Hotel J Balmes

Francesc pla, 6, Catalonia, 08500, Spain and Canary Islands | Hotel
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Architecture and Art

A travel blog entry by simonharris

... that it is impossible to catalogue their work in this short introduction. However, you can compare and contrast their styles on the Manzana de la Discordia, the Block of Discord, on the corner of Passeig de GrÓcia and Carrer Consell de Cent in Barcelona. Within just a few metres of each other, you can observe the work of these three great iconoclastic architects. Perhaps the least appealing of the three, at Passeig de GrÓcia, 35 is DomŔnech i Montaner's Casa Lleˇ ...


A travel blog entry by simonharris

... the south of France through the marriage of Ramon Berenguer III to Dolša de Provence. 1137 - Ramon Berenguer IV marries Petronella of Aragon and the Counts of Barcelona become Kings of Aragon. 1148 - The Conquest of Tortosa and Lleida 1213 - Pere the Catholic is killed at the Battle of Muret defending his Cathar subjects against the forces of Simon de Montfort and the Catholic Church. Catalunya's influence in the south of France ...

A Brief History of Catalonia

A travel blog entry by simonharris


... Felipe IV's son, the half-wit Carlos II, died without heir in 1700. There were two pretenders; the Bourbon, Philippe de Anjou, grandson of Louis XIV, and the Habsburg Archduke Charles of Austria. Castile favoured the former while Catalonia the latter and, after allying with England and Holland, who feared a French-Spanish axis, welcomed him to Barcelona as Carles III of Catalonia-Aragon in 1705. The war of Spanish Succession broke out, and just when all seemed to be ...

Barthelona baby!

A travel blog entry by shanemilli


... bar. it had a few locals in there so we thought we'd go in. Had a great bottle of sangria for about 4 euro's and some beautiful tapas! the fish (not sure what it was) was to die for. THE TAPAS! we spent the entire time eating tapas! calamari, chorizo, millions of olives! sooo great. Barcelona is definitely the cheapest city we have come across, which is on the euro. We found some absinthe that is 85% alcohol! had a few sips and went a bit ...

The further adventures in Barcelona.

A travel blog entry by eithne


... too much other than Llydia. At some point, after a dinner of pasta (with Zuchini. that I ate. what is it with Zuchini here!) we were all sitting arourd and the subject of politics came up as it is invariably going to do when you get so many different nationalities in one small space. Llydia is Catalyan (sorry for the spelling, I┤ll come back and clean that up I promise!), not spanish and she spent a good part of the discussion explaining why she is that. Very ...

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This hotel, located on Francesc pla, 6, Catalonia, is near Fira d'Antiquaris.
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