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Barcelonas and Beyond #13 - Monday 28th November to Sunday 3rd December
November 26, 2016
Welcome to Issue Thirteen of Barcelonas and Beyond for Monday 28th November to Sunday 3rd December. This week we feature the Festa Major of Sant Andreu de Palomar.
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Festa Major of Sant Andreu de PalomarIf you're in Barcelona now you are in luck because the best winter Festa Major in the best District of Barcelona, the former independent town of Sant Andreu de Palomar, runs from yesterday, Friday November 25th until Thursday December 8th.
There is loads of stuff going on particularly around the Can Fabra area and I should know because I lived there from 1992 to 2012. I was actually in Sant Andreu on Friday and almost all my friends were nowhere to be seen. Mari came into the bar late having been to Alternative Cabaret and knowing the rest of them, they were probably at some gig or other until the early hours of the morning.
I'll be spending most of next weekend in Sant Andreu catching theatre, concerts, street food and will probably get some candy floss at the fun fair. As always there are processions and a fire run and great events for people of all ages.
This Week's Football
After a frustrating 0-0 draw against Malaga last week and a much more satisfying 2-0 win against Celtic in the Champions League, FC Barcelona take on Real Sociedad away from home on Sunday 27th at 8.45 pm, which should be a tough game. Espanyol are at home to Leganés at 6.30 pm tonight (Saturday) November 26th
On Wednesday at 10 pm, Barça also play Leganés in the Copa del Rey whilst on Tuesday at 9 pm, Espanyol take on Alcorcón. Both games are away I think.
Next weekind is the big one and I'm in luck because my wife is away for the weekend so I'll be able to get extremely drunk whilst watching the Classic against Real Madrid at 4.15 pm on Sataurday December 3rd.
It's going to be a Madrid weekend because Espanyol play away to Atlétic de Madrid at 8.45, which is another great game so I hope I'm in a fit state to enjoy it.
This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights
Monday November 28th
On November 28th 1705, Archduke Carles of Austria swore the privileges of the Crown of Aragon and became king under the name of Carles III. This meant that Catalonia and the rest of the Crown of Aragon were fully at wore with the Castilian pretender Felipe V in the War of the Spanish Succession.
Enric Prat de la Riba i Sarrà, lawyer and journalist, first president of the Mancomunitat de Catalunya (1914-1917) and one of the people responsible for the resurgence of the Catalan national sentiment in the 19th century was born in Castellterçol on November 29th 1870.
November 29th is the Saints Day of Sant Sadurní, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for Festa Majors in Catalonia, particularly in the Province of Barcelona.
Catalan painter and illustrator, Isidre Nonell i Monturiol, was born on November 30th 1872.
On November 30th 1920, Francesc Layret, labour lawyer and leader of the Partit Republicà Català, was murdered as he left his home.
November 30th is the Saints' Day of Sant Andreu, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.
On December 1st 1994 in Vic in the Comarca of Osona, the Mossos d'Esquadra a Catalunya substitute the Cuerpo Nacional de Policia and the Guàrdia Civil as the force of public order and citizen security in the comarca, thus paving the way for them becoming the National Police Force of Catalonia a few years later.
Joan Padrós i Rubió, Catalan sports director and businessman, one of the founders of Real Madrid Club de Futbol and the first president of the club from 1902 to 1904 was born on December 1st 1869.
On December 2nd 1307, Jaume II the Just orders the persecution of the Order of the Knights Templar in the Crown of Aragon and the expropriation of its wealth.
On December 3rd 1842, in order to put down a popular revolt, the Spanish army, commanded by General Espartero, bombs the city from the castle of Montjuïc.
Antoni de Villarroel, general who led the defence of Barcelona during the siege of 1714 was born on December 4th 1656.
Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical PerspectiveYou can find out much more about the historical background to Catalonia's claims for independence in my 2014 book Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective
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This week is the last week with shows on every night in the Barcelona Jazz Festival. There are shows in December but they are few and far between so really the best of this year's edition has come to an end.
The top gig for me is on Wednesday 30th November at the Conservatori del Liceu where John Abercrombie, one of my favourite jazz guitarists, plays a duo with pianist Marc Copland. If the two are on form, guitar and piano can be one of the most subtle and challenging jazz combinations because both instruments are so complete.
I also quite fancy catching the big Barcelona combo La Locomotora Negra, who are at the Palau de la Música on Friday December 2nd.
Featured Hotel in BarcelonaOur featured hotel this week is the lovely Hotel 1898, which is fantastically located at the top end of La Rambla, and although officially a Four Star is quite definitely a Five Star in terms of luxury.
Hotel 1898 is housed in the old 19th century Tobaco de las Filipinas building on the corner of Carrer de Pintor Fortuny so the atmosphere is very fine and regal.
I love the entrance and the bar and lounge area and the rooms and suites are really something else. The 1898 is also home to two top class restaurants, Restaurante 1898 and Restaurante Terraza La Isabela, which is on the rooftop terrace, where there is an outdoor swimming pool and magnificent views out over Barcelona city centre.
Anyway, that's about it for this week, if you want to keep up to date with all the new information I'm creating, make sure you visit Barcelonas.com regularly.
All the best
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