Calle Blai – The popular Tapas Street of Barcelona 巴塞罗那的Tapas街

“Tapeo” (the art of eating tapas) is an important part of the Spanish culture and the social scene. The word “tapas” comes from the Spanish word “tapar” which means “to cover”. Normally tapas consist of a bread which is topped with a slice of meat, Spanish jamon, cheese or other small portions of dishes, in a tapas bar you might also see some dessert.

In Spain, tapas bars are always lively and full of talks and laughter as the most important thing about eating tapas is to gather a friends and to socialize when Spanish people drink beer or sangria and eat tapas.

I love tapas, it kinda reminds me of those summer nights when I lived in Southern China. We have a similar culture and we call that “Dai pai dong”, it’s like a food market street where you grab some BBQ and beer, socializing with friends late at night.

每次提到西班牙文化,不得不说说他们的Tapas文化。 在西班牙随处可见Tapas吧,通常指正餐之前作为前菜食用的各种小吃。Tapas变化多样,可以是简单的奶酪火腿,也可以是烹饪过的鱼或者虾。西班牙人喜欢跟朋友去Tapas吧聚会,大家一起聊天,喝酒,配上各种小吃仪器分享。Tapas文化也是一直社交文化。

这种饮食文化让我想起曾经我住在国内的那些夏夜。国内很多城市都有大排档和夜市文化,想起夏日的深夜,总是聚集曾经好友,三五成群一起去吃串喝酒的日子。每次来西班牙都觉得很怀念这种吃吃喝喝的氛围。

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Get lost in the A-maze-ing Parque del Laberinto de Horta 走吧,去巴塞罗那的迷宫公园迷路。

Compared to some other European cities such as Paris or London, Barcelona is not the most well-known city for classical parks. Yet I’ve found this Parque del Laberinto de Horta through my Barcelona friend who lives close to the park. During La Mercè festival period, it’s free entrance for all.

Parque del Laberinto de Horta is Barcelona’s oldest park, designed in 1791 by Joan Antoni Desvalls. It is located on the outskirts of Barcelona, in the foothills of the Serra de Collserola, but easily accessible by the green subway line. The park is romantic and there are lots of space to sit and have a picnic.

The park consists of two parts: the neoclassical garden and the romantic garden. Water is a fundamental element of the garden and it is presented in all areas in different ways: waterfalls, streams, ponds and canals, etc. There is plenty of shade in the maze as well, which made it a perfect place to visit on those hot Barcelona summer days.

欧洲有一些以古典公园著名的城市,巴塞罗那可能并不算在其中。但是我在巴塞罗那的朋友还是给我介绍了一个在她家附近的美丽迷宫公园。而且在巴塞罗那城市节La Mercè,或者一些节假日,还可以免门票。

Horta迷宫公园是巴塞罗那现有最古老的公园,由建筑师琼安东尼于1791年设计。公园位于巴塞罗那的郊区的山脚下,但是过去很方便,搭地铁L3线很容易到达。这个公园利马有很多很多休息的空间,看到很多当地人过来野餐。

公园由两部分组成:新古典主义花园和浪漫主义花园。水是花园的基本元素,以各种不同的方式呈现:瀑布,溪流,池塘,溪流等。巴塞罗那夏天炎热,迷宫形成的树荫很适合避暑。

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Palau Güell – a Low Key but Impressive masterpiece by Gaudí 桂尔宫殿:低调却华丽的高迪作品

Architect Antoni Gaudí was from Reus, Catalonia, a city not far from Barcelona. In Barcelona city, you can find so many great works by Gaudí: Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Parc Guell, Casa Vincent, La Pedrera, etc. Being a huge Art Nouveauarchitecture lover, every time I come to Barcelona, I try to visit one or two of them and would probably keep going back for Gaudí’s works.

Today I’d like to show my dear Steemit friends Palau Güell, a low-key masterpiece of Gaudí. I personally loved its unique style and design, even more than other more famous works. Maybe not all Barcelona visitors are aware of it due to the low key promotion. It’s actually much cheaper than other Gaudi attractions, which makes it great value as the palace was huge and there’s so much to see. You can easily spend 2-3 hours inside exploring this architectural wonder.

Palau Güell was one of the first important work Antoni Gaudí made at the start of his career. Eusebi Güell, a Barcelona industrialist and politician wanted Gaudí to build an urban palace as an extension of the family’s home on La Rambla. Palau Güell was used as the home of the Güell family until they moved to Park Güell.

鬼才建筑师高迪来自巴塞罗那不远的小城Reus。在巴塞罗那,可以找到各种高迪创作的建筑作品:从圣家堂到米拉之家,再到桂尔公园等等。作为一个巨大的新艺术风格建筑的爱好者,每次来到巴塞罗那,我都会去拜访其中一两个,因为高迪我也一直想再去巴塞罗那。

今天,我要带大家去看一个低调的高迪杰作 — 桂尔宫殿。我对它的喜爱甚至超过高迪在巴塞罗那其他更着名的作品。虽然桂尔宫殿设计独特,但是在众多的高迪景点中,却是很低调的存在。实际上这里的门票反而比比其他景点便宜得多,所以性价比可是非常高。桂尔宫殿可看的点很多,可以轻松花两个小时探索这个奇异建筑。

桂尔宫殿是高迪在职业生涯开始时的作品。巴塞罗那工业家政治家尤西比·桂尔希望高迪在La Rambla附近建造一座城市宫殿作为家族住宅的延伸。桂尔公园被一直被用作桂尔家族的住宅,直到他们搬到桂尔公园居住。

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First time meeting a Steemit friend in real life at Barcelona de La Mercè 2017 在巴塞罗那城市节第一次见到Steemit朋友!

Before I went to Barcelona, I posted a short announcement for meetup. I wasn’t so sure anyone would show up since I was also asking on different channels in Steemit chat, but it seemed that no one would really be in Barcelona for La Mercè festival. When I was almost sure I wouldn’t meet anyone. There was this girl @ojamajo contacting me, and we managed to meet up in the end.

It was interesting, although I love to introduce Steemit to friends and strangers, it was the first that I met Steemian in real life! Today I’m going to report a bit more about this 4-day city festival and my meetup experience.

去巴塞罗那玩之前,我发了个Meetup的公告,希望见到在巴塞罗那的Steemian朋友。结果到我出发的时候,也没有人回复我。我还在Steemit聊天室好几个频道也都问了,结果不巧,几个在西班牙的朋友也没有计划去要巴塞罗那。所以我也差不多失去了希望,觉得应该不会见到Steemit朋友了。结果到巴塞罗那的第二天,我刷了一下Steemit(论频繁在线的好处),发现巴塞罗那姑娘 @ojamajo联系了我。于是我们就愉快地约见面了。

虽然我喜欢介绍Steemit给朋友或者陌生人,但是跟Steemit上面的真人见面还算是头一遭,所以也是特别期待。今天我也借此在介绍更多的La Mercè节日传统给大家。

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