Bar Bodega Restaurante Gelida
Situated on the corner of Carrer de la Diputació and Carrer de Comte d'Urgell in La Nova Eixample Esquerra, Gelida offers good food at a good price. Simple.
It's one of my favourite places to eat — especially during autumn and winter.
Situated in what used to be a publisher’s offices, Semproniana offers a relaxed ambience in which to enjoy excellent food.
One of my all-round favourites — equally good for lunch and dinner.
It’s also one of the family’s favourite spots and often our first choice restaurant when we feel a need for a family celebration.
I can never help smiling whenever I dine here. It’s that kind of place — quirky, arty, fun, and free of pretension.
Went to the barbers today.
While waiting to have my hair cut I recalled this image.
Enjoy exploring the history of Barcelona.
As you'll know there is a referendum on the future of Catalunya planned for tomorrow, October 1st.
The question on the ballot paper is:
'Do you want Catalunya to be an independent state in the form of a republic? YES/NO'
As well as sending in an additional 6,000 National Police officers and Civil Guards with orders to dismantle and disrupt the logistics of the vote, the Madrid government has closed down more than 140 pro-independence websites without warning; have ordered Google to take down a Google Play app which gave instructions on how to vote; seized control of the regional government's communications centre; mobilzed an army of internet trolls; and tried to block dozens of Twitter accounts and feeds.
Madrid is spewing out vast amounts of propaganda and misinformation, much of it exaggerated beyond parody and much of it based on fabrication.
Used to be a regular reader of El País and El País in English — not any more.
For a concise, and more accurate, summary of events up until September 28th watch the introduction to Matthew Tree's English language Avui TV programme: HERE.
For more up to date information go HERE: El Nacional.
Adéu Monarquia — Hola República.
One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious portraits of well-known, and not so well-known, people in unexpected places.
Here's another portrait of the singer, Amy Winehouse which appeared on Carrer Mozart in Vila de Gràcia during the Festes de Gràcia, 2017.
The graffiti is on a door in Carrer de Mozart, Vila de Gràcia.
Enjoy discovering graffiti in Barcelona.
Day 2, 10:30pm: After yesterday's exertions we planned to spend most of our time on one street, Joan Blanques, split into two decorated sections and with two stages featuring two very different crowd pleasing bands: A Contrablues and Dani Nel·lo's xxxxxxx
11pm: We found two chairs and a table and installed ourselves on Joan Blanques de Baix.
1am: Having decided we all needed a halfway decent mojito the four of us wended a way through the streets to Raïm. I ordered a mojito made with an oscuro (dark rum) 7 year-old Flor de Caña.
Visca Cuba! Visca Nicaragua!
2:30am ish: Having joshed and chatted with the Italian chef from a well-known and popular (or, should that be 'polpolar'?) Gallego restaurant, we left Raïm and headed down Carrer Progrés…
…and a huge statue of Lenin….
…where we encountered a handsome looking bloke wearing an Augusto Sandino t-shirt chatting with his poet girlfriend.
Visca Nicaragua! Visca Catalunya!
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5am: We finally called it a night and headed for bed.
Festes de Gràcia, 2017 — and we're off!
8am: A group of eight of us assemble for coffee and pastries at La Corrala before setting off to Plaça de la Revolució de la Revolució de Septembre 1868 to catch the start of the parade which announces the start of the festes.
En route we caught a look of Carrer de Puigmarti.
8:38am: and the Trabucaires prepare to fire their guns to launch the parade….
And then…we were joined by…the Lord of the Flies himself…
And, so to Plaça de la Vila — now transforned as The Little Prince square…
While the morning correfoc reached a climax…
Then off to explore the streets…
… picking up a few stragglers along the way. Now we were 10.
But, before Carrer Verdi we lost two fainthearts. We were again 8.