El Raval

Articles in ‘El Raval’

A bodega in Barcelona

January 23rd, 2014

Art in an old bodega bar in Barcelona’s Raval heroically resisting the enslaughts of design, ‘vintage’ and International Tourism.

Bodega Montse, L’Arc de Sant Agusti , 7

The story of El Paral.lel

June 22nd, 2011

My lastest article in Barcelona Metropolitan. A history of El Paral.lel in Barcelona

Pedestrian Barcelona

May 19th, 2010

bad roads: La Rambla from the Placa de Catalunya

The Guardian has nominated Les Rambles as one of five streets in the world that should be pedestrianised for the greater good, though I’m sure cutting off the only thoroughfare through this part of the centre would be at all sensible.

With only two narrow lanes of traffic astride a tree-lined pedestrian walkway, Barcelona’s Las Ramblas is often cited as a success in urban planning. The reality, however, is somewhat different. Hemmed in by the layout, when the shoppers, gadabouts and meanderers are out in force, the pressure pushes them back out: straight into the roads. At such moments, no number of trees or funky shops can conceal the overwhelming impression that the boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre is nothing more than a 1.2km-long traffic island.

Panoramic view of Carrer de l’Hospital

March 23rd, 2010

Carrer de l’Hospital in the early morning by Anti-blog. More remarkable panoramics here.

The Rambles one hundred years ago

March 9th, 2010

The Barcelona Photographic Archive has just released a hundred or so photos taken between 1907 and 1908. They were taken by Frederic Ballell, one of the pioneers of Catalan photojournalism, who delighted in documenting the daily life of the city. Above a goat herder passes by Palau Moja, below a puppy seller. From La Rambla, hace un siglo

See also History of Les Rambles

Bulls’ penises and testicles

May 14th, 2009

Photos of a stall selling the delicacies of bull’s penises and testicles (criadillas in Spanish, turmes in Catalan) at La Boqueria market. I’ve had the latter on several occasions. They are not unpleasant.

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