will see magnificent cakes with great forms and shapes inspired in the soccer sport (F.C. Barcelona Stadium and soccer players like Messi, Xavi or others ) or in cartoons and movies. The origin of the chocolate eggs comes from the first civilizations like Egypt , Greece or China where the egg was the symbol of life and the fertility . The romans continue this tradition giving eggs to their friends and family members as a symbol of joy . Many times this eggs were made out of marble , stone , glass or wood. Afterwards in the Christianity buying eggs during Easter became very important as the symbol of Jesus death. Where can you buy a Chocolate Egg in Barcelona ? Escribà : Rambla de Les Flors number 83        ...

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BARCELONASANDRATOURS HAS WON THE LUXURY TRAVEL PRICE AWARD 2016

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We are very pleased to announce that we have won the Barcelonasandratours Luxury Travel Award 2016 . This has been a very important award for us as it shows the quality, the effort that we daily do in order to offer not just wonderful tours but also a Blog in order to provide as much information as possible from our wonderful town of Barcelona , exhibitions that takes place in the city and also the Blog.  ...

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