Holiday Gift Guide Part 1. Experiencing Barcelona…

Welcome to our first portion of our Holiday Gift Guide.  See below for a list of our favorite experiences which you can share with a loved one or enjoy yourself.

El Palauet Living

A perfect gift for a loved one when you are planning a romantic getaway to Barcelona.  Book one of 6, luxurious, suites in this modernist building and you will not be disappointed.  Plan ahead and we can help you perfect your Barcelona getaway.

Visit Mr and Mrs Smiths website to start planning now!

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Palau de la Musica

Perfect for so many!  Browse through the calendar to find a show that suits you or your travel dates.  Some performances allow you to enjoy from the stage with the musicians.  Either way, between the architecture, lights, and music you will not be disappointed.

Find your tickets here.  

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Hidden City Tours Barcelona

Perfect for the traveller looking for a unique tour or a local in search of a different perspective.  Lisa Grace, founder ofHidden City Tours Barcelona works to create jobs for Barcelonas formerly homeless…and what an experience you will have!  Guided tours through the old town of Barcelona led by homeless or formerly homeless guides

Stay tuned on their facebook page additionally.

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Casa Leopoldo

Perfect for a food lover in search of a wonderful, institution in a hidden corner of Barcelona. Casa Leopoldo is one of our favorite places in town, and we have not been disappointed.  Open since 1936, in the Raval, this restaurant is still in the family.  Enjoy the fresh fish of the day with a fantastic glass of white wine from the Priorat region.

IMG_3618 Enjoying a lovely dinner with family and friends.

IMG_1371 A farewell after a fantastic dinner with friends.  Rosa, the current owner, is the granddaughter of the restaurants founders.

What we order?  We never even look at the menu!  We trust Rosa’s suggestions implicitly!  If you like ham, you certainly will want to order the jamon iberico with the pan de coca.

Make your reservation now.

Leave it to Barcelona Tour

If you are passing through Barcelona, or would like to give the gift of a tour to a loved one, please contact us at leaveittobarcelona@gmail.com .  We arrange curated tours specializing in the unique fashion finds in Barcelona.

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Lluis Genero…a 5 day annual visit to Barcelona.

Once a year Lluis Genero holds a capsule collection sale in Barcelona…and we were lucky enough to catch it!

 

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Walking home one evening we noticed an eye catching affair in our local art gallery, clothing, people, art, flowers….Had a new store opened in place of the gallery?  We had seen commotion for the past few days, and in the ever changing Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, a new store popping in was entirely possible!

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The following day we popped in to learn that we had stumbled upon the 5 day only capsule collection of local designer, Lluis Genero.  The art gallery was now decorated with art from both Lluis’ personal collection and his own creations.  The designer had transformed the space into a charming boutique filled with sweaters, scarves, and tapestries designed by the designer, who now lives in the Emporda region of Spain.

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This collection called “Soulmates” “unites spontaneity and ease, elegance and sincerity, warmth and sensuality.” (Www.LluisGenero.com)  The designs or composed of cashmere, angora, merino wool, organic cotton, alpaca, and mohair.  The pieces stood out for their quality, style, and affordability. (Every garment is numbered for the collection)

Having lived in Barcelona, Beijing, and multiple other locations around the world,  the designer now resides outside of Barcelona in the countryside. Always knowing he wanted to create, at 18, Lluis travelled to NYC to begin his training at Parsons school of design.  Upon graduation, Lluis has worked has an artist, furniture designer, as well as fashion designer.  Drawing his creativity from daily life, his mind is always working.

What inspires the designer in Barcelona?  The architecture and the people.  For those of you who have visited Barcelona, this won’t come as a surprise to you.

When Lluis is in Barcelona, he loves the fact that he can be in Barcelona without living there.  There is something magical about being a tourist in your own home which we both agreed upon!

Until next year Lluis…for 5 days only.

For more details about Lluis, and for updates on future collections sign up for the newsletter on their website.

September Long Weekend

In September we had 4 delightful ladies come visit from the UK.  One of our guests was a contributing writer to Queen of Retreats. They had only a weekend so we had plenty to cram in!

With a Friday afternoon arrival the girls headed up to the rooftop of our retreat space to catch a class with Sarah Purcell Co-owner and Co-Founder of Infinite Pilates.  Afterwards they had a lovely bit of downtime to enjoy the rooftop jacuzzi!

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The girls had a bit of downtime before popping out for a quick bite and then they were off to enjoy a Flamenco show at the incredibly Palau de la Musica.

From the Palau de la Musica they headed up to Mutis-a jazz bar tucked away in the middle of the Eixample.  The girls listened to a jazz singer croon until the week hours of the night.

Low and behold Saturday morning had arrived and they were up once again for yoga with Kari Zabel, currently based out of Munich, Germany. IMG_3608

After a quick outfit change the ladies were off for a Segway tour of Barcelona.

 

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The girls convened once again for their evening Flamenco lessons with the fabulous Tani, on the outskirts of Barcelona.  Within an hour they were stars!

Another rapid turn around before the girls were tucked into their table at the trendy Boca Grande where they enjoyed into the night.

Soon enough it was Sunday morning-departure day.  After a morning at the beach the ladies soaked in the hammam and massages of the delightful Aire de Barcelona.

In a flash the weekend was over and our girls were off on their way back home to the UK…refreshes, replenished, and ready to take on the mummy and work duties of the week to come.

For more about their weekend you can see the delightful review of our weekend please visit http://queenofretreats.com/experience-leave-it-to-barcelona/

Bicicleta Modernisme

As some of you may have seen via our facebook or instagram pages this Sunday we met up with our friend Carlos, and hit the streets for the Bicicleta Modernisme sponsored by the Modernist Museum of Barcelona. To clarify for ourselves, and for those who may not have been entirely clear, we took to wikipedia to differentiat Catalan modernism from the other Modernist movements which happened around the world. See below for a few photos of our fun filled evening.

“Modernisme (Catalan pronunciation: [muðərˈnizmə], Catalan for “modernism”), also known as Catalan modernism, is the historiographic denomination given to an art and literature movement. Its main form of expression was in architecture, but many other arts were involved (painting, sculpture, etc.), and especially the design and the decorative arts (cabinetmaking, carpentry, forged iron, ceramic tiles, ceramics, glass-making, silver and goldsmith work, etc.), which were particularly important, especially in their role as support to architecture. Modernisme was also a literary movement (poetry, fiction, drama). Although it was part of a general trend that emerged in Europe around the turn of the 20th century, in Catalonia the style acquired its own unique personality. Its distinct name comes from its special relationship, primarily with Catalonia and Barcelona, which were intensifying their local characteristics for socio-ideological reasons after the revival of Catalan culture and in the context of spectacular urban and industrial development. It is equivalent to a number of other fin de siècle art movements going by the names of Art Nouveau in France and Belgium, Jugendstil in Germany, Sezession in Austria, Liberty style in Italy and Modern or Glasgow Style in Scotland, and was active from roughly 1888 (the First Barcelona World Fair) to 1911 (the death of Joan Maragall, the most important Modernista poet). The Modernisme movement was centred in the city of Barcelona, though it reached far beyond, and is best known for its architectural expression, especially in the work of Antoni Gaudí, but was also significant in sculpture, poetry, theatre and painting. Notable painters include Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas,[1] Isidre Nonell, Hermen Anglada Camarasa, Joaquim Mir, Eliseu Meifren, Lluïsa Vidal and Miquel Utrillo. Notable sculptors are Josep Llimona, Eusebi Arnau and Miquel Blai

Santuari de Santa Maria Magdalena, by José Sala, in Novelda, Valencian Community

Catalan nationalism was an important influence upon Modernista artists, who were receptive to the ideas of Valentí Almirall and Enric Prat de la Riba and wanted Catalan culture to be regarded as equal to that of other European countries. Such ideas can be seen in some of Rusiñol’s plays against the Spanish army (most notably L’Hèroe), in some authors close to anarchism (Jaume Brossa and Gabriel Alomar, for example) or in the articles of federalist anti-monarchic writers such as Miquel dels Sants Oliver. They also opposed the traditionalism and religiousness of the Renaixença Catalan Romantics, whom they ridiculed in plays such as Santiago Rusiñol‘s Els Jocs Florals de Canprosa (roughly, “The Poetry Contest of Proseland”), a satire of the revived Jocs Florals and the political milieu which promoted them.

Modernistes largely rejected bourgeois values, which they thought to be the opposite of art. Consequently, they adopted two stances: they either set themselves apart from society in a bohemian or culturalist attitude (Decadent and Parnassian poets, Symbolist playwrights, etc.) or they attempted to use art to change society (Modernista architects and designers, playwrights inspired by Henrik Ibsen, some of Maragall‘s poetry, etc.)

Architecture and the plastic arts[edit]

The earliest example of Modernista architecture is the café Castell dels tres Dragons designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the Parc de la Ciutadella for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. It is a search for a particular style for Catalonia drawing on Medieval and Arab styles. Like the currents known in other countries as Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Stile Liberty, Modern Style or Sezessionstil, Modernisme was closely related to the English Arts and Crafts movement movement and the Gothic revival. As well as combining a rich variety of historically-derived elements, it is characterized by the predominance of the curve over the straight line, by rich decoration and detail, by the frequent use of vegetal and other organic motifs, the taste for asymmetry, a refined aestheticism and dynamic shapes.[2]

Antoni Gaudí is the best-known architect of this movement. Other influential architects were Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and later Josep Maria Jujol and Enrique Nieto.[3]

While Barcelona was the centre of Modernista construction, the Catalan industrial bourgeoisie built industrial buildings and summer residences – cases d’estiueig – in many Catalan towns, notably Terrassa and Reus. The textile factory which is now home to the Catalan national technical museum MNACTEC is an outstanding example.

Literature[edit]

In literature, Modernisme stood out the most in narrative. The nouvelles and novels of decadent writers such as Prudenci Bertrana (whose highly controversial Josafat involved a demented priest who ends up killing a prostitute), Caterina Albert (also known as Víctor Catala), author of bloody, expressionistic tales of rural violence, opposed to the idealisation of nature propugned by Catalan Romantics, or Raimon Casellas have been highly influential upon later Catalan narrative, essentially recovering a genre that had been lost due to political causes since the end of the Middle Ages. Those writers often, though not always, show influences from Russian literature of the 19th Century and also Gothic novels. Still, works not influenced by those sources, such as Joaquim Ruyra‘s slice-of-life tales of the North-Eastern Catalan coast are perhaps even more influential than that of the aforementioned authors, and Rusiñol’s well-known L’Auca del Senyor Esteve (roughly “The Tale of Mr. Esteve”; an auca is a type of illustrated broadside, similar to a one-sheet comic book) is an ironic critique of Catalan bourgeoisie more related to ironic, pre-Realist Catalan costumisme.

In poetry, Modernisme closely follows Symbolist and Parnassian poetry, with poets frequently crossing the line between both tendencies or alternating between them. Another important strain of Modernista poetry is Joan Maragall‘s “Paraula viva” (Living word) school, which advocated Nietzschean vitalism and spontaneous and imperfect writing over cold and thought-over poetry. Although poetry was very popular with the Modernistes and there were lots of poets involved in the movement, Maragall is the only Modernista poet who is still widely read today.

Modernista theatre was also important, as it smashed the insubstantial regional plays that were popular in 19th century Catalonia. There were two main schools of Modernista theatre: social theatre, which intended to change society and denounce injustice—the worker stories of Ignasi Iglésias, for example Els Vells (“The old ones”); the Ibsen-inspired works of Joan Puig i Ferreter, most notably Aigües Encantades (“Enchanted Waters”); Rusiñol’s antimilitaristic play L’Hèroe—and symbolist theatre, which emphasised the distance between artists and the bourgeoisie—for example, Rusiñol’s Cigales i Formigues (“Cicadas and Ants”) or El Jardí Abandonat (“The Abandoned Garden”).

Linguistics[edit]

Modernista ideas impelled L’Avenç collaborator Pompeu Fabra to devise a new orthography for Catalan. However, only with the later rise of Noucentisme did his projects come to fruition and end the orthographic chaos which reigned at the time.

The end of Modernisme[edit]

By 1910, Modernisme had been accepted by the bourgeoisie and had pretty much turned into a fad. It was around this time that Noucentista artists started to ridicule the rebel ideas of Modernisme and propelled a more bourgeois art and a more right-of-center version of Catalan Nationalism, which eventually rose to power with the victory of the Lliga Regionalista in 1912. Until Miguel Primo de Rivera‘s dictatorship suppressed all substantial public use of Catalan, Noucentisme was immensely popular in Catalonia. However, Modernisme did have a revival of sorts during the Second Spanish Republic, with avant-garde writers such as Futurist Joan-Salvat Papasseit earning comparisons to Joan Maragall, and the spirit of Surrealists such as Josep Vicent Foix or Salvador Dalí being clearly similar to the rebellion of the Modernistes, what with Dalí proclaiming that Catalan Romanticist Àngel Guimerà was a putrefact pervert. However, the ties between Catalan art from the 1930s and Modernisme are not that clear, as said artists were not consciously attempting to continue any tradition.

Modernista architecture survived longer. The Spanish city of Melilla in Northern Africa experienced an economic boom at the turn of the 20th century, and its new bourgeoisie showed its riches by massively ordering Modernista buildings. The workshops established there by Catalan architect Enrique Nieto continued producing decorations in this style even when it was out of fashion in Barcelona, which results in Melilla having, oddly enough, the second largest concentration of Modernista works after Barcelona.

UNESCO World Heritage[edit]

Some of the works of Catalan Modernism have been listed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage:

Architects[edit]

There were more than 100 architects who made buildings of the Modernista style, three of whom are particularly well known for their outstanding buildings: Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

  • Antoni Gaudí, who went beyond mainstream Modernisme, creating a personal style based on observation of the nature and exploitation of traditional Catalan construction traditions. He was using regulated geometric shapes as the hyperbolic paraboloid, the hyperboloid, the helicoid and the conoide.[6]
  • Lluís Domènech i Montaner created a genuine alternative architecture. Along with Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas he worked towards a modern and international style. Domènech continued on from Viollet-le-Duc, his work characterized by a mix of constructive rationalism and ornaments inspired in the Hispano-Arab architecture as seen in the Palau de la Música Catalana, in the Hospital de Sant Pau or in the Institut Pere Mata of Reus.[7] His Hotel Internacional at Passeig de Colom in Barcelona (demolished after the 1888 World Fair) was an early example of industrial building techniques.
  • Josep Puig i Cadafalch was a Catalan architect, politician and historian who was involved in many projects to retore older buildings. One of his most well-known buildings is his rebuilding of the Casa Amatller in Passeig de Gràcia. It has elements in both the Catalan tradition and others originating in the Netherlands or the German Gothic. Neo-Gothic is also apparent in his Codorniu Winery (Caves Codorniu, 1904). He built Casa Amatller and Casa Trinxet.”

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Saturday night carbo loading in our new outfits.

Saturday night carbo loading in our new outfits.

Just before the bike ride began in front of the gorgeous UNESCO world heritage sight the Hospital Sant Pau.

Just before the bike ride began in front of the gorgeous UNESCO world heritage sight the Hospital Sant Pau.

Making our way with Carlos

Black and white in El Born

(photo credit: Tomas Carcasona)

(photo credit: Tomas Carcasona)

Weekend happenings about town…

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

Ballet Gitano at the Teatre Tivoli:

After a three-year tour of Latin America, Europe and the US, Corté is back in Barcelona with his show, Gitano. Performing alongside 10 other dancers, 17 musicians and eight flamenco singers, Gitano is an intensely personal show for the internationally-renowned flamenco dancer and takes the spectator back to his gypsy roots.

Tickets from €28

Friday: Prostibulo Poético: 

Os invitamos al último Prostíbulo Poético de la temporada, en el que presentaremos a las nuevas poetas que entrarán a formar parte del burdel. Ven, aplaudelas, ten un privado con ellas antes que nadie!! Contaremos ademas con Tori Sparks y Amelia Cadwallader. Va a ser una gran noche. Envíanos un mensaje para reservar y te obsequiamos con regalo de Bijoux Indiscrets! prostibulopoetico@gmail.com

8 eu socios
10eu no socios.

We invite Poetry Brothel to last season, which will introduce new poets who will join the brothel. Come aplaudelas, have a private with them before anyone else! We will also with Tori Sparks and Amelia Cadwallader. It will be a great night. Send us a message to book and we will reward you with Bijoux Indiscrets gift! prostibulopoetico@gmail.com

8 EU partners
10eu fees.

7:30 to 10pm C/Corretger, 5

Maria de la O

first time at the Palau de la Música

May 2014 Friday 30 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
June 2014 Monday 23 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
Thursday 26 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
August 2014 Saturday 9 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
Saturday 16 21:30 h Buy Concert Hall
Prices: from 30 to 48 €

Cycle:

Organized by: Events Artístics

Juan Cortès – Rafael Fernandezguitarra
Paco de Mode, cajón
Fran Leónflauta
Sara Flores – Mariano Santiago “el makande ” – Jorge “el Pirata”- Juan de la Nana, cantaores
Isaac Barbero – Juan Herediabailaores
Susana Escoda – Raquel Alegria – Ivette Pla – Adelaida Guerrero – Maria Cortés, bailaoras

Susana Escoda, choreography
Sara Flores, art direction
Juan Cortés, musical direction

Program

Maria de la O (zambra )
Amor de riquezas  (tanguillos)
Sueños de amor (tango)
Vivencias (alegrias)
Lamentos (balada)
Coraje y rabia (seguiriyas)
Fiesta gitana (bulerias)
La quimera (martinete)
Mis duquelas (solea por buleria)

Maria de la O, A Spanish gypsy girl from a humble family dreams about a gypsy boy from her village since their childhood. One day when they are grown up a rich non-gypsy man appears and she falls in love with him. After a while she realizes that neither wealth nor gold make her happy. What does make her happy are the humble dresses, traditional customs and especially her true love, the gypsy boy from her village.

Saturday:

The Pool Market Barcelona

Mercadillo, música y piscina!!

Only Vintage Clothing & New Designers

Inauguración The Pool Market

*Pool Party & Market *

Horario: 11h-20h.

C/ Pallars 121-125 – BCN

ZT Hotels-Villa Olimpic@ Suites

Line Up – 16h:

Lifeghetto

Yuki Fukiyama

Wish

ENTRADA 1€!

Inscripciones expositores abiertas: Only Vintage Clothing & New Designers

Sunday:

Vintage Market Barcelona http://www.twomarket.es/

4a Bicicleta de Modernisma http://pedalsdelmodernisme.com/

*Leave it to Barcelona will be at the Pedals de Modernisme and Vintage Market.

One night at the Palau de la Musica-Beethovens 9th Symphony

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Can you guess what we are wearing that is from Barcelona?  (Walid included this time)
Beethovens 9th Symphony: 
Organized by: Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música and Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès

Marta Mathéusoprano
Gemma Coma-Alabertmezzo-soprano
David Alegret, tenor
César San Martínbass

Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música
(Josep Vila i Casañas, conductor)
Polifònica de Puig-Reig
(Ramon Noguera, conductor)

Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès
Rubén Gimeno
conductor

With the collaboration of students from the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo

Program

R. Humet: Vent transparent
L. van Beethoven
: Symphony no. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral”