Tag Archives: Barcelona

Books for Fighters

The sign in the photo taken in Barcelona in 1938 reads “give books to fighters”. The campaign collected reading material for anti-Fascist volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

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Blue Mondays

This is what Monday morning looks like when you arrive to find the bookstore closed.

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Bookstore Tourism : Spain

Tuuu Librería is a secondhand bookstore chain in Spain with a special twist. Operated by a non-profit foundation dedicated to literacy and reading, the bookshops collect and recycle donated books from individuals, businesses, and institutions. But what is really unusual is … Continue reading

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You can call me a library rat anytime

I hadn’t heard the expression “library rat” since my undergraduate university days until I stumbled across this new mural by the Spanish street artist known as Xav. The work, which was commissioned by the Barcelona-based Contorno Urbano Foundation, celebrates those … Continue reading

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Gaudi : First and Last

Any trip to Barcelona would be incomplete without visiting the astonishing buildings designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí. Soon, for the first time, it will be possible to tour the first private residential building that was created by the … Continue reading

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Tourists Go Home

Last week, the city of Barcelona finally said enough to uncontrolled tourism. The municipal government voted to impose the most sweeping ban on tourist accommodations seen anywhere in Europe, along with added measures to regain control of the city from … Continue reading

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In Shades

It’s always a pleasure to stumble upon a creative concept online that’s done well. In Shades is a new digital magazine created by Marina Esmeraldo (illustrator) and James Vincent (writer). Based in Barcelona, In Shades is a weekly magazine publishing … Continue reading

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Hang On To Your Wallet

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Mirar Cap Avall

I never tire of following in the footsteps of German photographer Sebastan Erras as he travels around Europe discovering beautiful tile floors wherever he goes. His latest journey has taken him through Barcelona’s historic neighborhoods and landmarks. We can follow … Continue reading

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the more noble instinct that aspires

I have been a fan of filmmaker and photographer Alex Soloviev ever since I stumbled upon his visual ode to Germany’s capital in Everyday Berlin. His new short film Highland Fairytale is an atmospheric and haunting visit to Catalunya’s most … Continue reading

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