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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 Guitar lessons, VIC, Thomas Lorenzo.

Melbourne Guitar lessons, VIC, Thomas Lorenzo.

Hello. Well I am up in Melbourne taking care of my music and of my students. I am dedicating some time to my passion which is teaching. Take a peak at the link to see what it is all about.

How to understand the various of meals in tapa’s bars in Barcelona

We are pleased to explain you, the meaning of the different types of meals
served in tapa’s bars in Barcelona, as follows:

*Tapas:* This is the general name for small dishes of food that are served
to be shared. They can vary widely and cover anything from a bowl of
almonds or olives to a plate of grilled prawns.**

*Raciones:* On menus you will often see the dishes marked with two separate
prices – one for tapas and one for raciones. This will simply be the same
dish, but a bigger portion of it – ideal for when you’re really hungry!

*Pinchos.* This is a concept that originates from the Basque region of
Spain. Pinchos are like mouth sized tapas – always served on top of pieces
of bread. They are also sometimes called ‘Montaditos’.

*Platos Combinados:* This is the name often given to what we might call
‘meat and two veg’ – an entire meal on a plate. However, it sometimes also
relates to tapas. Plato Combinado is a larger plate containing a variety
of the tapas that are on offer.

santa anna

Fresh market tapas and typical dishes in a typical Barcelona Ramblas Restaurant

Santa Anna Restaurant, Located in the heart of Barcelona, Near our Hostal Residencia Australia, just a few steps away from the picturesque* Rambla de Canaletes* and surrounded by shops and popular cultural attractions, They have been offering gastronomic services for over 40 years .

It is a typical Barcelona Ramblas restaurant, you can enjoy fresh market
tapas and typical dishes.

Santa Anna (Str.), 8

08002 Barcelona

Tlf: +34 93318 63 36

Open: 365 days a year

Opening hours: 8:30 to 01:00

- Holiday eves: 8:30 to 02:00
- Non-smokers area.
- Services for disabled persons
- Terrace

HAPPY BAR & GRILL in Barcelona

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*HAPPY BAR & GRILL*

*Happy in Barcelona* is a nice restaurant placed in Barcelona heart, near
our hostel, offering coziness in its two levels, offering exclusive
comfort and rich meals choice of its international cuisine.

*Happy* is a place that you will be attended with a smile.

It is a typical and touristic restaurant, the prices may be a little bit
hight since it is located in Ramblas’s then it is a good and privilegiate
place to enjoy Barcelona center atmosphere .

Address

RAMBLA CATALUÑA, 13

08807 BARCELONA

TELF: 93 270 18 55

Tapas Bar in Barcelona

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CIUDAD CONDAL CERVECERIA

Ciudad Condal is one of the best Tapas bar in Barcelona, offering fresh and excellent tapas, good and quick service.

Right place to enjoy delicious dishes, as cheeses, jamon, shellfish ,all
type of fish, act…besides, there are very good beer and selected wines.

It is located in the corner Rambla Cataluña and Gran Via de Les Corts
Catalanes, close o residencia Australia, it woud be good chance to taste it!

Open every day

CIUDAD CONDAL CERVECERIA* *

* **Address*

Rambla de Catalunya, 18,
Barcelona,
Spain , 08007

*Telephone*

933181997

*Nearest Metro*

Passeig De Gràcia L2, L3, L4

*City District*

Eixample: Eixample D

CERVECERIA CATALANA is a beer bar and a tapas restaurant in Barcelona.

It is considered one of the best places in the city to try the more tasty tapas and enjoy of nice atmosphere…

Because it’s a beer bar, they als offer national and international beers and large wine sellection.

It’s not an expensive place, you can see that the products are excelents.

Cervecería Catalana

Address : Mallorca, 236
Zip code : 08008
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : Eixample right
Opening hours : From Monday to Friday from 8ham to 1:30am. Saturday and Sunday they open at 9ham. Closed for Christmas.
Prices : 20€
Phone : +34 932 160 368
Metro/Bus : Metro: L3 Passeig de Gràcia

FC Barcelona Museum

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Actually is the moment to visit FC Barcelona Museum ! right now, FC
Barcelona is considered as the best world football team.
Our Hostel is the most appropriate place to enjoy the opportunity to live
this FC Barcelona historical moment !!,

In FC Barcelona Musseum, you will see , The trophy Showcase, and a amazing interact wall, containing players, and touching the screen wall provides you to have access to: Club history, titles list, details, statistics,
players, coaches…etc…

Exhibition of 6 coups achieved in a sole season

Very nice and interesting place !!

FC Barcelona Musseum

Adress

C Arístides Maillol, 12*18

08028

Web:

http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/

E-mail:

oab@fcbarcelona.cat

Telf :

+34902189900

Tickets sell point

of 09:00 h to 13:30 h i

of 15:30 h to 18:00 h

Friday:

of 09:00 h to 14:30 h

Saturday

of 09:00 h to 13:30

The art of Barcelona

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You could see and purchase art in Barcelona , with the saved money that you
will get staying in our rooms ,

Paintings of Picasso, Leger, Miró, Dalí, Chillida, Tàpies, S.Francis,
Christo, Wesselmann, Valdés, Boetti, Plensa, Basquiat, Barceló.

Mayoral, art gallery” has been selling the best paintings of the
international market. At present, the Gallery has at its disposal more that
hundred works of modern and contemporary art. These are just a few:

Eduardo Chillida – Lurra

Tom Wesselman – Monica nude with Lichtenstein

Joan Miró – Without title

Antoni Tàpies – Ala blanca

Timetable: From Monday to Saturday, from 10pm to 14pm and from 16pm to 20pm

Tel: (+34) 934 880 283

Fax: (+34) 934 881 093

E-mail: info@galeriamayoral.com

It’ s free to get in, just look rich and please feel free to buy a
painting for the hostal as a tip for a tip.

Once again Hostal Australia has a privildeged location.

Enjoy”

Barcelona Day Trip by Hostal Residencia Australia

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A nice one or two day trips.

Catalunya is a fascinating region. I adore it´s natural beauty. I also love walking through it and hopefully taking part of that beauty with me back home in my dreams and wishes.

I just came back from a two day walk on the cami de san jaume , a new extension of the Camino de Santiago, just north of Barcelona that goes through the volcanic region of La Garrotxa.

It´s very easy and beautiful.
Hostal Residencia Australia Barcelona Day trip to Olot Girona

Summarising you walk , eat good cheap food, take pictures, laugh, sweat and be happy.

How to achieve such?

You take an express bus to Olot, a small town, at the bus stop that is just 5 blocks away from where we are.

Once in Olot from the old train station you start walking on the via Verde del carrilet which is a route following the old railroad track that joins Olot and Girona. You can also cycle but then you rush past places.

This track goes through a lot of towns. So you have a rest point , hotels, restaurants , shops every 5 to 8 km.

No need to carry much food, water nor camping gear.

So your first worry would be in what town to have lunch and the menu del dia which is a festive occasion on it´s own with wine , three courses of good home cooking, desserts, and coffee for about 11 euros.

After lunch we suffer a bit more walking for a few hours and then we choose where to sleep as you also have nice hostels every 10 km . I stayed in a very nice hostel had a great supper again a supper of three courses .

A little town along the way from Olot to Girona

The track takes three days to complete but you can do one , two or three nights . When you get tired you wait for the bus in one of the towns along the way, go to Girona and there take the train to Barcelona.

This is the bus timetable for buses to Olot from Barcelona. Go to http://www.teisa-bus.com/web/horaris/L9.PDF

For buses along the track that goes from Olot to Girona you have one every couple of hours.

More info on the track Via Verde del carrilet

More info of the whole track called cami de san jaume.

http://www.camidesantjaume.cat/

It is very easy to do, transports to there and back are excellent , the food is great and the views pretty nice.

A surprise from the 15th century

The Jewish community and their descendants that were expelled from Spain by The Catholic Kings in 1492 are known as Sephardi.

Their descendants have maintained part of their Spanish tradition and language over the centuries.

Here we have from the U.S.A, Elisa Agava, that speaks Spanish and still recalls here Grandmother speaking to her in Judeo Español , an old spanish from the 15th century

Hostal residencia Austraia, Barcelona“>

My secret tapa place. Barcelona travel guide by Hostal residencia Australia

My secret tapa place. Barcelona travel guide by Hostal residencia Australia .Barcelona tapas my secret place

Barcelona Day Trip, bird watching, bikes, planes, dancing,

How about visitng our closest delta, see some birds, go for km on bikes, see planes take off, land, dance on the beach, go for a swinm, see some turtles, eat a paella and all right next to the city.

Yes the delta of the llobregat where the airport is located.
A fascinating unknown area of the city

Delta Llobregat

Delta Llobregat , Barcelona day trip by Hostal Residencia Australia

How to get there?

Well from Hostal Australia, take the train to el Prat ( 10 km) and walk or rent a bike. You have a train every 10 minutes.

This picture shows you the flora and fauna

This also shows you the metal birds that you can also birdwatch.

And after all the hard work head down to the beach for a paella.

Enjoy your day.

For more info look up: http://www.deltallobregat.cat

Thomas Lorenzo , Hostal Australia´s owner goes national with Bob Sands Big Band

Thomas Lorenzo & Bob Sands Big Band. Spanish National TV, Tele 5

Meat Balls Composed and arranged  by Thomas Lorenzo.

Thomas Lorenzo, Bob Sands Big Band, Meatballs

Barcelona tapas, another one to savour

Bohèmic
Manso, 42 – 08015 Barcelona
Tel. 93 424 06 28

Tapas recomendadas por el Hostal Residencia Australia
A good traditional and modern tapas bar, with not many tourists very close to Hostal Residencia Australia

Bohemica shows a retro decoration and a selection of tapas called 1900 and another called 2000.
The 1900 tapas would be the traditional as the “patatas bravas” the brave potatoes , “buñuelos de bacaloo” fried cod in batter, small squids, roasted beef croquets and many more.
The 2000 selection would be a more creative one , grilled foie, the micuit , a beef carpaccio served with apple foam, tuna sashimi pizza, hare cannelloni ( Rabbit, more or less)
Frances Gimeno is the chef.
The cured meats are good and also try a beverage very difficult to find and very typical of cataluna, “el vermut casero”.
For some nice tapas you might end up spending around 20 to 25 euros per person.
Please enjoy my tip of the day

Would you still fight until death for your loved one? Give it a try.

Do I love her so much?  A Barcelona day trip

Do I love her so much? Barcelona daytrip

Today I recommend an interesting day out in Callela, a small town right next to Barcelona and on the coast. On the 12th and 13th of June they celebrate a medieval fare showing Catalan life back in the good old days.

Just imagine what life would have been like. No need for manners, you could be filthy as a pig and still be loved. Nothing like fighting until death for your loved one. Things have not changed since then, have they? . When we wanted a girl we would just show up and chop off any competitors head. Yes things were good in the old days.

I have just read through the programme they advertise and it seems like fun.

You will be able to experience what is was like to hunt with a hawk. Hello there, I am Mr Hawk, Barcelona Travel guide by Hostal Residencia Australia

You will be able to make a tapestry for Grandma or some warm underwear.

Barcelona tapestry,

Barcelona tapestry,

You will learn how to shape boulders for house building. This seems very practical for present day recession awareness

You will learn how to make plates, bottles, cure headaches with herbs.

And of course you will be able to eat what they were eating back then. This I am really looking forward as I have always wanted to have a wild boar for myself as in Asterix and Obelix

See you all there

Thomas Lorenzo

La europea desunida.

Me he quedado sorprendido de la falta de información de los gobiernos locales durante el caos aéreo vivido el mes pasado. Es importante que el viajero sepa que Europa aun estando unida es una región desunida. Las fronteras existen y cada país es soberano de su existencia. Si alguien se encuentran que quiera viajar de España a Francia en transporte publico es mas fácil pensar en viajar hasta una frontera , cruzar y desde allí coger otro transporte. Existen muchos trenes y autobuses desde los pueblos de las fronteras ya que es lógico que los ciudadanos necesiten viajar por su país. Pero existen muy muy pocos trenes y autobuses que crucen fronteras. Espero que este consejo les ayude si algún día se encuentren atascados en Barcelona.

Barcelona day trip selection by Hostal Residencia Australia

A day trip from Barcelona

Banyoles is a small town about 100 km from Barcelona. This link takes you to the google maps.

It takes about an hour to get there but the trip is worthwhile because of the scenery and it´s famous lake.

Lago de Banyoles

Lago de Banyoles, Girona, Catalunya, España

What I find interesting in Banyoles is a new museum that has been opened that consists of a real reconstruction of a Neolicthic village. This is the only one of it´s kind on the Iberian peninsula.

Parc neolític de la draga

The remains and ruins date back from 5200 BC

Now this can be good fun to see what the village would have looked like 7 thousand years ago.

Parc Neolitic de la Draga, Banyoles, Girona, Catalunya. España

Parc Neolitic de la Draga, Banyoles, Girona, Catalunya. España

Did they have star bucks?

Now the only way to see the village is to organise in advance a visit Tel. 972 57 64 99
arqueolitic@arqueolitic.com

Barcelona day trip, wine and modernist arquitecture

isit the Penedes wine region.
A day trip from Barcelona , where you rent a car and enjoy some very pretty nature , history and end up visiting the modernist buildings of the freixenet , codorniu wine cellars constructed by the modernist arquitect Puig i Cadafalch.

It is very easy to rent a car for the day so no worries here. At our reception I will give you a detailed itenary that we could also map on google for you and you car navigator.

Easy very easy.

This will give you a chance to discover a region only 30 km from Barcelona next to Monsterrat where most of the famed catalan cava is produced.

Here are some pictures that might help you decide .

Barcelona Day trip to the penedes wine region

a nice view of a part of the penedes wine region

Depending on when you go you might get a chance to see the human towers in action called the castellers. When they tumble and fall you will here bones crack.

The human towers in action

The human towers in action , the castellers

This is a nice view of the freixenet cellars .

A front view of the cellars

A front view of the cellars

This next little map gives you an idea of the 30 km route we propose as a day trip outside Barcelona.

The wine region we propose to visit

The wine region we propose to visit

The route will go through the following landmarks

Vilafranca del Penedès,
The church of Sant Cristòfol.


Guardiola de Font-rubí
Pla del Penedès.
Santa Maria de Bellver
Sant Pere de Riudebitlles,
The church of Sant Pere,
The gothic palace of the marquesos de Llo
The romanic churches of Sant Marçal, d’estil romànic, i Santa Maria.
Modernist arquitecture of the Casa Mestres, l’Ateneu Agrícola, l Freixenet and Codorniu

Answers / Respuestas Barcelona Quiz

In what year ( approximately )were the walls of the city of Barcelona torn 
down coinciding with a general strike and the death of of 6400 people from 
cholera ?
1854
What was the approximate population of Barcelona in 1920 and in 1492?
710 000 and 20 000
In what year was the inquisition abolished in Spain ?
1820
In what palace was Columbus received by the kings of Spain in Barcelona?
Salon del Tinell
In what year did the construction of the barrio de la Barceloneta of Barcelona start ?

1753
Who was Tete Montoliu and what big band did he record with in Barcelona?
Catalan Jazz pianists and he recorded with thre big band del Taller de musics

¿En qué año, aproximadamente, fueron derruidas las murallas de la Cuidad de Barcelona , coiniciendo con una huelga general y con la muerte de 6400 personas por cólera?
1854
¿Cuál era la población aproximada de la Cuidad de Barcelona en 1920 y en 1492?
710 000 and 20 000
¿En qué año se abolió la Inquisición en España?
1820
¿En qué palacio de Barcelona fue recibido Colón por los Reyes ?
Salon del Tinell
¿En qué año comenzó la construcción del barrio de la Barceloneta?

1753
¿Quién fue Tete Montoliu y con qué big band grababa en Barcelona?
Pianists de jazz Catalan , grabo con la big band del Taller de Musics

Barcelona Restaurants. Paella

Barcelona Restaurants .

Paella

The famous Spanish rice that dates from the mid-19th century , originally from Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.Paella , Barcelona restaurants

The most known varieties are:

1.The Seafood paella (In Spanish: paella de marisco)
2.The Valencian Paella (In Spanish: paella valenciana),
3.The mixed paella (In Spanish: paella mixta);

The Valencian paella is made with white rice, vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck).
The Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits some beans and green vegetables.
The Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables and sometimes beans.

There are many many more varieties of rice with things in it.

All grandmothers have their own recipe and the ingredients they use depend on the live or dead-things they have near them. So if you are in mountains and have no fish then the rice will be called mountain rice with meats and veggies and rice.

The following are some more varieties . The combinations of rice and veggies ,meats and seafood can be countless as grandmothers there are :
1.Rice with eels and chickpeas
2.Black rice made with cuttle fish and it’ s black ink
3.Rice that is substituted by pasta , spaghetti , this is called fideua
4.Paella with lobster
5.Paella with duck
6.Paella made only with vegetables

Two good places to savour some varieties in the Barceloneta area next to the beach in Barcelona .

Restaurant La Mar Salada
The price is around 35 euros.
Pg. Joan de Borbó, 58-59  ·  08003 Barcelona, Spain.  ·  T. +34 93 221 21 27 / +34 93 221 10 15  · 
Closed on Tuesdays

These are some of the varieties they offer:
1.Arròs de calamarcets de platja. (Rice with beach squid )
2.Arròs caldós de llamàntol. (Rice with lobster)
3.Arròs negre amb sèpia. (The black rice I mentioned)
4.Arròs de muntanya (conill ,cargols i ceps ) The mountain rice where grandmother hunted down a rabbit, mushrooms and some snails.

Restaurant Cheriff

This is where I go a lot to have good seafood type paella . The price would be around 40 euros for the meal, closed on Sundays and is a family establishment with a nice local vibe.
Ginebra, 15-17, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. Tel : 34 933100760

Tips
Do not go for the paellas that are frozen pre-cooked or advertised with pictures in Barcelona.

Paella is served as the menu del dia on Thursdays in most restaurants in Spain. So you can try it as part of a three course meal for around 9 to 12 euros and it is served in most restaurants . This traditions starts from the old days since it took long for fresh fish to travel inland and since Sunday was a day of rest, fish would start their inland adventure on Tuesday on horse and most places would only get in on Thursday so that is where the tradition starts for having paella on Thursdays.

Barcelona things to do.

Barcelona things to do.

How about a good pop flamenco concert not intented for tourists ?

I recommend the following artist and concert:

Who?  JOSÉ EL FRANCÉS’

Where ?

Luz de Gas
Address: C Muntaner, 246
District: Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

When? 19/03/2010 at 21.30

Price 22 euros.

Jose “El Frances” (1971 -), whose real name is Jose Rodriguez Vazquez was  born in  Montpellier in 1971. That is why he is called Joseph the French ( el francés. Yes he is a gyspsy descendant of spanish immigrants and a cantaor, a flamenco vocalist.

Having played and recorded with the famed Camaron de la Isla his discography includes:

* The streets of San Blas (1992)

* We’re perfect (1995)

* Soul (1999)

* Playing love (2002)

* Water of hope (2004)

Respirando Amor (2009)

He will be presenting his latest CD  “Respirando Amor”.  with 11 new songs as “Caracolillos de Luna”

Please listen to him on

Jose el Frances, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia


Latest news on contest for a free trip to Barcelona

Gane un viaje a Barcelona, nuestro concurso, ultimas noticias.

En las últimas semanas hemos recibido nuevas inscripciones para nuestro concurso.

Debido a esto tenemos un poco de retraso de tal forma que la semana que viene recibirán un correo los concursantes que han contestado correctamente la primera fase con las instrucciones de la segunda parte.

Para aquellos que no se han apuntado aún pueden ver la información del concurso para ganar un viaje a Barcelona y quedarse en el Hostal residencia Australia en http://www.residenciaustralia.com/concurso.html

Suerte a todos.

Thomas Lorenzo

Latest news on our music and cultural contest for a free trip to Barcelona

Just a quick note to let you all know that we have delayed the second stage to allow further contestants to enter.

During the following week all contestants for the second stage will be getting an email.

For those who have not entered yet you have all the info about the contest on http://www.residenciaustralia.com/concurso.html

Regards

Thomas Lorenzo

The Labyrinth of Horta

Our barcelona hostel tip of the day is to visit the romantic gardens and labyrinth of Horta. Prices adults: 1,90o. Children under 6 free Opening hours: From 10.am until sunset XVIII century construction Architect: Doménico Bagutti

How to get there: Line 111, the green line, exit at Mundet Have fun.

The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

This is cool tip and it is a good opportunity to get a nice view of the city as it is located in the top part of the city next to the mountain of Tibidado.

Look at a stone and feel the past

La Rambla del Borne.

This rambla can be considered the heart of the bohemian district of “el
Borne”, next to the main ramblas, full of nice bars and cafes to enjoy the
Barcelona night.

You would never guess that this rambla was before the grounds for medieval
tournaments. At certain times of the year they would decorate this rambla
with flowers and flags with the nobel´s emblems , build wooden seating
arrangements so that the town´s folk could attend in mass numbers to witness
the brave combats.

The Montcada family was known for the bravery of their Knights, ( the
museum Picasso is located on the street named after this family) who also
fought along side Roger de Lauria in the crusades of the Holy Land.

Where does the Camino de Santiago start in Barcelona?

Barcelona Travel Guide, Where does the Camino de Santiago start in
Barcelona?. The Church of Sant Jaume.

Located on calle Ferrán, ( Rambla´s area), opposite the old jewish
quarters. During the medieval times it was a meeting point for converted
jews, a church that the rest of christians tried to avoid.

Once inside the church check out the altar , a reproduction of the Pilgrim
of Santiago with the shell and walking stick. The church is considered the
starting point in Barcelona for the Camino de Santiago.

UPdate on concurso

I am receiving excellent replies.

We have decided  to add new questions every 15 days for new comers. No one has answered incorrectly yet,

Do not worry all questions  will  be very easy

Estoy recibiendo unas respuestas excelentes al concurso de las cuales me siento muy orgulloso. Con el fin de mantener una fluidez en el concurso y en su objetivo cada 15 dias iremos renovando las preguntas .

Gracias a todos.

The questions, Las preguntas. The quiz, El concurso

The first stage , the questions

If you get these right you will be able to move on to section 2 of the contest. The collage
Please send the replies to info@residenciaustralia.com

In what year ( approximately )were the walls of the city of Barcelona torn
down coinciding with a general strike and the death of of 6400 people from
cholera ?

What was the approximate population of Barcelona in 1920 and in 1492?

In what year was the inquisition abolished in Spain ?

In what palace was Columbus received by the kings of Spain in Barcelona?

In what year did the construction of the barrio de la Barceloneta of Barcelona start ?

Who was Tete Montoliu and what big band did he record with in Barcelona?
The collage

La primera fase. Las preguntas

Porfavor envien la respuesta a estas preguntas a: info@residenciaustralia.com

Si aciertan podrán pasar a la segunda fase del concurso.

¿En qué año, aproximadamente, fueron derruidas las murallas de la Cuidad de Barcelona , coiniciendo con una huelga general y con la muerte de 6400 personas por cólera?

¿Cuál era la población aproximada de la Cuidad de Barcelona en 1920 y en 1492?

¿En qué año se abolió la Inquisición en España?

¿En qué palacio de Barcelona fue recibido Colón por los Reyes ?

¿En qué año comenzó la construcción del barrio de la Barceloneta?

¿Quién fue Tete Montoliu y con qué big band grababa en Barcelona?