Sant Jordi’s day – Roses, Books and Love

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Legend has it that a brave Sant Jordi killed the dragon and saved the city from its wrath. The dragon shed its blood and magically grew a rosebush. From this shrub, Sant Jordi ripped the most beautiful flower for the princess and thus be able to win over.

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Sant Jordi’s Day – red roses

Sant Jordi can be seen in many of the corners of the city with and without the dragon, but you have to be very attentive when you visit Barcelona. He is represented in stone or steel in many monuments in Barcelona and the terrible dragon coiled around lamps and iron fences. While the legend with the dragon does not seem to be very romantic, it has become the symbol of the day of lovers in Catalonia: Sant Jordi day, celebrated each year on April 23rd, just when the city is wrapped in full spring, The day of Sant Jordi is the Catalan version of the day of lovers. On April 23rd, in all corners of the city, the sellers of roses begin to offer a red rose with long stem accompanied by a spike of wheat and a golden bow, which represents the colors of the Catalan flag.

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Sant Jordi’s Day – Choosing the right rose

Men buy roses for women, but not bouquets if not just a single red rose, while women give books to the men they buy along Las ramblas, or Passeig de Gracia, or in many bookshops. On April 23 many writers have stands and sign next to the Paseo de Gracia, meaning many books that are given go with dedications.

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Did you know that the legend of Sant Jordi has been inspired by the architecture of the Casa Batlló, Gaudí’s masterpiece?

1. If you look at the Batlló house for the front, you will see that it has a cross with four points, that represents the sword with which he killed the dragon.

2. The roof has the shape of the dragon’s scales.

3. A small balcony that is in the highest part and in the middle is the balcony of the Princess.

4. In the interior of the Batlló house, there is a room shape arches that represents the rib cage of the dragon.

5. The balconies with mask forms, are the skulls of the victims of the dragon.

6. The columns of the outer window look like the bones of the victims of the dragon

7. In the lobby there is a ladder which resembles the dragon-tail form.

 

HAPPY SANT JORDI’S DAY!!!!.

Gaudi House Barcelona La Pedrera

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Welcome to Antonio Gaudí a fantastic Casa Milà more communly know as La Pedrera. This wonderfully strange building was constructed between 1906 and 1910 a key time in the history of Barcelona as the city opened up to modernization it was also a period of Art Nouveau was at its peak it is a style of art and architecture which embraces vivid decorative shapes and prefers curves over straight lines. The movement spread all over the world even to the strict Catholic and other old-time region. One of the movements from figures became the Barcelona base architect Antonio Gaudi, this building is rated as not only the Antonio Gaudi’s most intriguing and spectacular building as a crown jewel the whole Art Nouveau movements, the building was commissioned as a residence by Pedro Milà a wealthy businessman who have been enchanted by one of those these previous buildings, the Casa Batllò.

Step further this design was so unorthodox that even the local government objected to some aspects of the project, as it did not follow the normal building codes. The building was originally named Casa Milà based on the founder of the house but it is more known as “La Pedrera” literary meaning, the nickname was given to the house already during the construction phase when the crown sold the beginning or the strange stone structure all these buildings and completely broke away from the norm of the Eixample district of Barcelona.

He used a new and audacious building structure supported by Columns of stone and brick and incorporated steel web instead of relying on load-bearing wall, this gave Gaudi total freedom over the distribution of each floor leaving free to create completely irregular floor pans where even the height of the pillars and ceilings could vary.

Even though Gaudi’s building technique was unique this building in particular is most known for extraordinary shapes if you look at the enchanting facade you will see an impressive varied and harmonious mass of undulating stone without any real straight lines. Gaudi is said to you have envisioned the facade as a petrified wave. Many people think it is the hardest and solidity of the materials in contrast with the sensation of movement in these waves that makes the facade so spectacular.

Gaudi’s ocean theme si father evident when you look at the balconies. The balconies are beautifully decorated exquisitely crafted iron depicting underwater plants and vegetation. If you take a closer look at them you can almost see you how the vegetation is moving along with a water if you look at the sun next to the building you’ll also see that it’s true and starfish ceramic tiles.

The Magnificent the song together with the interior mermaid decorations make up fantastic underwater landscape. While the facade and the interior of the building one shouldn’t forget what can be found at the rooftop. On the roof you can find chimneys and ventilation just as on any other roof. These are however designed by Gaudi in true Gaudi fashion with extraordinary shapes are vivid imagination.The unique components are made of broken tile shard mosaic marble ceramics. There’s also a level difference and several staircases on the roof which makes it look like a landscape than a rooftop.

The staircase and chimneys have long fascinated visitors the rooftop and its figures have been interpreted in many different ways, some have seen them as phantasmagoria figures on warriors one of us have seen it as a dream landscape. The roof terrace also offers a nice view over the area so I highly recomended it.

The building is part of UNESCO world heritage list and it is the last exemple of Gaudi’s civil architecture, and it’s considered one of the most imaginative houses in the history of architecture.

Check out video of the rooftop of “La Pedrera”

Interview with a worker of Barcelona Hotel Lloret Ramblas

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What is your name: My name is Kaysi.

Where are you from: I’m from Santo Domingo (República Dominicana).

When did you arrive to Barcelona: I arrived in 2000.

Tell me about yourself: Before coming to Barcelona i started to studied nursing, although many of my colleagues do not know it, but then I moved to Barcelona for work. I am an outgoing person and i like to talk with the people.

What do you do in the hotel: I am chambermaid and also serve the breakfast in the mornings.

How long have you been working in the hotel: 14 years.

What is the best to work in the hotel: There camaraderie among employees, and I also like the way we work in the hotel.

Tell me a story in the hotel: A customer left in bed an inflatable doll covered with sheets, and when I entered to the room I thought it was the client who was sleeping, but quickly realized I had already left and I started to laugh.

What do you like of Barcelona: I really like the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, the Ramblas, Paseo Colon and Maremagnum.

 

 

 

Top 5 beaches to escape the bustle of Barcelona, near the city

Barcelona has central beaches and for that reason overflowing with tourists, so in this guide we suggest escape the bustle of the big city in a short time and enjoy the beaches of nearby towns.

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On railways and less than 15 min to the south of Barcelona, we find the beach of Garraf, which is located in privileged place and away from the bustling big city, it has a length approximately 3km of medium grain sand, calm waters and quaint fishermen’s cottages on the beach. There are restaurants on the beach where you can enjoy the views while you eat or enjoy a snack.

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Playa del Litoral (San Adria de Besos) is facing a disused power station stunning, you’ll recognize it from a distance because there are three tall chimneys and industrial landscape. The long beach is 1.3km and the waters are very quiet. To get from the hotel railroads R1 Plaza Catalunya stop San Adria de Besos from there 5 min walk.

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Another beaches near to Barcelona are in Maresme coast, and they are accessible through the R1 railways. The railroad tracks are parallel to the coast and the stations are a stone’s throw from the beach. The semi-urban beach Masnou is one of the first in the region and one of the widest, also known as the corner of surfers, although that name the waters are calm, there are plenty of activities and beach bars where to eat.

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Within walking distance of Barcelona in the Maresme region is located Premia de Mar, small golden beaches and clear waters invite you to swim in the Mediterranean. Because this beach is not very wide no bars or restaurants, but easily accessible through an underpass to the village center.

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Castelldefelds is just 20km to the south of Barcelona, with its long beach of 5 km of sand and shallow water. Beach bars are an attraction for sun lovers during the weekend with sea food and sangria in abundance.

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Barcelona: 7 differents ways to see Catalan capital

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Barcelona will surprise you from the first minute, a vibrant, modern city with history, that will invade you walking through the streets, Barcelona has something for everyone.

Awesome architecture, museums that will not leave you indifferent, avant-garde cuisine, flea markets, beaches, nightlife and much, much sun always present.

Come and begin to walk together.

barcelona-cathedral-hotel-ramblasCome to Barcelona Cathedral and take a look from above.

Yes, you can climb to the Barcelona Cathedral and walk for the roof, if you are not afraid of heights, from there 360º have amazing views of the Gothic Quarter and of course stunning post !!.

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barcelona-gothic-street-hotel-ramblasWalking Tour

We recommend a tour of his alleyways, going into in the Gothic Quarter, where you will be surprised. Hidden squares just around the corner, indoor gardens, Roman columns, smells and colors that are mixed with the bustle of the neighborhood squares. In its alleys you can explore the history of the city.

barcelona-design-hotel-ramblasBarcelona European design Capital

Barcelona has been regarded as the European capital of design, so we suggest you visit the impressive Barcelona Design Museum recently opened. There you will see exhibitions of graphic design, industrial design and clothing. There is also a fantastic collection of decorative art of the III until XX century

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barcelona-square-hotel-ramblasBarcelona cinema route

You’ve probably heard of Woody Allen and know that one of his film Vicky Christian Barcelona has been filmed here. For just 8 min walk from our downtown hotel in Barcelona you can explore one of the places where it was filmed part of the movie and more precisely in the Plaza Sant Felip Neri.

barcelona-magic-fountain-hotel-ramblasBarcelona Magic Fountain

Only 5 minutes by subway from Hotel Lloret Ramblas can reach Plaza Spain where the Barcelona magic fountain that was built for the International Exhibition of 1929. Throughout the year you can see for free, light & sound show with impressive water jets is that reach 15m.

More info: magic fountain barcelona

barcelona-tapas-hotel-ramblasMediterranean cuisine

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, so you can find any kind of food, but it is best to sit on a typical bar with locals and eat some “tapas” which is a kind of snack that is usually served with a drink. Most popular tapas are: patatas bravas, shrimp scampi, potato omelette, ham, etc. It ensures that not spend much and you’ll get a good taste.

barcelona-skylinel-hotel-ramblasBird Views Barcelona

If you want to see birds views, we suggest the cable rail port, it is the oldest and you can catch him in the neighborhood of Barceloneta (city center) and you can reach the mountain of Montjuic which is about 56mts above sea level. Once there you can visit Montjuic Castle and a breathtaking panoramic view of Barcelona.

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