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4 shops in Barcelona

Posted in Barcelona, shopping, travels on September 1, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

1) a youg fashion designer, from African roots : Danielle Jantou (Vigatans, 6)located close to the cathedral.

Trendy chic/casual, elegant colours too and very comfortable : dresses, skirts, shirts, accessories….

2)  a jeweller on Passeig de Gracia, almost facing Gaudi’s famous Casa Battlo: LLorenç.

original creations and soft prices. It’s a pity they don’t have a web site or pictures on line…

3) and 4)  excellent museums shops and bookstores : Picasso museum + Miro foundation

4 restaurants in Barcelona

Posted in Barcelona, restaurants, travels on September 1, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I would like to recommend you 4 places we enjoyed very much :

1) for the exceptionnal view on Barcelona, especially by night, Torre de Alta Mar, located in an incredible and unusual place  : atop the 75-metre high Torre de Sant Sebastián cable-car tower , redesigned of course in a lounge and dark atmosphere . A spot for beautiful people, definitly !

The food is delicious, the service excellent,  but you pay for the view…Anyway, I think it’s really worth going.

2) a classic :  7 Portes, since 1836. We could say  a national monument ! excellent sea-food , delicious “crema catalana”; we were sitting at …Picasso’s favorite table , just next to the entrance door with a strategic view on the room.

3) a lounge restaurant, also a club,  by the sea, very cool and cosy, with excellent music : CLDC (passeig maritim)

If you’re a group of friends, or just with your lover, and don’t agree on the kind of food you want, one likes Indian, the other pure spanish or morrocan…this place is for you ! they even have a japonese cook for fresh sushi.I had a wonderful black rice, sometimes called the fishermen rice (made with cuttle ink).

Funny, during our dinner 2 ladies went from table to table to propose 10 min massages, they were great !

We enjoyed very much that trendy,but not noisy, place.

4) El taxidermista : casual, pleasant, on famous Plaza Reiale where lamp-post were designed by Gaudi.

Formerly the museum ‘s natural sciences taxidermy workshop . Beautiful and delicious paella :

Barcelona-museums and places

Posted in Barcelona, contemporary art, museums, travels on August 23, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Hola amigos !

Just come back from Barcelona, a city full of charm if you avoid tacky places like Las Ramblas-how can people take pleasure strolling on it , well fighting against the crowd, to see cheap street performers  ? and avoid also the touristy complex around the aquarium by the sea.

I won’t write about Gaudi, despite I love his architecture very much, especially the Guell Park,

casa Battlo and Pedrera. I prefer to give you tips off the tracks, all the guides and books provided in hotels are very good for the classic :

– Gaudi tour

– Miro Foundation

– Picasso Museum…

well this is where there is all the crowd ! But there is so many interesting and quiet places for connoisseurs !

If you like contemporary art, please, visit the beautiful old bookstore transformed into private foundation devoted to famous spanish abstract painter Tapies. Amazing space that emphasizes the great scales.

A very moving documentary about him displayed in a room underground. Very good hanging showing his evolution from figurative art  to abstract non conventional  painting, challenging always academism even abstract ones .

A private foundation not far from it : Sunol, a collector of contemporay art who selects works from his own collection for temporary exhibition. Located on paseig de Gracia,80;  not far from Tapiès foundation. Great spaces too.

We discovered by chance another foundation  : Centre de arts Santa Monica (La Rambla, 7) with a very good exhibition by Pat Andrea, dutch figurativ artist. The subject : Alice in wonderland with great in  situ drawings. That center is also devoted to molecular food  !

Don’ t miss temporary exhibitions in Miro foundation : we saw the swiss punk sylph Pipilotti Rist with video that get you high, lying on lazy cushions displayed in the rooms.

And a kind of project room showing the work of a young sweden iran born artist :  Sirous Namazi.

Amazing black monochrom photographs at first glance that reveals slowly outlines of interior architecture.

+ Don’t miss the excellent MACBA, built by Richard Meier.

If you need classic , old masters , visit Palau Nacional, they rehung rcently their collections. Famous roman and gothic catalan masters, who influenced so much Picasso and Miro are waiting for you. The museum is empty, so peacefull and pleasant to visit !

Then what a surprise to see Zurbaran  and Greco !

The rooms devoted to Modernism are very nice too; without speaking of the ones devoted to Gargallo, Gonzales and Picasso. You’ll enjoy it I’m sure.

Then if you want to come back to minimalism, breath it in Mies van der Rohe pavillion. Definitly, less is more !