Places in Barcelona
Articles in ‘Places in Barcelona’
April 25th, 2012
Remarkably, four bottlenosed dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) were spotted inside Barcelona harbour (Moll de Barcelona) last month by wildlife experts, the first sighting in recent times in the port itself, though the animal is reasonably common in waters off Barcelona. Loved to have seen them! More here in Catalan
March 6th, 2012
Iconic photo by Català-Roca of gypsy girl with doll from Montjuic with the Canadenca chimneys and Poble Sec in the background. 1950.
October 14th, 2011
Street scene in Carrer d’en Mallà Barcelona, 1908. By Artur Mas
June 22nd, 2011
My lastest article in Barcelona Metropolitan. A history of El Paral.lel in Barcelona
February 8th, 2011
Remarkable photo by Frederic Ballell of El El Paral.lel in July 1913, when the avenue was the centre of Barcelona’s nightlife. Music halls, cafés, prostitution, cabaret artists, bon viveurs and a hotbed of anarchism. Many more old photos here
December 10th, 2010
Latest history article for Barcelona Metropolitan on Fransesc Boix, the only Spanish witness at the Nuremberg Trials.
July 30th, 2010
This shit building with the awful name of W Barcelona has ruined the skyline of Barceloneta offering 900 euro a night beds for the rich. A boil on the face of the neighbourhood.
A more balenced view of this monstosity at the Guardian.
The American owners claim their hotel, officially the W Barcelona, is “a modernist masterpiece of avant-garde architecture” whose facade reflects “the captivating colours of the Catalonia sky”. However, elsewhere there has been less praise. The El País columnist Agustí Fancelli denounced the “scandalous privatisation” of one of the key points in the city, comparing the hotel to “an inglorious beer belly”.
June 7th, 2010
A zeppelin over Barcelona in 1933. More Barcelona zeppelins here
June 6th, 2010
La Tranquilad, together with the still-existing Café Español, was the most famous of the cafés of Parallel. As a haven for gangsters, police spies and above all anarchists anything but tranquility reigned here.
During the infamous period of pistolerismo in the early 1920s, Barcelona was awash with guns smuggled from France after the end of the First World War. Weapons were sold openly in the Tranquilidad, which also organised raffles, with the winner taking home a Star pistol, the weapon of choice of the anarcho-syndicalist. More here
Anecdotes about La Tranquilidad abound. In the early 1930s, Durruti and his friends were habitués of La Tranquilidad. One story relates when a young beggar with a defeated air came into the bar asking for money. When he approached Durrut’s table the bar went silent. Durruti stared at the man for a minute, and then pulled his revolver and slammed in on the table, saying “There, take my gun. Go to the bank“. From El corto verano de la anarquía: Vida y muerte de Durruti. (The short summer of Anarchy – what a brilliant title)
The bar was later the scene of fierce fighting on July 18th 1936 when rebel soldiers barricaded themselves in here, before being defeated by the anarchist militia.
La Tranquilidad stood at number 69 Aviguda Parallel next to the Teatro Victoria. I believe it was demolished in the 1940s.
May 19th, 2010
Guinardó Park is one of my favourite of Bareclona’s off-the-beaten-track parks. More here from Barcelona Metropolitan
who describe it as “an overlooked rustic gem in the middle (sic) of Barcelona”