Saturday, 29 September 2012

Fiesta time in Barcelona...

Well, it's been quite the month, with everything from a huge protest march to massive street parties and all sorts in between. Here's a snapshot of what we've done so far.

We watched the people of Catalunya march for independence from Spain in a protest on their Diada Nacional de Catalunya. This is a highly emotive subject for both sides and I won't go into it here but I will say that the sheer scale and the peaceful atmosphere was something to behold. 

We watched the fireworks for the end of La Mercè 

Got slightly spooked in El Raval by the Gegants

Took walks to the top of Montjuic at sunset.

Mooched around La Ribera checking out the street art.

Saw the amazing Madrid band Luger for free as part of La Mercè. Make sure you give them a listen if you're in to psychedelic krautrock (I'm sure you all are).

Oh yes, we also walked down Via Laietana with fire breathing dragons and demons. Par for the course in Barcelona. Nothing quite like a brisk Correfoc to get the adrenaline flowing. 

Don't worry, some lovely firemen (or Bombers as they're known here) came and soaked us all later to be safe. 

We're having our local Festa Major in Barceloneta this weekend so I'll let you know all about that. After that, I need some time to relax. Although as every weekend in October has something good happening and I also have to go to work in between, I'm not sure how or when that's going to happen. 

Hasta luego! 

Monday, 3 September 2012

A chilled weekend in Barcelona...

Hola a todos! This last weekend was pretty chilled, we have quite a lot of stuff planned in the next few weeks so decided to take this one easy. 

We had lunch at El Filferro on Saturday washed down with some claras (otherwise known as a shandy).

 Mooched along to the market run by Demanoenmano at CCCB on Sunday.

Then we finished off the weekend with an evening walk through Parc de la Creueta del Coll. This park is extremely hilly, so it's much better to do this kind of walk when the temperature is a bit lower, as it has been this weekend. I never thought I would see the day when I'd be praying for a bit of cloud but after the heat wave we've just had, it's not surprising that I was doing just that. Sorry for the dark photo, it was pretty late when I took it. 

As I mentioned before, there's a lot of stuff happening in September so I'll be back with more in the coming weeks. 

Hasta pronto!