Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Festa Major Barceloneta...

Last weekend we had the annual Festa Major Barceloneta. The streets were decorated with flags and the marching bands were out in force. Music and people filled the narrow streets and much fun was had by all. His Nibs filmed the closing fireworks to give you all a taste of our local celebrations. You can check out his video on Vimeo here....

Check out his video of a band playing outside our building earlier in the month... 

Hasta luego!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Summer so far in Barcelona….

May is one of my favourite months in Barcelona. The sun starts to shine and everyone comes out on the streets to socialise and gossip. We also start to see a lot more events being organised and of course, the chiringuitos (beach bars) open up for summer.

We kicked off the month with a visit to the Feria de abril de Cataluña . The event is Barcelona’s version of the Feria de abril de Sevilla and takes place over the last week of April and first week of May every year. It’s a great opportunity to see flamenco dancers and singers as well as eating some amazing food. There’s a funfair as well so lots of good entertainment all round. 

I also took a trip to Sitges with my friend Bryan for a lunch by the sea at La Concha. The lunch was good and the fixed price menu was great value. Possibly the best thing about it was the view of Sant Sebastià beach. Sitges is one of my favourite towns and I love the beaches here, as well as the friendly people and the beautiful church and old buildings. I recommend a day trip (or longer) to anyone who comes to Barcelona, it’s well worth it. We had a stroll through the town after lunch, did a spot of birdwatching of the numerous Swifts flying around the church and ended up having a swift drink at a chiringuito.

Another great thing about this city is the amount of free events that they have here. His Nibs and I popped along to a free one day music festival called La Plaça Odissea that was held at Maremagnum, a big shopping centre in the port.  We went to see the Icelandic band FM Belfast who are worth catching live if you get the chance. Their shows are always energetic and fun, check out the video below for a taste of what to expect from them. The hot weather caused them some grief, with the whole band taking their trousers off to cool down halfway through their set.

There’s more to come from May (I told you things start kicking off this month!) but I’ll tell you about it in my next post. Hasta luego!