Vamos a Barcelona # 4 – Genius Gaudí

I guess that many people know who Gaudí is. If not it is definitely worth adding Barcelona in your “places to visit” list.  He created the most mindblowing monuments and houses of the city. His architectural work and the concepts he puts behind it are impressivelly modern. Look for yourself :

The Sagrada Familia

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The Güell parc

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The Casa Batllo or Bone house

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Little bonus : It is not at all Gaudí but still catalan modernisme : Palau de la Música Catalana!

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Do not forget to prepare your budget for those visits. Visiting Gaudi’s work or any other place created by architects of the Catalan Modernism style will cost you between 15 and 30 euros. You even have to pay to visit the nicest parts of the famous Parc Guell.

 

Winter is coming

I have recently discovered two really cool things. First I discovered the app Bandsintown, which I use to add artists that I want to track and to be informed of the gigs happening in town. I use the app reaaaally often now as I am totally obsessed with tracking every artist I like or that I could like to see live. My other favorite activity on the app is to read the list of similar artists to the ones I track.

A few months ago as I was spending time on Bandsintown I discovered a new band: Kadebostany (aka The National Fanfare of Kadebostany). I must admit, I looked into the band’s work just because its name made me curious. The great coincidence was that it is a Swiss band, so now I am able to answer the question “what is your favorite Swiss band?” – yeah yeah try me.

This morning, I was sitting in the train and listening to this song… outside it was cold and foggy, I realized that winter was coming, it felt kind of peaceful.

Wish you a great weekend folks!

Vamos a Barcelona #3 – TiBiDaBo

If you want to do something different while discovering Barcelona, we totally recommand you to visit the Tibidabo entertainment parc.

During your visit:

1. You will enjoy an amazing panoramic view over Barcelona and the sea shore.

2. You will see the weirdest church I have seen so far.

3. You will be able to enjoy the old school look of this entertainment parc. It feels romantic AND creepy at the same time. You are like stuck in a world in between the Step by Step introduction credits and a horror movie of the 90’s.

4. You will enjoy a really nice moment in the carousels in the middle of a bunch of kids

We thought we will spend there 2 hours top, but we cancelled all our plans to be able to enjoy this place longer. We bought the train ride together with two tickets for the carousels and went in the Ferris wheel and the “blue girafe”. The options in the carousels is not great but we were very happy of our afternoon at the end.

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If you seek Amy

Little break in my vacation report to talk about music.

The other day I was scrolling through the replays of Arte on their app (for people who don’t know Arte, it is a French/German TV channel that deals a lot with culture and society) and I discovered this : an amazing concert of Amy Winehouse with a very cool interview of her in 2006 and documentary film about her life!

I was so hypnotized that I had to watch the concert twice. Amy’s voice, her interpretation, her cuteness in the interview and her knowledge in music, everything impressed me.

Athough I knew the most popular songs of her album Back to black, I was not a big fan of the music and thought it was quite mainstream. I rediscovered her a few years ago when I decided to listen to her album Frank. This album was so special, so jazzy. It instantly became my favourite album.

I became aware of the greatness of Back to black only later when watching videos of Amy’s live performances. The lyrics have a totally different meaning when you see how she interprets the songs.

After having listened to all her songs and watched all the videos of her performances I felt frustrated to know that I will never ever see anything new with Amy in it. So for me these videos are like a real treasure!

I totally recommand you to watch the videos before they are deleted from the replay (which means that you have until saturday).

Seen on the run (2) :

- Two guys dressed the same way practicing some kind of fighting art. The one with the big bamboo sticks. My reaction.

- A monk with its typical outfit. Yes, you know the brown poncho, the Roman sandals, prayer beads in the hand. But he was wearing a hipster blue and white checked shirt underneath the poncho. My reaction.

- The perfect sunday jogger. The one who has the best equipement: new shoes, very light lycra clothes and cardio watch. But he seemed to be not as fit as its clothes as he stopped running after getting a side cramp less than 1500 metres after its start. His friend laughing at him. My reaction.

- After a music open air festival, a group of young folks sitting around empty beer bottles. On monday morning. Because school suxx. My reaction.

- Guys putting perfume on before going for a run.  My reaction.

- A dog dominating its master. Explanation: the guy was running with his dog. At a crossroad, the guy continues his way through the park. The dog stops. He wants to turn left to go back home. His master notices it and tries to make the dof come to him. Big fail, the master has to follow his dog the tail between his legs. My reaction.

- A group of ten people dressed in kimonos and standing in a circle. They were one by one going in the middle of the circle to make some crazy moves. My reaction.

- A woman hugging…. a tree. My reaction. My second reaction.

- A young boy peacefully sitting on the side of the road next to his bike. Under the rain.  My reaction.

- A bunch of policemen blocking the road with their cars. They were all on the edge of the road looking in the Loire (river). There was probably a car in the river as I saw a tow truck driving by later. My reaction. My second reaction.

- A guy with a white sanitized outfit. You know, the same one that people wear in case of an epidemic. He was alone, talking on the phone, in the middle of a big parking. My réaction.

- Women putting perfume on before going for a run. My reaction.

Who said jogging was not fun?