Tag Archives: Barcelona

Eagle of Barcelona

The Beasts celebrate Catalan culture

We were looking at the artwork displayed in Placa del Pi, a neighborhood in the old section of Barcelona, when we heard the music. That distinctive Catalan music with drums and the somewhat shrill sound of grallas, a double-reed woodwind instrument. We hurried into the narrow streets to join the crowds (this was in pre-pandemic […]

The House of Umbrellas in Barcelona

House of Umbrellas in Barcelona

A rainy afternoon seems like a good time to write about the House of Umbrellas in Barcelona. The House of Umbrellas (Casa dels Paraigües) is located on Las Ramblas, the busy major thoroughfare and pedestrian walkway in the center of the city. The building is close to the popular market La Boqueria and just a […]

Olive oil tour in Catalunya, Spain

Olives and olive oil are a special part of Spanish cuisine. In visits to Barcelona, I’ve enjoyed seeing the colorful displays of olives in markets and sampling olives as tapas in cafés. Olive oil is part of many Mediterranean dishes, from pasta to pan con tomate (bread rubbed with tomato and seasoned with olive oil, […]

mounted riders in BCN Three Kings Parade

Three Kings Day celebration in Barcelona

The celebration of Three Kings Day has taken on special significance for me after celebrating the event in Barcelona. Three Kings Day (or Epiphany) is celebrated January 6 — 12 days after Christmas. The celebration recognizes when three Kings (the three wise men) reached Bethlehem to bring gifts to baby Jesus. Whereas Christmas is the […]