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Barcelona Tapas

Have a good moments in *Moments*!

Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation,is:

In the brand new and beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the table on
everyone’s lips is with no doubt: Moments.

The Chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam are revisiting Catalan
recipes and even inventing the first anti-aging menu of Barcelona..

On the Catalan side of the menu you will discover totally renewed classical
dishes like Arroz caldoso de gamba con picada de pescador (rice dish with
broth) – Fricandó (veal stew) and suquet (fish stew) – Shrimp Tartar-
Seabass with fig chutney and hibiscus salt – Veal Cheeks with turnip
vegetable ravioli and red fruits..

A delight and lot of imagination!!

But even more visionary and trendy: a “anti-aging” menuwhere the food
chosen by Carme Ruscalleda and Dr. Manuel Sanchez – head of the Anti-aging
Unit Clinic Planas- , specialist in the anti-age treatments, conceal only
the most miraculous properties to preserve an “iron constitution”

In this menu, mini pizza pies with artichokes and the Joselito ham, or
macaroni with buckwheat accompanied by scallops and vegetables… a great
idea!

*Moments*
*Address :* Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40
Opening hours : Lunch: 1:30pm-3:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Dinner:
8:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Closed Sundays and Mondays
Phone : 93 151 87 81
Metro/Bus : Passeig de Gràcia,

tapa

Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia today’s recomendation-Maitea tapas bar

 

Maitea tapas bar by Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia:

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.
•Carrer de Casanova 157, +34 93 439 5107,
*http://www.maitea.es/indexangles.html
*.Open Mon-Sat 11am-midnight*

Barcelona Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso of Barcelona by Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia

Dear friends :

Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia culture recommendation for this week is for visiting:

Museu Picasso of Barcelona

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the
formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is
revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the permanent
collection. Furthermore, the Museu Picasso, opened in 1963, also reveals
his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that
was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.

Address: Montcada 15-23
08003 Barcelona
Tlf. (+34) 93 256 30 00
museupicasso@bcn.cat

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.

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 .

 

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

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

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

Barcelona tapas, another one to savour

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



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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 .

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.

This is a nice view of the freixenet cellars .

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

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 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?

Gane un viaje gratis a Barcelona

Hostal Residencia Australia y  Barcelona Music celebran el último  trabajo discográfico  de Thomas Lorenzo Spanish Breeze.

Con la colaboración de:
Bruce Sugar: Productor de Ringo Star  y “Grammy award nominee “.
Alphonso Johnson: Bajo eléctrico y contrabajo , “Grammy award nominee”.
Walfredo Reyes: Bateria ( Santana)
David Garfield:  Piano( George Benson )

El concurso comienza el  15 de Febrero.

El ganador será anunciado el día 23 de Agosto

El premio consta de un viaje gratis a Barcelona  para dos personas  en Octubre 2010 desde cualquier país de la unión europea cubriendo solo el coste del vuelo  de ida y vuelta en low cost  a Barcelona , desde un solo punto de origen, y el alojamiento en en Hostal Residencia Australia. No se cubrirá ningún otro gasto.( Respecto al punto de origen , las dos personas partirán desde el mismo punto y regresaran al mismo punto de origen

El concurso se divide en  dos partes:

La primera parte consta de una serie de preguntas culturales sobre Barcelona.

Si aciertan pasan a la segunda parte. El concursante entonces recibirá varios ficheros mp3 de segmentos de 30 s del ultimo trabajo discográfico de Thomas Lorenzo.

El concursante seleccionará  uno de estos segmentos y realizará un collage o simliar que refleje la sensacion que produce el segmento seleccionado.

Por favor les invitamos a ser creativos

Nos han de conceder permiso para mostrar este arte en nuestra web.

El ultimo día para presentar el collage es el día 1 de Agosto.

Un equipo de 4 personas formadas por representantes culturales catalanes seleccionar´50 finalistas.

Colgaremos  los collages de los finalistas en nuestra web.

Cada concursante podrá emitir un voto por correo electrónico.

El collage que consiga el máximo numero de votos ganara

El ganador será anunciado el día 23 de Agosto

Toda información que compartan con nosotros será tratada en función de la legislación vigente y bajo ningún concepto compartiremos sus datos con nadie.

Como participar :

Para apuntarse envíenos las repuestaslas preguntas que pondremos en nuestro blog : http://www.residenciaustralia.com/blog por email.

Pueden seguir el concurso en face book

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Barcelona-Spain/Hostal-Residencia-Australia-Barcelona-Spain/302552708968?ref=ts

Y a través de nuestro blog

http://www.residenciaustralia.com/blog

Gracias

Thomas Lorenzo