Barcelona souvenirs with a difference

Galerias Maxo

Galerias Maxo View on Instagram | Image: IH Barcelona

Galeria Maxo
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!

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Weird and wonderful creatures in a lovely shop

Spider in a shop window

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!

Mazinger at Norma Comics

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.

Tom says: 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

El indio

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.