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At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we believe in a better world. Which is why we have brought to you the different iniciatives and projects that year after year we collaborate in!

Crowne Plaza Barcelona isn’t just a hotel in the Condal City. It is also a firm that throughout the year supports different actions based on social, cultural and sustainable values to look after the world that surrounds us. Here are some of our initiatives that took place during 2017!

These projects are carried out throughout the whole year as we firmly believe that by playing a small part we will together achieve important changes in the environment and our society. The list is long, so let’s go for it!

 

What social actions have we carried out at Crowne Plaza Barcelona?

Regarding social activities, we focus mainly in projects to fight hunger and dehydration.

Crowne Plaza Barcelona received the Rotary Club certificate for having donated 2.350 solidary menus throughout 2016 under the initiative “Alimentos para Necesitados” – A.L.P.A.N (Foods for Needed) who also belongs to the club. Furthermor,e we collaborated with the catalan initiative “La Fam no fa vacances” (Hunger doesn’t get holidays), where we collected 175kg of food to help the most needed during the summer. “BCN Comparteix el menjar” (Barcelona shares their food) belongs to Nutrició sense Fronteres, another initiative in which we participated by providing hotel meals to social dinings.

We also participated with “Restaurantes contra el hambre” (Restaurants against hunger), a solidary initiative by “Acción contra el hambre” (Action against hunger) together with the Spanish Hostelry Federation, fighting against childhood malnutrition. Crowne Plaza joined the Project by providing 2€ per each dish consumed at the hotel’s restaurant El Mall.

Oxfam Intermon Trailwalker in Girona: for the second year in a row, part of Crowne Plaza Barcelona’s team joined this 100km trailwalk collecting more than 1.500€ to donate to this organization. An action put together for women and girls that each day have to walk for hours in the search of safe drinking water. We also cooperated with the program “IHG shelter in a storm” by IHG in an organized “Nordic Hike” in Montjuïc, to support the fight against the effects of natural disasters.

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igh-crowne-plaza-barcelonaIHG Foundation – Nordic Hike

 

All of this without forgetting about the toiletries that each of our rooms has, all of which are 100% fair trade.

 

How about cultural initiatives?

During Christmas a big part of Crowne Plaza Barcelona’s team donated their gift sets to the neighbourhood of Poble Sec, to a catalan NGO “Bona Voluntat en Acció” (Good Will in Action) which works to erradicate poverty in the fourth world. Aside from that we also gave toys to the little ones of this same area, because Santa doesn’t forget about them! We collaborated with this organization in another project “Hotel Tapa Tour”, where they organized a tapas tour and all money went directly to the cause.

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The “Interhotel Games” are Charity Olympics where several 4 and 5 star hotels participate to collect funds. This 2017 the money was destined to “Nutrición sin Fronteras” (Nutrition without borders) and their project “Barcelona comparteix el menjar” (Barcelona shares their food).

Crowne Plaza Barcelona was the main sponsor at their charity event “Cena Solidaria Esclat”, a charity dinner where all funds were destined to professional integration and personal development of people with cerebral paralysis.

Regarding the big screen, Crowne Plaza Fira-Center also collaborated with the 4th Edition of the Asian Cinema Festival in Barcelona, organized by Casa Asia, who gave out a honorary prize to the movie “Redha” for the treatment and sensibility towards autism. Related to this illness, to celebrate the International Day of Awareness about Autism we illuminated our main façade in blue and joined the campaign #ConnectatAlBlau (#connectedtoblue).

Furthermore, our El Mall restaurant participated in the latest version of the Barcelona Restaurant Week with an elaborated tasting menu. Included in the price was a solidary euro which was then destined to ”Menudos Corazones Foundation”, a music therapy project for pediatric ICU’s.

 

In terms of energetic efficiency and sustainability, what have you done?

tesla-crowne-plaza-barcelonaTesla chargers for electric cars

 

We obtained the IHG Green Engage Level 1 Certificate, which means that all of our hotel’s facilities are designed under sustainable parameters and accredits us for one of the best practices in matters of saving energy and costs.

We also received the Quality Ecoleader Certificate Platinum Level by TripAdvisor that promotes the reutilization of bedding and towels, the use of energy-efficient bulbs throughout the hotel, a cautious control of the use of A/C and heaters, recycling… among many other aspects.

As in the tourism of Barcelona, we also contributed with our grain of sand by participating in the initiative “Barcelona Sustainable Tourism” where different projects are carried out related to sustainability, environmental and socio-economical matters surrounding the city’s tourism.

Our latest news regarding energy efficiency is that since last October we have added in our hotel two Tesla chargers, the number one company in premium electric cars, which are free to use and completely compatible with any electric vehicle from hotel’ guests.

 

As you can see this is a summary of the actions that we have been contributing with at Crowne Plaza Barcelona throughout 2017, and there will still be more. Most important of all, we are determined to keep on participating in solidary actions that fight for social causes, equality, the environment and culture, as we strongly believe in our values and the kind of world we want to be living in.

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Barcelona welcomes another year the Fiestas de la Mercè, but what is the origin of this local celebration?

The Virgin of la Mercè is the most popular patroness of Barcelona, because for those of you who didn’t know, yes we have more than one! Together with the Virgin Eulalia, co-patroness of the Condal City who for many centuries was the only one who had this figure, they are the metropolis patronesses.

And you might be wondering, how come Barcelona have two patronesses?

The history that links these two figures goes back to beginnings of the 4th century when the roman emperor Diocleciano ordered to persecute the Christian faith that was threatening the cult to the Roman Empire.

The legend tells that Santa Eulalia revealed against the persecution towards Christians in Barcelona and her punishment was devastating. Emperor Diocleciano’s men captured and tortured her until Santa Eulalia finally died, after resisting being put inside a wineskin filled with shard elements and was thrown down a steep street of the city without compassion or regrets.

Santa Eulalia was finally crucified, however she managed to impress all the spectators with her bravery during the punishment, where something incredible happened… As the legend tells, right at the moment of her death her soul rose flying from her mouth in the shape of a white pigeon.

The history and courage that Santa Eulalia showed shocked the entire city of Barcelona in a way that made her a heroine and the Condal City named her patroness of Barcelona.

Centuries later in 1687, something happened that completely changed the course of the city’s history. A terrible locust infestation arrived in Barcelona and the locals desperately prayed to the Virgin of la Mercè for her to save their streets, promising that if she did they would name her patroness of the city. Santa Mercè saved Barcelona from the locust catastrophe and in 1868 Pope Pio IX named the Virgin of la Mercè patroness of the Condal City, completely eclipsing the existing patroness Santa Eulalia.

However fellow devotees of Santa Eulalia weren’t very happy with this decision, as they weren’t forgetting about the sacrifice that their early patroness had done centuries before. So that is how finally both virgins became patronesses of the city at the same time.

From that moment onwards the celebration of Santa Mercè on the 24th of September gained more and more spotlight. With the arrival of democracy on the 20th century this local celebration was proclaimed as the most popular and renowned in the city, as it united all of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods together that until the moment had been independent from one another.

Nowadays the fiestas de la Mercè are still one of Barcelona’s most popular festivities as they also represent the closing of the summer. However, the day of Santa Eulalia has also got its’ celebration day on the 12th of February, also known as Barcelona’s winter celebrations, in honour of the first patroness who has dethroned from her limelight in Barcelona.

There is an anecdote that legend tells that every 24th of September, the day of Santa Mercè, it rains in the Condal City. The popular culture believes these are Santa Eulalia’s tears, who cries in grief for having been delegated from her role and eclipsed by the Virgin of la Mercè.

No one knows the absolute truth about the drops that fall during these days, but if you are planning on celebrating this festivity in September plan beforehand to bring an umbrella with you before going out to the streets. You will never know if Santa Eulalia will let her tears drop over Barcelona or if it will simply end up raining…

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The most delicious recipes for this Summer… at 173 metres above sea level

Every season of the year has its own tasty seasonal dishes and Summer is not an exception. During these hot months dishes tend to be lighter and fresh, and still as tasty!

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we know that one of the main factors to consider when looking for a new full gastronomic experience is the place. For this reason at 173 Rooftop Terrace we offer not only a selection of delicious dishes to enjoy every single bite but also a unique venue with enchanting views.

To open your appetite you can choose from the finest quality Ibérico charcuterie such as Jamón Ibérico de Bellota or a selected cheese platter full of intense flavours. For more you can also choose among our spicy bravas potatoes or some nachos with guacamole, cheese and Mexican salsa.

Honouring one of the Spanish gastronomic concepts by excellence, 173 Rooftop Terrace’ menu includes some of the best tapas and dishes to share: salmon tartar with side vegetables, barbeque chicken wings or a foie bombon with mango chutney sauce are just some of the delights that we offer.

In our new terrace menu we couldn’t miss out on fresh and light dishes such as our tuna ventresca or Ceasar salads, Salmorejo or artisan burrata with tomatoe, basil and nuts among many others.

And for those of you who prefer a warm and abundant plate you can choose from our different culinary options of meat, fish or greens.

As our special meat dish we recommend our first-class beef steak with a maturation process of 60 days and accompanied by grilled vegetables and roasted potato, although you can also choose from some some of the tastiest sandwiches with our star Burger 173, a beef burger of up to 200 grams with the chef’s special sauce, Jamón Ibérico, goat cheese and all with a brown ale beer.

If you tend to have more of a seafood palate we also have fresh fish straight from the market with natural herbal essence grilled or roasted. If you wish to go for something greener you can also try our grilled vegetables with romesco sauce, definitely a must-try!

As you might imagine we could not forget about the little ones of the family, we also have special dishes for them! Our kid’s menu has several options: from Bolognese pasta to chicken escalope, nuggets and pizza.

And as our final touch, the biggest temptation: desserts at 173 Rooftop Terrace. Apple pie with vanilla ice-cream, fresh fruit of the season, guanaja chocolate with vanilla and Macadamia crunch or our tiramisu… we wouldn’t know where to start with!

These are just a few of the dishes on the menu of our new 173 Rooftop Terrace by Crowne Plaza Barcelona, but it definitely doesn’t end here! Adding to all of these delicacies we also have a wide drinks menu: healthy juices, tea, coffee, cava wine, champagne, cocktails, appetizers or beers are just some of them.

173 Rooftop Terrace offers all of the flavours of the Mediterranean to make your experience at 173 metres above sea level the most delicious in every sense.

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Which of 173 Rooftop Terrace’ cocktails fits you best?

Now that the Summer is here it is the best time to make the most of hotel rooftops to enjoy the sunset and cheer with a drink or cocktail and friends. At 173 Rooftop Terrace in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we have a great variety of drinks and cocktails to suit all tastes. They say your shoes or watch will say a lot about you,… so what about the cocktail that best fits your personality?

Let’s find out if you identify with some of our proposals!

 

Cocktails
You are thoughtful and pay attention to detail, taking care and treating with care everything that surrounds you. You’re also a lover of anything exotic and different, tropical and interesting.

There are thousands of cocktail combinations for every personality. At 173 Rooftop Terrace, among many of our cocktails, here are some you may identify more with:

  • Dry Martini: the cocktail for the chic and classy. For simple personalities who look for a moment relax at the end of the day with a drink in hand. Someone who likes little but good, like the delicacy of a Martini with the taste of an olive.
  • Bloody Mary: the combination of tabasco with pepper and tomato juice make it the perfect mix for the passionate and adventurous, perfect for energic and extrovert personalities that are willing to try strong tastes with a touch of mischievous.
  • Cosmopolitan: for urban people who like simple things with a touch of glamour. They say it is one of the most feminine cocktails…although the mix of cranberry juice and lime sounds attractive for everyone!
  • Caipiriña: the drink for the warm hearted who enjoy dancing to the rhythm of Brazilian samba. The perfect balance between acid and sweetness, instinct and reason and depending on the moment, the best drink to let loose and let yourself go.
  • Mojito: original from Cuba, it is one of the most popular Caribbean drinks. Thought for those who are looking for something sweet but with character. Rum goes with strong personalities whilst mint is for those in search for a fresh and groundbreaking touch. Sugar adds the sweetness of audacity whilst lemon is the acid touch that is often needed to create a balance.

 

Aside from these cocktails, at 173 Rooftop Terrace you can also enjoy a drink of Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Brandy, Gin and liquors. The combinations with these drinks are infinite, but you can also enjoy of the drink itself like a dry whiskey or brandy for those people who choose the perfect moment to take their time with their drink. Moments where one enjoys the taste of every instant. Those who prefer a more subtle drink can go with a a liquor or a Gin & Tonic, where every sip can be as cautious or vigorous as one decides.

However, if you are not a big fan of cocktails at 173 we also offer other drinks like Spritz, Vermouth or Martini, a wide selection of beers as well as Cava, wine and Champagne, or other beverages including teas, coffee and healthy juices!

 

So with all of these options, have you identified which of our drinks at 173 Rooftop Terrace fits best with your personality?

Come and discover more!

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Tips and advantages of sun bathing this summer in Barcelona, and getting a tan like nobody else!

When Summer arrives it is usual that we spend much more time outdoors: whether it is at the beach, in the mountain, doing sport or just relaxing at a terrace, which is why we all tend to get tan. And one of the best ways that we can think of sun bathing is by doing it in the new rooftop terrace at Crowne Plaza Barcelona.

In this post we have collected some of the advantages and tips for you to enjoy the best moments of this summer in 173 Rooftop Terrace.

 

Protect yourself!
Sunscreen is a basic you can’t forget. It is essential to protect your skin from the sun rays, specially between 12 and 4 pm as it is when it hits harder. Furthermore, it is important that you apply it on your body half an hour before exposing it to the sun and repeat the process several times to avoid unnecessary sun burns.

 

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When you have the intention of sunbathing, whether it’s at the beach, countryside or in a swimming pool, there are certain elements you also can’t forget. As we said before sun screen tops the list however you should also consider: sunglasses, a towel, flip flops, a hat, a book or magazine, headphones, some fruit, … and anything else you can think of to keep you busy under the sun!

 

Hydrate
Before getting under the sun you must check if you have water with you to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. By drinking small sips your skin and body will appreciate it! And if water doesn’t convince you, you can also try one of our healthy juices and beverages at 173 Rooftop Terrace.

 

Natural beauty
Don’t expose your skin to the sun if you are wearing any chemical products on your face or body such as make up, deodorant or lotion. It’s also not a good idea if you are wearing perfume or cologne… all of these products can cause sunspots on your skin!

 

Step by step
After Winter where we have spent days and months wearing big cozy jumpers and long jeans, our skin hasn’t been producing any melanin for which it tends to be much more pale than usual. When the summer arrives and the hours of sun increase it is highly recommended to start exposing your skin to the sun in small dosis, in order to prepare your skin and be capable of spending an entire day at the beach without harming it.

 

Smiles and happiness
Vitamin D is one of the main substances that our body gets from the sun and it definitely has a big positive impact on us, helping to improve our mood. What better way to absorb some of that happiness vitamin than in 173 Rooftop Terrace? Just because of its’ views, the stillness you can breathe and the comfort that it offers, it will increase your serotonin to the maximum level!

 

There are many places from which we can enjoy the rays of sun but if you add to it somewhere nice and comfortable, with amazing views and the best services at your reach… 173 Rooftop Terrace at Crowne Plaza Barcelona is your tiny oasis in the middle of the city. Don’t wait any longer and come and visit us for the best sunsets in town!

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Are you staying in Barcelona during this Summer? Here are some cool plans to do!

Summer is always the perfect time to enjoy doing what you love: travel, visit your family, spend more time outdoors… Big cities seem empty, however it’s only an appearance! During the Summer many people still go to work and keep on with their day to day which is why we have decided to bring together some of the best plans to do in Barcelona during this Summer, for those who want to make the most of their time in the city!

 

Beach, water sports or swimming pool
One of Barcelona’s most valued treasures is the sea. Lucky us, specially during the Summer! The fact that we have the Mediterranean Sea so close allows us to do all sorts of water activities: paddle surf, windsurf, swimming, sailing, etc. However if getting in the sea is not really your cup of tea you can always play volleyball in the sand, beach tennis or simply sun bathe to soak in those sun rays while reading a book. To sum up, just like in many other cities Barcelona also has local and private swimming pools, another great option to feel refreshed!

 

Mountains and parks
Not only does Barcelona have the sea but we also are very close to the mountains. Even though they aren’t the highest of this region they are the perfect escape to go outdoors into nature. The area of Tibidabo, carretera de les Aigües or Montjuïc are perfect places to go to and enjoy being outside the city for a couple hours. If you prefer to stay in the urban area you can always go for a walk to Parc of Ciudadela, Parc of Montjuïc or any other green area in the city.

 

Music festivals
When the warm months roll in it is almost impossible for a day to go by in Barcelona without music. Summer festivals are some of the best summer days for locals and tourists: Barcelona Beach Festival, Cruïlla Festival, Música als Parcs, Circuit Festival, Jardins of Pedralbes Festival, summer concerts at Poble Espanyol or BAM are some of them. If you love music you should definitely take a look at some of them!

 

Activities and shows
The cultural offer in Barcelona is amazing, both during daytime and at night. There are all kinds of activities for everyone: open air cinema, tours around the city, museums, parks, exhibitions, nightlife… and the list could keep on!

 

Local neighbourhood festivities
Three of the most known local festivities in Barcelona that take place during the Summer are Fiestas of Gracia, Fiestas of Sants and Fiestas of Sant Roc. They are all local festivities that honour each of the three neighbourhoods in the city and that will welcome with open arms all visitors where you will enjoy popular local food, concerts, “castellers”, famous Catalan dance “sardanas”, magic and alternative shows… The streets simply fill up with people and fun.

 

To sum up, these are some of the coolest plans to enjoy in Barcelona during the Summer. In addition, Crowne Plaza Barcelona will open very soon the 173 Rooftop Terrace, the terrace in Montjuïc with the best views in Barcelona.

 

There is no longer any excuse to make the most of this city!

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173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace, two of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona

Would you like to drink a cocktail in one of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona? Are you looking for the best city views or searching for the perfect terrace to host an event in Barcelona? Keep on reading!

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we couldn’t be happier to share these news with you, the opening of two open air spaces that will take your breath away: 173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjuïc Terrace. The best service at your disposition and some of the best views of Barcelona one can get.

Want to know more?

 

173 Rooftop Terrace

The dreamy rooftop terrace where anything is possible.

173 are the meters above sea level at which you will find our terrace, at the top of Montjüic where Crowne Plaza Barcelona is located. A privileged location in one of Barcelona’s most historical areas with a wide cultural and gastronomic tourism experience.

This perfect situation makes it one of the most unique hotel rooftops in town, with a 360º panoramic view that will let you see from Mediterranean’s horizon to any of the emblematic building’s of the city, such as the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s Cathedral, Tibidabo, the tower of Collserola and of course Montjuïc with all of its attractions.

173 Rooftop Terrace opens to the city to offer our best exclusive services not only to hotel guests but to everyone in town. Among the different areas that make 173 Rooftop Terrace you can find an exterior swimming pool, a solarium and a dedicated culinary space to enjoy the best Mediterranean flavours or cheer with our wide cocktail selection.

173 Rooftop Terrace offers unique and irreplaceable experiences in a cosmopolitan environment thought for you to relax and let go of time. An oasis in the middle of Barcelona. Want to come for a visit?

 

Montjuïc Terrace

The Montjüic Terrace is the perfect venue to organize all sorts of events: weddings, communions, business meetings, launchings, presentations… anything you can imagine.

This terrace also offers amazing views to the city. The National Palace with the National Art Museum of Cataluña (MNAC) as one of the main characters, together with the famous architect’s home Puig i Cadafalach, or the lights at night of the Montjuïc Fountain.

The Montjüic Terrace offers the perfect scenario to celebrate some of the most important and exclusive events in Barcelona. With the best expert team always available we want to make sure that every event is a success and that our clients don’t have to worry about anything but to enjoy the venue.

 

173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace are your magical places in Barcelona.

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Rooftop terraces, what is there about them that we love so much?

Rooftops are a big attraction for us, it’s inevitable. In a country where the sun shines brightly it is almost hard to escape the temptation of enjoying a rooftop terrace and where better to do so than in Barcelona. For this reason, we have decided to bring you 10 reasons to why you should decide to go spend a good time in one of them and let yourself be led by its’ magic.

 

  1. Share moments

Spending a morning or evening in a rooftop terrace with views to the entire city is one of the best ways to share a good time with friends. Conversations, laughs, debates, ideas,… Time goes by and without realizing we have been sharing great moments that become instant memories and experiences.

 

  1. Toast for the good times

When you sit at a table in a rooftop bar, you will probably want to enjoy it with a drink in hand, no matter if it’s water, soda, a beer or a cocktail. And there is no better way to celebrate that moment than with a toast, exchanging looks and smiles with good company.

 

  1. Taste the flavours of quality

Rooftops are already attractive themselves, however if they also offer good food the positive experience exceeds any expectation. The taste of a quality dish or simply a delicious snack, it will definitely help to get everyone at the table at their best mood.

 

  1. Feel the sun kiss your skin

Picture yourself sun bathing in a rooftop or simply feeling the breeze and the sun kiss your skin, one of the best pleasures that nature has given us. A rooftop in Barcelona where the sun shines at its brightest sounds like the place where we would like to be now that the nice weather is around the corner. The sun gives us life!

 

  1. Relax and disconnection

One of the best ways to disconnect and relax is by visiting a rooftop terrace where one can feel comfortable and time flies. You can read, listen to music, talk or simply watch the scenic views from the top. It is the place where everything stops, where you can get away from any problem and simply focus on the happiness of the moment.

 

  1. Enjoy the views

Good views are something precious, and in big cities like Barcelona only a few can really presume of their own. It’s true… views can take your breath away and we all look to find those daydream sceneries. Either with ocean views, views to the mountain or simply to the city roofs, it is definitely somewhere to let go and enjoy.

 

  1. End your the day the right way… with a sunset

Sunsets are always special. Watching the sun set from somewhere privileged, like a rooftop, can turn it even more magical. For us there is no better way to end the day than with the last rays of sun, good company and in a special place.

 

  1. Feel the comfort

Comfort should always be one of your main priorities when deciding between different options. In the case of a rooftop terrace, who wouldn’t want to lie back in a comfy chair with a good service at your disposal for anything you need? When things are made easy, it is more than likely we will decide to enjoy more time there!

 

  1. The surroundings

What surrounds you is also something important to consider when choosing which rooftop terrace to go to. Somewhere beautiful and peaceful will definitely help you to take in that perfect moment.

 

  1. Wet your feet in the pool

A rooftop terrace with a swimming pool, can it get any better? If you have ever had the chance of getting your feet wet while the music plays and the sun shines from the very top, you know what we’re talking about. An indescribable feeling that we highly recommend.

 

In conclusion, these are only some of the main reasons why in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we believe that spending time in a nice rooftop terrace is definitely worth it, and the list could keep going on and on.

 

 

So what about you, have your found your dream rooftop terrace already?

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Want to find out the “mum prototype” you are or have?

Mother’s Day in Spain is getting very close and in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we cannot resist to celebrate such a special day.

There are plenty of mum’s in the world and every single one of them is unique in their own way. However, sometimes there are some things about mum’s that they share in their personality or in the way that they raise their kids which many of us will probably feel identified with. Some sort of clichés about them. For this reason we have decided to collect a series of “mum prototypes” where one can find out the type of mum they are or have. Let’s go!

 

  1. The supermum who can do it all

These are the all-rounder unstoppable kind of mums. Supermums are those who have the ability to handle different situations at the same time and that don’t stress! Definetely very admirable. Not only that but they also manage to have an incredible memory to cover all of their kids’ needs. An endless amount of energy and a couple hours of sleep will do for them to recover and confront the next day with their best mood.

 

  1. Cooking lovers

There are some mum’s who are great at cooking, some others that aren’t as good… And then there’s those kind of cooking-lover mums who put all their effort into slow cooking the best meals for their family. Pots and pans do not rest in that kitchen and their recipes probably exceed the creativity of many chefs around the world.

Cooking-lover mums who spend hours and hours inside their kitchens enjoying every step of cooking abundant, delicious meals made with all their love.

 

  1. The sportswoman

The habit of being active is healthy and good for you. However when you have an athletic mum there’s definitely some moments where one wishes that she abandoned her sport shoes at least for once.

Athletic mums will not want you sleeping in until late on a Saturday morning, they will very probably be taking you on a hike to the top of the mountain or get some waves at the beach. Who even mentioned taking a nap or a good “siesta” after lunch, there’s definitely no stop here and they will keep pushing you until you can’t keep on anymore. As exhausting as it may be, once the effort is over and you think about all the shared moments with her, you will definitely feel very grateful and very thankful to have done all those things together.

 

  1. The worrying mum

The majority of mums have written in their DNA “protect your little ones”. The love mums have for their family is beyond and this translates into worries whenever they fear something. The worrying mums will need to have everything under control, know who their kids are with, when they are coming back, and sometimes this will limit ones freedom due to overprotection.

As time goes by and kids get older, slowly the worrying mums will start calming down, letting go and trusting their personal autonomy.

 

  1. The lectionary

The lectionaries are those mums who want their kids to learn what life is about on their own. This means learning to fall and stand back up again on their own, the kind of learning based on test-error where they will slowly learn what is good and bad.

Sometimes these kind of mums will be a bit resilient to baby their kids and may even seem strict and harsh, however the reality is that they are protecting their children in their own way. They know there are tough times and they will always protect them doing their best: letting them learn how to protect and figure things out on their own.

 

  1. The patient and the impatient

Mothers have to face every day a constant challenge: patience, with probably many moments where they will have to take in a deep breath.

Those who are patient will know perfectly how to handle these situations, controlling their temper with no problem. But for those who are more impatient, that’s where the challenge comes in to try and stay calm.

Whichever your case is, both patient and impatient mums will share one same thing: there is not a kiss or a hug they will resist to.

 

These are only some of the common prototypes that we share worldwide. Surely by reading this you will feel identified with one of these mum profiles, whether you are already in the mummy or in the children’s team.

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Books set in Barcelona to read this upcoming Sant Jordi

On the 23rd of April one of the most popular festivities in Catalonia takes place: Sant Jordi, their patron saint. What in other places is celebrated as the World Book Day, in Cataluña there’s a different tradition, a combination of culture and romanticism. A special day dedicated to couples, lovers, roses and books as the main characters.

In Barcelona’s case, streets become decorated with roses, books stalls and people who don’t want to miss out on this special day. Many writers join the streets to sign their books, whilst bookshops open their doors to show readers the best novels up to date. You can find as many genres as you can imagine but just because Barcelona has so much to offer, we have decided to list the best books that set their stories in the Condal City.

 

Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
2006

Cathedral of the Sea has been one of the latest sensational best sellers there has been with their story based in Barcelona.

Falcones, the writer, after documenting himself in the city’s history, recreates the moment in which the Santa Maria del Mar basilica, located in El Born (or La Ribera) started being constructed back in the 14th century.

The history is set in the medieval times, a period in history where the Condal City lived a moment of fortune and success. The novel tells how the fishing neighbourhood of La Ribera decided to start one of the most ambitious architectonic projects at the time: Santa Maria del Mar, a basilica which would soon become the biggest religious marine temple of the time.

The book travels around some of the outskirts and neighbourhoods of the city such as Plaza Sant Jaume, where today you can find the Generalitat government and the town hall, and also Pla de Palau, the square that back in the day was Barcelona’s most famous as it was located next to the sea and was the door to the city.

 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
2001

Carlos Ruíz Zafón makes the most of the Condal City to create a mystery-romantic story throughout several areas of the Catalan capital: Tibidabo Avenue, Las Ramblas, Plaza Real or the Gothic area are just some of the recurring sceneries.

The Shadow of the Wind is contextualized in the mid-20th century when you could still breathe some of the last splendours of Modernism until the post-war days.

This novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafón intertwines branches and secrets all together, focusing the whole narrative on Daniel Sempere, a boy who one day finds a cursed book at the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books. Since the moment Daniel reads the first page, he finds himself immersed among mysteries, love stories, intrigue and riddles. Without a doubt, the Shadow of the Wind has been one of the most outstanding best sellers of the recent times.

 

Last Evenings with Teresa by Juan Marsé
1966

With Last Evenings with Teresa, Juan Marsé takes us away from the touristic areas of Barcelona to talk about other neighbourhoods that throughout time have been forgotten. More specifically, Marsé’s story is centred in El Carmel, a quarter which in its’ origins was distinguished by being one of the most insecure and neglected of Barcelona.

The novel is based on a love story between two young adults, Teresa and Manolo, more known as Pijoaparte. Teresa is the daughter of a Catalan bourgeois family and Pijoaparte is a local of El Carmel. She is a bit blatant but with financial means and an “easy life”, whilst he is a mischievous boy who struggles in his neighbourhood and aspires to achieve a higher social status.

Last Evenings with Teresa wanders through all sorts of areas of Barcelona: from the high part of the district of Gràcia, to Turó de la Rovira or Plaza de Sanllehy as some examples. Everything is described with a very subtle sharpness doing a small recall to the tease that helps Marsé criticize the Catalan bourgeois of the times.

 

In Diamond Square by Mercè Rodoreda
1962

In Diamond Square is without a doubt one of the most renown novels set in Barcelona. The title refers to a square located in the Gràcia district, a neighbourhood where most part of the story takes place.

The narrative is contextualized in Barcelona during the Republic, war and post-war times and handles with care the story of how Natalia, also known as Colometa, lives her marriage. Many of the situations described in the book can be extrapolated to the majority of women at the time: doubts, uncertainty, submission, obedience, naivety, joy or happiness among some of the feelings that arouse while you read the novel.

 

The City of Marvels by Eduardo Mendoza
1986

The City of Marvels portrays in a very reliable way the evolution of Barcelona during the World Exhibitions that took place in 1888 in Ciutadella and in 1929 in Montjuïc. Both exhibitions transformed and made the Condal City known to the rest of the world, hence the name of the novel.

Mendoza takes us to that Barcelona generation that evolved to an industrialized society and economic prosperity. The sceneries that appear in the novel are several: Moll de la Fusta, the walk and the monument of Colón, the fountain of Montjuïc or the chimneys of Poble Sec as some of the iconic elements of Barcelona that come up during the story.

 

These are some of the novels set in Barcelona although the list could keep on. Barcelona inspires and makes you fall in love, so are you ready to join us and read one of our recommendations set in Barcelona?

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