Barcelona, 11S and Independence in Catalunya

I’ve been to Barcelona twice, and each visit coincided with important Catalan cultural celebrations. As a Canadian who has watched a couple of significant efforts toward independence for Quebec in my lifetime, I thought I had a decent understanding of what to expect when I visited Barcelona on September 11, 2014. It turned out to…

Bringing Catalan Christmas home to Nova Scotia

I fell deeply, deeply in love with Spain after spending three weeks wandering around last year. When I got home, I was in a proper travel funk, which continued into the holiday season. On a whim, I decided to have a holiday party to brighten up the period between Christmas and New Year’s, and that…

La Mercè: the rest of the best of Barcelona’s biggest festival

Check out all of my posts about Barcelona’s La Mercè Over the past few days, I’ve been reliving some of my favourite memories from Barcelona’s La Mercè, the annual festival celebrating the city’s patron saint and Catalunyan culture. During my time in Barcelona, I fit in lots of festivities and parades, from the joyful opening…

Barcelona’s La Mercè: A fire beast parade, then, another fire beast parade

Check out all of my posts about Barcelona’s La Mercè Barcelona’s annual La Mercè is a celebration of Catalunyan culture and features a lot of interesting creatures. In addition to the primary gegantes and other traditional characters (introduced last week in opening parade of the La Mercè), there is a separate cast of dragons and…

Touring Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana, sort of.

During my time in Barcelona last year, I kept myself pretty busy going from La Mercè festivities to seeing all of the essential sights. By my last day, I was overloaded on modernisme architecture and parades. I had one last thing on my must-see list before taking the train out of town: Palau de la Música Catalana.  I read…