Galerias Maxo View on Instagram | Image: IH Barcelona
On our new Instagram account, one of the things we've add is this, Galería Maxó, a souvenir-shop-with-a-difference, which is a 5-minute walk away on Portal Nou 29 [map].
As you can see above, one of the things they well are 3D pictures of Barcelona, not of the usual picture postcard places but many of which you will recognise (the umbrella house, top left above, for example…?) if you are at all familiar with Barcelona.
They make great souvenirs of the city!
IH Barcelona on social media
Why not follow us, if Instagram is your thing? At the moment we're basically posting things we think will interest our learners and/or people interested in learning and/or teaching and/or Barcelona…
We're also on Facebook and Twitter as well if you prefer them, the former perhaps rather more for language learners, the latter slightly more for language teachers.
Aaaaahhhhh! Spider! | Photo: Tom Walton
Here's a photo from inside one of our favourite Barcelona shops — Raizes Imaginarias.
"They sell some lovely handmade jewelry but it's the amazing sculptures that I stop and admire every time I go by," Kim — a big jewelry fan! — tells us.
It's about 5 minutes' walk away from IH, on the other side of Via Laietana and even if you're not that keen on creepy-crawlies, these are just so amazing!
Mazingerrrrrrrrr!!! | Photo: Tom Walton
Down the road at Norma Comics (Passeig de Sant Joan 9), they're celebrating their 30th anniversary with, among other things, the (larger than!) life-sized Mazinger in the window, who was hugely popular in Spain at one time.
Comics as a genre were — and still are — very popular in Spain, with the annual Salón Internacional del Cómic (April), and the Salón del Manga (Oct.31-Nov.3) being packed every year.
: Love that corner of town! Besides Norma Comics, there are five or six shops like Kaburi and GigaMesh down there for comics and boardgame freaks (like myself!)
Tom Walton works in technical support at IH Barcelona
El Indio | Photo: Tom Walton
El Indio is a draper's shop in the Raval (Carme 24 [map]) which dates back to 1870, as the plaque on the pavement outside notes — a real draper's, that is, the kind of place your grandmother would have felt at home in.
The remarkable façade (detail in the photo, above) is later, 1922 according to rutadelmodernisme, and is the work of Vilaró i Valls, one of many Modernista decorators who left their mark on Barcelona, without ever having enjoyed the fame of, say, Gaudí.
Honey with nuts on sale in the Plaza del Pi | Photo: Tom Walton
Every other weekend from Friday to Sunday, plus the weekends on which there's a fiesta (so this weekend, too, as May 1st is a holiday), there's a farmers' in the cute Plaza del Pi [map], selling honey and cheese and wines and so on.
Don't forget that tomorrow (Saturday) is a holiday in Barcelona.