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 on Oct 22, 2008

... 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 on Oct 12, 2008

... 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 on Oct 09, 2008

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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 on Nov 23, 2006

... time being so different than the rest of the world for trying senagalese food and not liking it for trying octopus and thinking, eh. not bad. for crazy travel companions, new found partners and laughter. for finishing a beer, for bad italian cooking, for learning spanish too slowly and laughing more than i thought i would. for quiet moments at the foot of a fountain. for words. for hope. ...

Barcelona...

A travel blog entry by eithne on Nov 21, 2006

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Got into Barcelona yesterday afternoon and managed the metro. Pav and I met up with a kiwi on the train, rather good meet actually, so Matua joined our company and we have become the three compadres of sorts. Barcelona last night... well. Not so impressed. I ended up begging off the rest of the evening at 10 and going back to the hostel to chill out for a bit. But that gave Pav and Matua a chance to hang out and meet Tommasso, an Italian living in the city. I guess weŕe ...

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