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Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra at the L’Auditori – classical music at its best

Yesterday I went to see a concert of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (l’OBC) at the Auditori concert hall. These are the moments where my Austrian roots are calling me … and where I get to feel a little homesick, but just a little! The first part of the concert was Stravinsky’s … Continue reading

Day trip to Sitges – beach, sun, museums and great food

Sitges – a former fishing village turned into a popular first class summer destination. It attracts not only film crews for Bollywood movies, but also hosts a famous Film Festival and other events taking place throughout the years. Its proximity to Barcelona makes it certainly a popular destination for a day trip to the beach. … Continue reading

Lovers Day in Barcelona – Sant Jordi – Roses and Books on 23rd of April

The 23rd of April is the celebration of Catalunya’s Patron Saint, Sant Jordi. According to legend, he killed a dragon and the blood of the dragon turned into a rose – which he handed to the princess. That would be a short explanation to why men give a rose to their loved partners on this … Continue reading

Sant Pau – Modernist Hospital Barcelona

In the year 1998 I was living in an apartment right next to the Hospital de Sant Pau. From my balcony, I could make out the beautiful building of the main entrance. Back then I would walk through the interior area, and once by coincidence, my friend fainted right in front of the hospital and … Continue reading

Magic Fountain Barcelona – music, water acrobatics and lights

When I arrived to Barcelona for the first time in 1994, everything was magical. On top I happened to come just in time for the city’s one-week celebration of their patron saint – the Merce. Concerts and activities everywhere you go in the city … and one particularly impressive Piromusical at the Magic Fountain. A … Continue reading

Barcelona Boqueria Market

So you walk down Las Ramblas and you can’t but stop and take a look inside the Boqueria Market. I believe it is the most famous (and definitely most expensive) market in Barcelona simply for its location right at the middle of Las Ramblas. As many other places in Barcelona, this market has changed a … Continue reading

Lleó i Morera House – another Modernist Jewel

Only open to the public recently, this is still a hidden gem in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Paseo de Gracia. Sometimes when I walk by, I look at all those hundreds of tourists who only have eyes for one particular building: The Casa Batlló. However, they do not look to … Continue reading

My favorite park – the Parque de la Ciutadela

During a long time, this park was the only green area in Barcelona. It is the first park of the city and my favorite one. It is really big and contains all kind of interesting places: the zoo, the Parliament of Catalonia, a lake where you can rent little boats, a fountain designed by Josep … Continue reading

Santa Maria del Mar – Gothic Catalan

When people visit Barcelona for the first time, they will be mostly directed first to the Gothic Quarter, the Gaudi monuments and the Cathedral (Santa Eulalia) of Barcelona. My favorite Cathedral though is Santa Maria del Mar. Why? Go inside and see what I mean: this cathedral impresses with its structures, not with overloaden decor. Elegant … Continue reading

Columbus Monument – amazing views of the city

The Columbus Monument – can’t be overseen really, at the end (or beginning) of the famous Las Ramblas. The monument dedicated to the probably most famous seafarer in history is not just a good picture opportunity – a lot of people don’t know that you can also go up to the top of it! When … Continue reading

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