Hotel J Balmes

Francesc pla, 6, Catalonia, 08500, Spain and Canary Islands | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Catalonia

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 ...

Timeline

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

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... 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 ...

Thanksgiving

A travel blog entry by eithne

In gratitude for the emails some of you have sent the comments on my ponderings believing i could do this seeing it through for letting me be a little homesick and watching me make mistakes but finding a reason to laugh about it anyway. for your updates and cheery words in gratitude for the sea and stoney sands greeting my pale feet for cities that twist and turn around themselves and ...

Gerund

A travel blog entry by eithne

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... reaching into the clouds and beyond my understanding. The extremes pull me. The places of nature that just are their elements -- a mountain is earth, the ocean is water -- tug at me like very little else can. I feel the elements in my body pulling me closer to those extreme examples, calling me. Earth my body... So the Pyranees. I wanted to hike through them and I had a very hearty laugh at my silliness. I┤m not hiking through anything like that on this ...

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