The Festa Major de Navas will be closing on Sunday, May 13th.
If you're in Barcelona then you may want to go along and check it out.
Navas is the barri in the district of Sant Andreu which straddles the Meridiana, squeezed between Guinardó, Camp de l'Arpa and La Sagrera.
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.
It’s August 15th — it’s Plaça de la Revolució de Setembre de 1868 — it’s 8:40am. Time to get ready to party.
Well…here it is… the winning entry of the competition to design the poster for this year’s festa de Gràcia.
One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is turning a corner and happening across curious festivities in unexpected places.
You never quite know… you may meet the Devil.
They told you, “The Devil has no friends…” They were lying.
He also has pets…
And a friend who wears shades…
And friends who enjoy a spot of fiery yoga and pilates in the morning…