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Barcelona, Spain is my home, I breathe it´s art and it´s culture. I am a musician. This city makes me feel good about life and others. My music is a reflection of my life in this city and sharing with you things to do to make you feel the same as I do is the objective of this blog.

Melbourne Live Music. Guitar Concerts. Electric. Acoustic Classical

Thomas Lorenzo , Composer and  Producer releases New CD: Memories de Barcelona.

Thomas Lorenzo, composer and guitarist releases on ITunes his latest track:  Bailas,  featuring the Wominjika Vocal Quartet. Label: DreamLand Music. 2014.

Thomas has teamed up with the Wominjika Vocal Quartet in Melbourne to bring to life his passion for vocal harmonies and the Spanish Guitar.  His choice of guitar in this recording is a handcrafted Flamenco Guitar Hermanos CONDE 2008.

Bailas represents one of his latest compositions where vocals are featured as solo and background instruments. All instruments in his arrangements , guitar , bass, piano, and vocals explore equal predominance throughout the composition. They continuously exchange roles as solo and background instruments. His style of composition is of a minimalistic nature creating a constant trance in a extreme spacial context.

Bailas is one of the 10 tracks to be released in 2015 in his new Album: Memories de Barcelona. Thomas has lived in Barcelona for over 34 years as a predominant musician educator composer an producer of contemporary Catalan Culture . At present he is based in Melbourne as Director of Dream Land Music which produces live and recorded unique musical products that reflect the urban cultural Australian diversity satisfying the demands for niche cultural entertainment. Please visit his website for more information on his Melbourne guitar releases

Please visit this other website and discover his unique educational method allowing students to explore their potential as performers and composers on the guitars. The Creative Guitar school delivers structured music courses: 10 week courses, in 10 consecutive hours for beginners intermediate and advanced students  to achieve different levels of proficiency. All these levels have the common outcome: to shine through uniqueness and creativity

Thomas Lorenzo , Composer Guitarist CD sales, Downloads
Book Sales. Arranging and Orquestration. EL Arreglo un Puzzle de Expression Musical 

Melbourne Acoustic Duo. Live Bands. Covers and More. Weddings and Event Entertainment

 

 

songful Melbourne Acoustic Duo

Songful. Melbourne Cover Band. Acoustic Duo

Songful. Melbourne Acoustic Duo

Creative Crunchy Revival. Soul Jazz Pop Blues and More

Thomas shares his insights on Songful.: “Through Songful I further explore the intrinsic nature if the Spanish and Electric  guitar  in a refreshing live crunchy duo setting.  Chrstina del Mundo  (vocals and acoustic guitar)  joins me  with her extraordinary creative talent.  Songful, as an acoustic duo, explores songs that have created a permanent imprint in our lives.  We revive them, we reinterpret them to perfection so our audiences  can just plainly feel good.”

Christina, shares her insights on our Acoustic Duo. What do you enjoy most of performing with Songful ?

“It’s simply beautiful music written with honest sentiment. We compliment each others performance creating a groovy intimate feel. Songful also allows me to explore my composing skills in a more contemporary music scene. We co-write songs for ourselves and for other major artists. I would like to invite you all to listen to our original tracks both on I Tunes and our covers on the you tube links that are on this page “

Call us for a free quote on 0448348701. I would love to hear from you. Please supply us with information on time, date, length of performance required, venue ( private, public, indoor , outdoor), number of guests ( to determine sound amplification requirements), and distance to Melbourne CBD

 

 

 

Dreamland Music. Creative Cover Bands, Creative Guitar School in Melbourne

Dreamland Music, Creative Cover Bands,  Creative Guitar School is located in Melbourne, Australia.

As part of the services we offer we take special care in helping others develop their natural talent . We do such through music production and helping artists achieve profitable publishing deals. We also support creative education applied to the guitar where the objective is to achieve self expression through personal creativity.

Students learn to play the guitar at our Creative Guitar School  located in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs.

All guitar courses target these guidelines from 4 modules of learning.

Modules 1 to 4
Objective: The guitar student upon completion of any module will be able play the guitar in contemporary styles of music creating artistic expression as a soloist, accompanist and composer. The more modules a student finishes the more tools they will have to explore their full creative talent. Students throughout the 4 modules will develop skills in:

Performance:  Skills needed to play,  develop melodies, accompany them and  to improvise.

Ear training:  Skills to helps us compose, memorise a composition , improvise with creativity , transcribe our favourite songs or write our own  compositions.

Harmony: Music theory to help us understand what we play and take our compositions further beyond our present boundaries.

Please follow this link for more information  on our services:

Dreamland Music. Creative Cover Bands,  Creative Guitar School in Melbourne

Melbourne Acoustic Cover Band, Creative expression

Acoustic Wedding Music. Cover bands and more.

Dreamland Music, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, celebrates it´s mission  to develop music that portrays Australian Urban Culture.

Leah Zilberman is our new Melbourne talent showcase of this month of June . She has teamed up with Tomas Lorenzo on acoustic, electric and spanish guitar to produce an album of pop and funk classics with an intimate creative touch.

 

 

The resulting experience is a must to accompany your special occasion as your Wedding ceremony, reception or function.

Please follow this link to listen to the current released tracks.

Melbourne Acoustic Wedding music and Cover Band,

 Past Credits
 Leah Zilberman appears as actress and singer on:

  • Kismet – The Production Company : Ensemble – Actress/Singer – Sop/Dancer, Melbourne, Australia
  • NAB TVC : Actress, Melbourne, Australia
  • University Hill TVC : Actress – Flirty Woman, Melbourne, Australia
  • Million Dollar Dream : Lead Singer, Melbourne, Australia

 Prices
Leah Zilbeman: Acoustic Duo, Guitar and Vocals
A 3 hour call for: Weddings, parties and functions

Starting from 875 dollars.

Please feel free to give us a call on (61) 0448348701 and let us know about your special event: Wedding ceremony, reception,  party. We would love to give you a detailed quote and propose the most adequate repertoire for you.

Please also refer to our other services as.

Flamenco Acoustic Guitar

RetroHoney. AcousticPop Cover band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Guitar lessons, Eastern Suburbs, Spanish , Acoustic

At the Creative Guitar School located in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs it is my objective to make sure all our guitar students can be exposed from the first lesson to making real music happen.

Guitar students are not only required to play other people´s music but they must create their own and also understand how this is done.

The following link will take your through criteria that is required to accomplish our first level or guitar learning at our Melbourne Guitar School.

Please enjoy the link;

Melbourne Guitar lessons, Music School

Melbourne Live Bands Festival Selection Criteria.

 

Dreamland Music Events and Entertainment produces music reflection of Contemporary Australian Urban Culture.My company was recently asked to organise and produce the music for a  major music festival in Melbourne.

 

Objective planned management skills can ensure with ease the success of all festivals but what really makes a music festival successful. 

 

I do hope you agree that the music is what really makes it successful. 

Music festivals need good live bands  and festival organizers wish to select good  live bands

 

The following shows insights on how this objective was met in melbourne.

Melbourne Music Festival, Live Bands,  

 

Melbourne Corporate Entertainment, Wedding, Cover Bands

Dreamland Music delivers unique acoustic duos interpreting songs we all know and love with a creative twist.  Styles cater for Jazz, Funk, Blues, Flamenco,  Pop. Songs form the 60s 70s 80s and 90s.

Our mission is to to develop inner creativity, a personal voice thriving for excellence.

Please follow the links below. Preview our cover bands in Melbourne for Weddings and special events and  Corporate Entertainment.

 RetroHoney , Sweet emotions, Melbourne Acoustic Duo.  Retrohoney rediscovers what made us fall in love with music and life: James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Constant Craving  and many more. 

melbourne weddiing entertainment, vocalists

Melbourne Flamenco Latin Guitar

SongFul. Creative Crunchy Revival . Melbourne cover band , duo format. Explosive, heartbreaking crunchy and vibrant. ” John Fitzgerald.  Modern Trends Magazine

Melbourne Acoustic Duo

Call us for a free quote on 0448348701. We would love to hear from you.  Please supply us with information on time, date, length of performance required, venue ( private, public, indoor , outdoor), number of guests ( to determine sound amplification  requirements), and distance to Melbourne CBD

Melbourne Guitar Lessons. Studio Visit. The Professional World of Recording

At the Creative Guitar School here in Melbourne located in the Eastern Suburbs, we believe students should have insights into the professional world from early stages in their  guitar learning.

We encourage and thrive for strong relationships with the professional community to expose career opportunities that can develop and focus creative potential .

Over 20 students explored the world of music production and all it´s processes from tracking , overdubbing mixing and mastering. They acquired knowledge in microphone techniques, signal processing and digital media .

We all visited the Black Pear Studios in Moorabin: A state of the art complex featuring a 72 channel SSL 4000 E series console  The studio has a collection of over 350 microphones, 350 vintage and boutique pedals, more than 130 top quality guitars and an endless supply of outboard signal processing gear.

It was a successful rewarding Friday afternoon for all attendees. Stay tuned for more.


Melbourne Guitar, Live band

Melbourne Acoustic Guitar. Concert, Frankston Performance Center

Tomás Lorenzo, Acoustic Flamenco Guitarist in Concert:  “Memories de Barcelona” April 5th , 8 pm. Frankston Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia.

 “Memories de Barcelona ”
A series of compositions based upon Minimalistic contemplations in Flamenco, Jazz and Pop.  8 compositions that reflect upon values that bond our community.

The Suite

  1. Sunset on the Garraf, (Post del sol al Garraf)

  2. Treason and Courage, ( Traició i coratge)
  3. Children at Pla , (El riure de nadons)
  4. Mediterranean Ripples and Kipples
  5. Sweetness with Rage, (Duclura amb rabia)
  6. Buleria a les Rambles

  7. My Soul (La meva anima del dimoni)

  8. Nostalgia
  9. Dance with me( Bailas)

Thomas will be performing on spanish classical guitar a series of compositions that portray his experience as an Australian Immigrant in Spain.

Thomas believes  all human beings are similar when it comes to feeling good or bad about life. This suite encompasses those human emotions common to all humanity.

Performers

Tomas Lorenzo: Composer, Guitars: Alphonso Johnson , Bruce Sugar ( Ringo Star ), Dave Garfield( Benson)
Steve Falk, Percussion ( Melbourne Symphony)
Jordan Murray, Trombone ( Lecturer in Jazz Studies at Monash University)
Wominjika Vocal Quartet
Oscar Neyland: Upright Bass

Venue: Frankston Arts Centre
27-37 Davey Street (PO Box 490)
Frankston Victoria 3199 Australia
E: thefac@frankston.vic.gov.au
W: thefac.com.au

Date: April 5th at 8 pm.
Ticket:  $30

CONTACT DETAILS: Tomas Lorenzo, 0448348701,  info@dreamlandmusic.com.au

 

Melbourne Concerts, Guitar , Spanish Culture 

 

Passadis del Pep Restaurant

Staying in Hostal Residencia Australia, we went to Passadis del Pep restaurant, espensive but good fine food.

Tucked away at the end of the passage, beside a cash machine, you can find EL PASSADÍS DEL PEP, exactly where it has been for more than 30 years, at number 2, Pla de Palau.

Our restaurant, decorated with a combination of stonework reminiscent of the old inns, adorned with paintings by respected artists, offers a relaxed atmosphere created to a large extent by the personalised, friendly treatment given to our customers, most of whom regularly dine with us.

Don’t miss the opportunity to try a different kind of cuisine, whose simplicity and good taste are based on fresh, top-quality products; no menu, no rush.

Passadis del Pep

Pla del Palau, 2, 08003 Barcelona, Tel. +0034 933101021

 

Nice japanese cuisine in Barcelona

Today enjoying arround Hostal Residencia Australia nice and japanese cuisine with train of abundant sishes with fix price! TOYO Japanesse restaurant “Sushi train”,Since 2002 Toyo offers you a wide selection of delicious and authentic Japanese food, prepared on the spot.

Among the youth it´s the most sought Sushi Train Restaurant in Barcelona.

It´s the absolute place to be if you´re in with the in crowd and always packed five minutes after opening.

It has a quality buffet with super fresh food prepared daily, Toyo is the place to go.
Not only Toyo have a huge amount of different type of dishes, but you can also eat as much as your heart desires.

Toyo Restaurant Japones
c/ Torrent de l´Olla, 10
08012 Barcelona

Melbourne Guitar Concerts, Lessons, Ensembles, Spanish Culture

Thomas Lorenzo  music teacher and composer will premier his suite Memories de Barcelona on October 6th at the Toorak Uniting Church. He will be accompanied by Jeremy Alsop on Bass, Steve Falk on Percussion, Jordan Murray on Trombone and the Wominjika Vocal Quartet.

Thomas will be performing on guitar a series of compositions that portray his experience as an Australian Immigrant in Spain.

Thomas believes  all human beings are similar when it comes to feeling good or bad about life. This suite encompasses those human emotions common to all humanity. Please follow the link for further details  on location, time, tickets. We are looking forward to sharing the event with you all.

 

Melbourne Concerts, Guitar , Spanish Culture 

 

Melbourne Guitar, concert, workshops, Eastern Suburbs

On October 15th  and 22nd from 5 till 7pm The Creative Guitar School located in Melbourne´s Eastern Suburbs and the TOORAK UNITING CHURCH will host a series of workshops targeting well being through music.


Contemporary lifestyle can limit personal interaction within the community there fore rendering a lack of expression and personal satisfaction.

I believe we all have a creative potential that can be expressed through music. When we express we feel better. When we interact with others as a team we feel better, when we accomplish a common goal with others we feel better.

These workshops target the stated outcomes. Participants will engage in a structured improvisation based on diatonic motif development striving to express through vocals, guitars percussion and other instruments they can produce at the workshop.

Please read more

Melbourne Creative Guitar Lessons

Barcelona famous and excellent seafood restaurant, near to barcelona port

Staying in Hostal Residencia Australia we went to famous and excellent seafood restaurant, near to barcelona port( Barceloneta)

Originally called “Cafè de les 7 Portes“, this establishment opened in 1836. Today is the most classic of Barcelona’s eating-places.

This is certainly the city’s most famous paella, which is always perfect. Try also seafood and rice dishes prepared in traditional way like Fideuà with prawns, Barcelona rice with ham and cheese, assorted grilled inshore fish or the Zarzuela with lobster…

Very large place but regularly full.

http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_directory/restaurants/fish_and_seafood/7_portes

Restaurant 7 Portes

Address : Passeig d’ Isabel II, 14
Zip code : 08003
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : Ciutat Vella
Email : reserves@7portes.com
Website : 7 portes – Barcelona 
Opening hours : from 1pm to 1am
Prices : 35 €
Phone : 93.319.30.33
Metro/Bus : Barceloneta (L4)

 

Barcelona Ginger Bar

GINGER BAR
from Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia, we went to Ginger Bar, nice and special place, very good service and food!
With its hanging disco ball, plush leather seats and wooden tables, many Ginger fans have coined this trendy wine and cocktail bar as an ‘airport lounge’. It is however, rather known for it’s innovative cocktails, wide selection of amazing wine and high quality tapas. This is a Barcelona gem, ideal for weekend adventures, intimate drinks and lively evenings on the town. Ginger is nestled behind Plaza Sant Jaume, in Plaza San Jus a little hard to find if you don’t know where to look, but once you stumble upon it you’ll be sure to mark the spot; if you’re up for dinner after a few drinks, check out Pla restaurant which is right around the corner.
C/Palma de Sant Just, 1, 
C/Lledó, 2, Barcelona
Phone: 933 10 53 09

Quimet i Quimet, nice barcelona tapas bar !

From Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia I went to looking for good beer and have good food, I found Quimet i Quimet, nice tapas bar !
Quimet i Quimet
Lined from floor to ceiling with wines and spirits from across the globe, this lively bodega is justly famed for its unique and exquisite montaditosmodelled from wicked combinations of salmon with truffled honey, tuna dotted with caviar and balsamic syrup, and plates of pungent cheeses served with transparent fruit jelly, glazed chestnuts and pickles arranged like artworks. And, there’s mojama (salt-cured, air-dried tuna), canned seafood and croquetas. Can’t make up your mind? Ask the maestro behind the bar to assemble you a plate. Intense flavours create an unforgettable experience. Don’t expect fried fish, or fried anything. Blonde, brown and black beers on tap. They serve their own-label Belgian beer, excellent wines and cavas. Standing room only.

• Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25, Barcelona

 Tel+34 93 442 3142

Open Mon-Fri noon-4pm, 7pm-10.30pm, Sat noon-4pm, closed August

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jun/08/top-10-tapas-bars-barcelona

 

The Flamenco Sound

Generally since I have lived in Spain for over 32 years  I am considered  a flamenco guitarist. I must say that I love the flamenco melodic and harmonic colors but this is only one style of music that I thrive on.

I have learnt flamenco coming from a western background so I have had to relate to previous knowledge for it´s understanding.

Let´s make it real simple , you get the blues sound by playing the blue notes. Flamenco is very similar You get the flamenco sound by playing the flamenco notes. In Blues if you do not play the blues sound often then it sounds strange. In Flamenco if you do not play the flamenco sound, the notes that sound flamenco then it also sounds strange. Check out the following post . Advanced Flamenco, Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Guitar lessons

My Creative Guitar School  Courses develop on skills to achieve positive outcomes in all learning objectives.

Volando Voy, Volando Vengo

Melbourne is finally coming closer to home, Barcelona. La Rumba Catalana has arrived and is taking it by storm to help keep the cold away.

Please take a a peak the new track from

 

Jarrod is Australian bone but of Spanish descendants former lead vocalist of the famed Melbourne Group La Rumba.

Thomas and Jarrod join forces to further enrich the cultural diversity of Melbourne.  The Spanish Guitar can be such a melodic but also a powerful groove driving element in acoustic bands. Please enjoy the premier.

 

Los Toreros Barcelona Tapas bar

From Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia I went to Los Toreros bar nice and spanish typical place.
Bullfighting is just about over in Catalonia. The current season will be the very last. Then, finally, this quirky throwback will become more of a museum than it already is, with its very traditional offerings served in faded 1960s splendour. Hidden along a side street, this cheap and cheerful spot is replete with old photos, posters, bulls’ heads and Cordobes hats on the peeling walls of connected dining rooms. Tapas, including rabo de toro (bull’s tail, but usually actually oxtail, stew) and full meals served with carafes of house red and sangría. Just off the Ramblas. Very family friendly. Open Sunday evenings. Don’t forget your sombrero. ¡Olé!
• Carrer d’en Xuclà 3-5, Raval/Ramblas, Barcelona
Open Mon-Wed, Sun 6pm-midnight, Thurs-Sat 6pm-1am

Barcelona TOSSA Restaurant

While Staying in Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia, we went to have a nice lunch in Tossa Restaurant, very good food and service !
Given that it’s such a short stroll from the Sagrada Família church, and the quality of the food, I’m always surprised there aren’t more tourists here. Reasonably priced and with very friendly service, it has a terrace usually filled with families, but there’s plenty of room inside. You’ll find a chilled family atmosphere. Try their delicious homemade croquetas, probably the best in the city: mushroom, foie gras, chicken, cheese and vegetable. Extensive range of very fresh tapas, including stuffed eggs, jacket potatoes filled with tuna and topped with cheese, baby clams,navajas (razor clams), salpicón de marisco (seafood salad), chocos (strips of squid in oil and parsley), sausages and cold meats.
• Carrer de Nàpols 291, Barcelona tel +34 93 457 6510www.tossabcn.com. Open Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 7am-5pm

Barcelona Restaurant Paco Meralgo

Restaurant Paco Meralgo

Near Hostal Residencia Australia i found a nice and good seafood restaurant, The contemporary establishment located in the Eixample District doles out some of the freshest tapas in Barcelona. Locals flock to the restaurant’s wooden tables for both lunch and dinner to try the seafood-focused cuisine: a seat at the counter will give you a close-up view of the day’s catches. The bombas (meat and potato balls with peppers) and tuna carpaccio are must-tries.


Calle Muntaner 171, 934 309 027

www.restaurantpacomeralgo.com/

Have a nice barcelona walk, tapa’s bar and flamenco dance !

Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommends you to take a nice Barcelona Walk, nice tapa’s bar, and flamenco dance !
Get a “taste of Spain” while you delight yourself with some excellent local tapas, before end up with a live Flamenco show This foodie experience start in an modern & authentic Tapas Bar
Once you arrive, our guide will explain about local costumes to get a real understanding about Catalonian way of life and cuisine. During the walk to the Flamenco show the guide also explain you some secrets about the Gothic quarter.
Finally and after a short walk we will marvel with a live Flamenco show, our passionate dance!
We would like you to have a plenty time, relaxing and tasting exquisites tapas in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.
Price: 38 €
Phone: (34)93 318 10 23

Barcelona Flamenco Tablao Cordobes

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia today´s recommendation is

Flamenco Tablao Cordobes

I enjoy  near Hostal Residencia Australia! nice flamenco show and very good dinner in their nice restaurant, all fantastic !
The intimate and intense language, needed by the pure flamenco, requires a tablao with the ideal settings and dimensions, and Tablao Cordobes offers that in Barcelona. On its stages sensations are guaranteed, caused by an art that has been recognized as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Its restaurant, since 1970 located in the heart of the Ramblas in Barcelona, is a precious jewel of the craftmanship inspired by the art of the Nasrid, decorated under the supervision of restorers and craftsmen of the Board of Trustees of the Alhambra in Granada. The restaurant is passionately directed by a family of flamenco artists and one of the most important flamenco restaurants in the world.
Flamenco Tablao Cordobes
La Rambla 35
Barcelona
T +34 93 317.57.11

Melbourne Guitar lessons

Please follow this link  to view my latest post on learning how to play the guitar in a creative structured enviroment and the negative consequences of training based only upon imitation of other´s

Creative Guitar School Melbourne , Located in Eastern Suburbs

Ciclo Tour Barcelona by bike !

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia today´s recommendation is

Ciclo Tour Barcelona by bike !

Barcelona’s charm is famous around the world making it the 16th most visited city on the planet. Barcelona Ciclo Tours are designed to show Barcelona in all its glory to visitors, catering to their needs and demands while also serving the city and its inhabitants. There is so much to see in Barcelona: 2000 years of history, urban stories, beautiful streets and squares, golden beaches, boutiques, markets, people and cultures…all contributing to a vibrant city, rich in diversity and experiences.

Visitors to Barcelona discover so much more by bike in 3.5 hours than in 3 days on foot or from the seat of a tourist bus. The Barcelona Ciclo Tour team of trained guides are well versed in the history and the workings of the city and with fascinating anecdotes and memorable stories they show the authentic truth and uncover the secrets to Barcelona, while visitors ride relaxed and free around the city by bike.

Barcelona is a very bike friendly city with more than a 158km of cycle lanes. The city’s mild and sunny climate allow for all-year-long outdoor activities.

All Barcelona Ciclo Tour routes stick to bike lanes and pedestrian streets avoiding traffic wherever possible and always follow the flattest ground. Our tours are designed for all ages to enjoy and stops are frequent and every hundred meters, to discuss the sights or have a drink. Child seats and helmets are available on request for free.

Barcelona Ciclo Tour
C/ Tallers 45 (only 50 mts from Plaça Catalunya)
08001 Barcelona

 

www.barcelonaciclotour.com

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Guitar School. Lessons on creative rhythmic accompaniments.

Discover how to be more more creative in your guitar playing.

Check out my new video on Melbourne Guitar lessons, Eastern Suburbs , Creative Guitar School

Rhythm guitar can just as fun as playing lead and it can contribute to a more powerful overall band sound.

Just check out Red Hot Chili Pepper, Police, The Eagles Pink Floyd.

On my video I share with you some basic insights on how to become so unique in your playing.

Regards

Thomas

10 of the best tapas bars in Barcelona

Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia
informs that You’ll find dozens of Basque bars across the city. For quality, variety and overall value, this place is probably the best. Generous portions of meats, cheeses, fish, seafood and tapenades piled on to chunks of bread speared with a toothpick – hence the name pintxo, which means spike. Order a drink and grab a plate from the bar. The young, friendly staff will explain how things work. Every now and then one of the staff will offer you a hot pintxo – perhaps a date wrapped in bacon. Enjoy. Ensure you keep all the toothpicks as these will be counted at the end of your session. Each pintxo costs €1.55. Good selection of wines, including txakoli, ciders and Almogàver beer on tap.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jun/08/top-10-tapas-bars-barcelona

My experience visiting of Barcelona Sagrada Familia temple

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia
today´s recommendation is if you plan to visit La Sagrada Familia there is no need to wait in line for tickets inside, as we did. It is much easier to buy your tickets for an appointed time at any la Caixa bank ATM machine (these are all over Barcelona). The cost at the door is 18 euros and I believe la Caixa charges the same.

Construction on this building began in 1882. Gaudi got involved a year later. It is expected, with the use of stone-carving machinery and computers to be completed in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death. If work were to continue as it was going in the early 1900′s, without computers and modern machinery, it would not be completed for several hundred more years. When the tallest spire is added, it will be the tallest church in the world.
Gaudi was deeply religious. Somehow he expanded his mind so far outside the realm of normal it could only be described as genius. The fact that he put in motion a plan that was so entirely outrageous and difficult and that it has been followed by thousands of people to create what I saw today is what blows me away. Every tiny detail, and there are thousands and thousands, is so thoughtfully designed. And the intricacy and science behind the construction – it is inconceivable. The last time I felt that sense of awe and total amazement about the ingenuity of man, was when I saw Machu Picchu for the first time.
If you ever have a chance to visit, do not pass it up. It will change you as it did me. Promise
for further information:
http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/

Barcelona Marina Port Vell

 

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Australia today´s recommendation is to visit , nice gastronomic and funny Barcelona area, next to” Marina Port Vell” near the see.. enjoy !

Food and drink

The diverse neighbourhoods offer an array of local and international cuisine. In close proximity to Marina Port Vell, you encounter the Gothic Quarter, where medieval streets reveal traditional taverns and contemporary tapas bars infused with Catalan charm. A brief stroll in the opposite direction and you’ll discover Barceloneta, lined with sandy beaches and seafront restaurants. Barcelona also has more than its fair share of Michelin awarded restaurants located throughout the city, many of which can be found a taxi ride away in the trendy neighbourhood of Eixample.

For further information:

www.marinaportvell.com/en/content/food-and-drink

 

Barcelona Flamenco-Tablao del Carmen

 

Dear friends, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recomendation is:

Flamenco! Tablao del Carmen
Flamenco Show Only (35€) Includes the show and a drink. The price for a child of 4-12 years is 17.50€. Children from 0-3 years go free.
Tablao Menu (69€) Includes the show, 4 course meal, coffee and drinks (mineral water, wine or sangria).
Tapas Menu (45€) Includes the show, tapas, dessert, coffees and drinks (mineral water, wine or sangria).
Children’s Menu (35€) Includes the show and the children’s menu
Notes: Formal attire is not required. Groups of more than 15 people will need to request their meal choices at least one week in advance.

El Tablao is located inside Poble Espanyol in the Montjuic area. Exact address: Avenida Marques de Comillas, Montjuic, Barcelona
Tel: (+34) 93 325 68 95
Fax: (+34) 93 425 46 16

How to get there
Metro: Plaça Espanya It is then a 5-10 minute walk to the entrance.
Bus: Take number 13 or 50 to right outside Poble Espanyol, from Gran Via or Plaça Espanya. Tourist bus: Get off at Poble Espanyol stop Car: There is a car park located close to Poble Espanyol but you have to pay. For more information on access time and prices, call Iglesias on (+34) 934 250 031.