Casa Amatller Barcelona and a story about chocolate

Passeig de Gracia 41 casa amatller barcelona

The Belgians and the Swiss may get all the kudos, but Europe has Spain to thanks for chocolate.
Cocoa made its way from south America via the conquistadores, and it was the Spanish court that first popularised the Aztec drink. Barcelona, which has important trade links with the Americas, became the centre of a burgeoning chocolate industry. The Casa Amatller on Passeig de Gràcia was one of many mansions paid for by chocolate, thanks to the Amatller family business, established in 1797.
Guided tours of the mansion offer a fascinating glimpse into the Modernista movement, the Amatller family, and the world of Catalan bourgeoisie at the end of the 19th century. Wealthi industrialist Antoni Amatller, grandson of the chocolate-making firm’s founders, bought a mansion on newly fasionable Passeig de Gracia and commissioned hot young architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch to remodel it into a showpiece home. The result is a heady fusion of neo-medieval styles and popular techniques such as tiling, ironwork and woodwork celebrated by the Modernista movement.

Tour begin in the opulent, neoGothic vestibule of the ground floor, and pick out delightful details and provide amusing anecdotes, including the story of Amatller’s motor car: early motor cars did not have a reverse gear and so a special turntable was built inside the hall to turn the car around. The visit continues in Amatller’s top floor photography studio with a 30-minutes slide show, fleshing out the family history and its local context, and includes a selection of beautiful photographs depicting the mansion just after its completion in 1900.

A cup of thich hot chocolate awaits at the end of the tour, served in the former kitchen.

Once in a full moon in Barcelona

The Raval’s monthly street parties

In the heart of what was previously a neglected side of the city, C/ Lluna has enjoyed a steady rejuvenation in recent years with the arrival of more and more artistic talent. Taking a cue from its name, ?Moon Street? has begun to stage lively street parties on full moon nights.
Lluna Vivent ( Living Moon) as the event has been christened, showcases an eclectic group of artisan-oriented shops, workshops, associations, bars and restaurants located on the around the pedestrian street.
The moon-fests include numerous happenings staged by participating organisations, such as Taller Paloma ( C/ Paloma 8) which held a volunteer fashion show of its cool, unique designs at one recent event.
Over at the NGO Agermanament (C/LLuna 22), meanwhile, moonwalkers can quell their hunger with dishes from Cameroon, while the nearby Almazen ( C/Guifre 9) normally stages a freestyle, open-mic night for anyone hit by the sudden need to let out an amplified howl. Original audiovisuals are projected onto the street at Antidoto 28 ( C/Ferlandina 28), and those looking to slake their thirst can head to El balcón de Aquiles ( C/Lleo 9) , a bar that has revived the traditional serving of free tapas with drinks.

Oro Liquido Olive Oil Products

Carrer de la Palla 8
Metro Liceu – Jaume I , 5 minutes walk from the hotel Duquesa de Cardona

Products with olive oil in BarcelonaOlive oil is a boutique dedicated to any kind of product derivated from our spanish “golden liquid” : the Olive Oil. Soaps, aromatic oils, sauces, candles, etc
All of the denominations of Spanish origin are available , as well as other National and Mediterranean labels


castells castellers human castles

A cultural phenomenon of human towers

It started at the 18th century in Tarragona, when rival groups of people calles “colles” , began to complete in constructing different kinds of human towers .
3 are the parts of a human castle: the trunk, the pom and the crown. The last person on the top is always a child, named “Anxaneta”
Either for a tourist or for a local, this is a unique experience to be seen and felt. The music tunes “toc de castell” sounds when the castle starts to raise up, and then everybody is expecting the human castle not to fall. Emotion is on everybody’s eyes.
Traditionally, castle performances have always taken place as one of the main features of the local holiday festivities. Nowadays castles can be seen on many days during the year, although the season kicks from June to November.