Did you know...?
Interesting facts, figures, anecdotes...
> Catalonia has Europe's oldest parliament. It dates back to the 12th century.
> Catalan is spoken
by over 6 million people.
>The Roman name of Barcelona was Barcino. They say it was founded
by Amilcar Barca, a Carthaginian general and the father of Hannibal (218 B.C.).
> The Eiffel Tower was offered to Barcelona for the 1888
exposition and the town hall turned the project down. Gustav Eiffel offered it to Paris the following year
coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
>Streets still have the name of
the craft that traditionally used to be done there, like Dagueria (knife workshop), Agullers
(pincushions), Argenteria (silver workshop) ....
> Sister cities of Barcelona in English speaking
countries: Boston, United States,
1983 and Dublin, Republic
of Ireland, 1998.
> Futbol Club Barcelona with 162,979
members and one of the biggest football stadiums in the world.
Their slogan is: "it's more than a club".. and 2009 has been the best
season in history ! with the Triplet: European Championship plus the two national cups!
> more to come...
hours are from 2pm to 4pm and dinner from 9pm to 11pm but you can get meals at any time
in Barcelona. This conditions
how we interpret time and divide up the day. When speaking, Spanish people say it’s morning ("por la mañana")
till whatever time they have lunch and the afternoon ("por la tarde") till they have dinner. So people may
say "let’s meet this afternoon" which could mean 6 or 7pm or “let’s see each other mid morning” could be 12
or “I’ll call you after lunch” could be 4.30 pm.
In the center of the city shops tend to be open all day but little shops in neighborhoods
still close from 2 to 5pm. It’s funny, compared to other European countries, when they finish work or close
shops at 5pm we start the afternoon shift, after the famous and disappearing "siesta", till 8 or 9pm,
right in time for dinner ;-) .
International Exposition 1888, International Exposition 1929, 1992 Olympic Games, 2004 Forum
de las Culturas...