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  barcelona, a charming city,

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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...

 

Other things...

 

Times and habits:  

Lunch 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 ;-) .

  

Events: 

International Exposition 1888, International Exposition 1929, 1992 Olympic Games, 2004 Forum de las Culturas...

"Hi Sandra,

We just got back a few days ago from the rest of our trip.  We look back with very fond memories about you and the wonderful arrangements you made for us while we were in Barcelona.  Not only did you show us exactly what we had requested and made it so interesting, but you were very kind to help us figure out how to go around on our own (which I don't think most guides would have bothered with)  You can rest assured if anyone asks me what to do and see in Barcelona, I will tell them I have just the person they need in Barcelona.   Sincerely,  Maureen & Herman Roszler  Los Angeles California (February 17th 2009)"