En la acera de Barcelona

Barcelona pavementEn la acera… | Photo: Irene Ucha

Dream of this shape, and you're destined to come to Barcelona, Irene tells us…

Irene:

Si mientras caminas ves el dibujo de esta acera, es que estás en la ciudad Condal…

Si sueñas con estas cenefas, es que estás destinado a venir a Barcelona…

On the Passeig de Gracia (you know, the big street with all those posh shops!), you'll find a more elaborate design, echoing some of the motifs you'll see on some of Barcelona's amazing modernista architecture.

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #16

Gaudí's Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Casa Batllo, Barcelona

Casa Batlló; Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

Gaudí's Casa Batlló (1904-1906, Passeig de Gracia 43) must be one of Barcelona's most photographed Modernista monuments.

"Why do people say Barcelona is so lovely?" my daughter Isabel asked me one day when she was just a kid, and we walked down a particularly ugly street, of which Barcelona — like any other city in the world — has its fair share.

Because it has buildings like the Casa Batlló, which I'm privileged to walk past every day on the way to work…

>> More about Barcelona's Modernisme architecture
>> CasaBatllo.es

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #15

At the beach

Barcelona beach

Kids playing, late Sunday afternoon at Barcelona beach | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska

Most of the pictures we've posted so far in our "30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona" feature we took either on the day or the day before. This one Magdalena took a couple of months back; the beach is just a bit more crowded in June!

Magda:

There is one thing I will always adore in Barcelona: the sea. That's why I came here and why I enjoy it. There is no better place to relax, to think, to meet friends, to play, feel free and happy.

Magdalena is in fact in Mallorca this week, hoping to do some kite-surfing, but wanted to include this picture as it's a favourite.

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #14

Survival Spanish: Get yourself a coffee!

Gimme a coffee!

And gimme a carajillo, too! Clockwise from left: cortado, café con leche, café solo | Photo: Tom Walton

Survival Spanish has got to start somewhere: and where better than with getting yourself a first coffee of the day…? How do you want it?

Un café solo >>
Un café largo >>
Un cortado >>
Un café con leche >>
Un café americano >>
Un descafeinado >>
Un carajillo >>

Café solo is usually a very small black expreso (ask for a café largo if you want more water, or a café americano if you like it as people drink it in Britain or the US (ie weak, with too much water).

A cortado is a small expreso with a dash of milk; if you prefer it bigger and milkier, ask for a café con leche.

A descafeinado is "decaf", a carajillo is for the adventurous (and not before class!): with a dash, often a very large dash, of brandy (coñac), rum (ron) or Baileys.

Bougainvillea at the Casa Elizalde

Bougainvillea, Casa Elizade

Bougainvillea, Casa Elizade | Photo: Tom Walton

Wednesday mid-afternoon: I need a screen-break, somewhere for a moment's peace and quiet! Five minutes up the road from IH there's the Casa Elizalde, with a magnificent bougainvillea in its patio.

Pick up a couple of leaflets about what's on (lots: exhibitions of photography, sculpture; dance, jazz…) and head back to work.

>> Casa Elizade, València 302 [website]

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #13