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Barcelonas and Beyond #14 - Monday 5th to Sunday 11th December
December 03, 2016
Welcome to Issue Fourteen of Barcelonas and Beyond for Monday 5th to Sunday 11th December. This week we feature the holidays of the Constitution and La Purissima on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th respectively.
I send the newsletter every Saturday with information for the coming week starting the following Monday mixture of what to do information, including festivals, concerts and of course football so please feel free to pass this email on to your friends and contacts.
The Constitution and La PurissimaThis week's highlights are definitely the holidays of the Constitution on Tuesday 6th and La Purissima on Thursday 8th, which if you take the day off in the middle can turn into a pretty big three-day pre-Christmas break.
There's not much enthusiasm for the 1978 Spanish Constitution here in Catalonia as the Spanish government has often used it as an argument for not allowing Catalonia to hold a referendum on Catalan independence over the past few years.
As I'm not particularly religious, I view the Purissima, which is the Saints Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, in much the same way. It's just an excuse for a holiday.
Having said that, I live in the neighbourhood of the Concepció in the Dreta de l'Eixample so it's quite possible that something interesting will be happening at our beautiful local church, l'Església de la Purissima Concepció, which you can see in the picture above.
If you are in Barcelona, I also recommend
you check out the Festa Major of Sant Andreu de Palomar as La Purissima holiday on Thursday 8th December is the last day.
This Week's Football
Today (Saturday 3rd) is a massive football day as at 4.15 pm FC Barcelona take on Real Madrid in Camp Nou in this season's first Clasico and at 8.45 pm RCD Espanyol are away to Atlético de Madrid.
On Tuesday 6th, Barça play Borrussia Mönchengladbach at home in the Champions League Group Stage at 8.45 pm and then on Saturday 10th are away to Osasuna in La Liga at the annoying time of 1 pm. The following day Espanyol are at home to Sporting de Gijón at 6.30 pm.
This Week's Historical and Cultural Highlights
Monday December 5th
On December 5th 1082, Ramon Berenguer II the Cap d'Estopes or Towhead, Count of Barcelona, was murdered probably by his brother, Berenguer Ramon II, who became known as the Fratricide.
On December 5th 1949 Antoni Rovira i Virgili, Catalan journalist, linguist, politician and president of the Parliament of Catalonia in exile died in Perpignan.
December 6th is the Day of the Spanish Constitution and is a public holiday. It is also the Saints' Day of Sant Nicolau, which is an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.
Lluís Millet i Pagès, founder of the Orfeó Català died in Barcelona on December 6th 1941.
The English writer, Robert Graves, in Deià, Mallorca on December 6th 1985.
December 8th is the Saints' Day of La Puríssima or Immaculada Concepció de la Mare de Déu, which is a public holiday in Spain and a reason for festivals and fairs around Catalonia.
Catalan journalist, writer and politician, Carles Sentís, who was important during the Transition to Democracy in Catalonia, was born in Barcelona on December 9th 1911.
On December 10th 1809, Girona fell to the French after a seven-month siege in the Peninsular War.
Catalan liberal politician, romantic writer and historian, Víctor Balaguer i Cirera, was born in Barcelona on December 11th 1824.
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
Find out more about the book here
After a few weeks concentrating on the Barcelona Jazz Festival, it's time to look at a different kind of genre that's particularly popular in Barcelona - Musicals! - and starting this weekend there are quite a few to choose from.
Priscilla, el Musical, which is a kind of gay disco show and is on at Teatre Tivoli, has been getting great reviews.
Other highly recommended shows come from two well-established Barcelona theatre companies. Dagoll Dagom's Scaramouche at Teatre Victòria and La Cubana's Gente bien, el musical both look a lot of fun to me.
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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