Sunday, November 23

Spicy Orange Cow at Tapas Bar in Barcelona

Spicy Orange Cow at Tapas Bar, Barcelona

Some bars and shops in Barcelona feature these well known cows that originally were meant as public art as part of the cowparade and that as everything popular in this life ended up getting into the advertising business to reinvent themselves and get some extra cash to invest in public art. Who knows? 

I leave you with this poor cow that has to sell spicy sauces in a tapas bar at Rambla Catalunya in Barcelona. There were better examples published here in Barcelona Photoblog in the past: Ms. Moolevard on the Boulevard and Emdea by Pavel Lagner

Thursday, October 30

5 Secret Hideaway Places in Barcelona, Spain

As one of the most visited cities in Spain, Barcelona is a cultural wonderland for both tourists and residents. Though Barcelona is known for its famous attractions, such as the Barcelona Aquarium and the Picasso Museum, this lively city also has its hidden gems. Discover what Barcelona's secret places are in this mini travel guide, and include them in your travel plans to Barcelona.

If you love browsing through breathtaking photos, the Kowasa Gallery is a must-see location. As part of the Kowasa bookshop, the Kowasa Gallery showcases stunning photos in various styles. With books and photographs in one place, the Kowasa Gallery is a fantastic place for readers and photography enthusiasts.

El Rei de la Magia, which translates to King of Magic, isn't your ordinary museum. In most museums, you'll find timeless art masterpieces, important historical documents or famous sculptures. But in the El Rei de la Magia museum, you'll discover magic. From classic tricks to a magic shop, El Rei de la Magia is a magical world for families to enjoy.

Are you planning a summer trip to Barcelona? Make sure to visit the open-air cinema in Barcelona: Sala Montjuic. Located between the walls of the Montjuic Castle, Sala Montjuic is a great place to enjoy a picnic with your family and friends. Also, with the Montjuic Castle right next to the open-air cinema, you can go on a guided tour of this historical monument; this location is a two-in-one attraction.

If you're looking for a way to enjoy a relaxing setting and stay active at the same time, the Parc del Laberint d'Horta -- also known as Horta's Labyrinth Park -- is a unique park to visit. The Parc del Laberint d'Horta features a small maze that you can challenge yourself to go through. This park also has smaller trails that you can walk on that weave through the park's beautiful landscape. Not only is the Parc del Laberint d'Horta a relaxing setting, but it's also a historical site.

Take a break from the busy city side of Barcelona, and go to Placa Reial. With bars and outdoor seating, Placa Reial sets up a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere. Buildings in Placa Reial boast stunning architectural design, so you get a resting place and scenic environment in one place.

Barcelona is more than its popular tourist attractions. Go off the beaten path, and explore these great hidden gems yourself on your next trip to Barcelona. If you are looking for the best place to stay, you can never go wrong checking out Expedia. You can find great deals on hotel and accommodation.

Thursday, October 23

Ethnic Barcelona

Ethnic Barcelona

Under the Catalan flag new citizens living in the old quarters unknowingly compose spontaneous scenes that were unthinkable 20 years ago. These new Catalans come from all over the world and they seem to have been always in Barcelona. Maybe it is because their essence never left, because the Moors were here, the Jews were here, the Romans, maybe with their Nubian slaves were here, the Phoenicians, the Visigoths, you name it, even pirates came here often. So the melting pot was always here. It's just that Barcelona had taken a small break. Perhaps Franco, helped a little bit. The point is that this process will not stop because big cities have always been a lure for immigrants, for nomads like the castle walls attracted people in Medieval times and burgs appeared. The time has come to call everyone a Catalan every single person living in this burg, no matter the language, the creed and the origin.

Tuesday, October 14

Trumpeter at Carrer de la Merce

Trumpeter at Carrer de la Merce in Barcelona

Street musicians or buskers can be found around Barcelona by the hundreds. There are some, especially in the subway that don't seem to be very qualified but all in all, you can find great intrumentalists roaming the streets. The old part of town or casc antic is no exception. The other day I spotted this wonderful young trumpeter playing his instrument at Carrer de la Merce, next to the church by the same name. The nearby archway favored the acoustics and I am sure it was not a coincidence that he was lying there.
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