Our street (Ortigosa) in #barcelona this #evening. Our #ihbcn #ihbarcelona #languageschool annex is the lovely #modernista former warehouse on the left; the bank building at the end of the street is by the profilic #enricsagnier (300+ Moderniste buildings), with our main building (on Trafalgar) just out of the picture on the right
Image from our Instagram feed | Our annex on the left, Enric Sagnier's La Caixa building at the end of the street, Via Laietana (and see Thurs., below) just beyond that
September is a really great time to visit Barcelona: it's still summery but just not so ridiculously hot. On our social programme for you this week:
- Tuesday 4th | The barrio of Barceloneta was built on reclaimed land and dates back only to the 18th century but once housed Barcelona's fishermen and then, later, factories. Both are now long gone and have been replaced by a lot of noisy tourists, but the district still retains a peculiar, original flavour. On the subject of tourism and what it's done to Barcelona, see also this article in The Guardian last week (16.00).
- Wednesday 5th | One for art lovers, our trip this afternoon takes us down to the Plaza España to see the 1000 years of art in the outstanding collection at the MNAC, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (16.00).
- Thursday 6th | It's hard to believe, but Via Laietana is little more than 100 years old. Driven through the heart of the old city between 1908 and 1913, as you can see in the video above, it's now one of Barcelona's busiest streets — and just a two-minute walk away from IH. Come with us and discover more of its history this afternoon (16.00).
- Friday 7th | You've got to start your Barcelona weekend somewhere. Why not start it with us at our Friday Club language exchange, where you can practise all the languages you know? In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.
Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.
Don't miss it | At the CaixaForum until September 16, there's a fascinating exhibition on, Faraón, Rey de Egpipto. If you're interested in Ancient Egypt, you'll love this one!