Barcelona: art, design and dance

a gallery room in Vincon

Being a capital of European design, I (Amanda) had mapped several stores and galleries for us to visit. One is the fabulous Vinçon, an home-depot sized emporium of high-end home objects. The kitchen section alone comprised of 8 or 9 aisles. Upstairs is where the larger furniture lives, the 19th century details (mosaic-tiled flooring, crown molding). I could have just lived there. It was a perfect mix of user-friendly modern design set in traditional architecture. It’s nice to have the showroom set up like an actual flowing floorplan so you can see how everything integrates together. Graeme and my wheels were spinning. Is it possible to ship abroad?

the hockey player

Barcelona is full of interesting architecture, but we simply did not have enough time or energy to explore everything we could have. The city reminds me of a slightly more dirty and modern Paris. Architecture in Art Nouveau style and details unfound anywhere in Europe. Modern face-lifts and completely new projects all across the city.

One cool thing is the street lamps. Gaudi designed many of these himself.

Museo Picasso

Picasso actually spent much of his life here and much of his work is housed in this location. We got a little lost trying to locate it as with most things in the Old City are off a tiny, winding beaten path. We then got in trouble for trying to enter the line the wrong way. Once inside, I visited the bathrooms (always fun to see in museums and shops).We weren’t permitted to photograph inside, but trust me when I say it is one of the most impressive (architecturally) renovated museums. You can take a virtual tour on their website. It’s like modern castle with Andalusian details.  They’ve done a fantastic job matching the narrative of his life and journey with his work with several videos showing overlays of works he was inspired by and how he interpreted them in his experimental styles.


What would a visit to Spain be without a flamenco show! Graeme believed our dancer to be a flamenco history professor by day and Captain Intensity Flamenco dancer by night. The musicians were brilliant and the show was a lot of fun.


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