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I really like this “How to spend a weekend in Barcelona?” slideshow of the New York Times. Check it our if you need some inspiration! (WARNING: For tourists only! :))

Two weeks left till Christmas. It’s hightime we start thinking about what to put under that Xmas tree and i think this really is the last week i’d dare to order anything online (Especially from the States)! I’m just getting to know Etsy (i know i’m quite late), the web’s nr 1. website to buy/sell all things handmade but it seems to be a great place to buy original gifts which are one of a kind and truly unique. Not surprisingly Barcelona seems to be a source of inspiration for many amateur and professional artists so here is my handpicked Barcelona gift guide by Etsy.

For Her

Barcelona Necklace by JustaGirl27

28.5 USD (shipped from Germany)

A large brown carved horn leaf, an aged copper ring, light blue sea glass nuggets, buri root beads, facetted black Onyx rounds, filigree copper and last but not least – wooden components – all teamed up via brass links to create this fantastic OOAK long necklace.

Hanging from antiqued brass chain, closing with a decorative antique brass toggle clasp.

 

 

 

 

 Barcelona Copper Filigree Necklace from Vintage Tooling by chinacherie

16.5 USD

This dramatic filigree pendant was made from vintage toolings. It has a spanish moorish feel to it. The brass stamping was copper plated and oxidized to highlight the rich details for the filigree pendant. It measures 2 1/4″ across and it stands 2 7/8″ high. It is hung from a fancy copper chain with toggle clasp

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Lucite Silver Etched Beads – Barcelona by bythebead

18 USD

Beautiful intricate silver etched lucite beads are the centerpiece for these earrings. If you didn’t know, you would think they old metal beads, but they are wonderfully lightweight The are accented with a rustic silver plated lucite teardrop dangle and hang from sterling silver ear wires. They will easily go from glam to casual.

 

 

 For the New Mommy

Barcelona Baby Bag by loveleestudio

119 USD

This super chic Barcelona Baby Bag is a beautiful combination creme and black foral. The exterior of this bag is a combination of creme and black floral accented with elastic side pockets in the same material for easy access of bottles, keys and wallet. The interior lining of the bag is adorned with electric royal blue dupioni silk fabric. The six interior pockets are floral cotton for easy access of contents and storage. Black grosgain ribbon completes the look of the bag. Fabric straps are floral on the exterior with electric blue on the interior for an extra pop. The bag has a magnetic snap closure to keep everything inside. This bag is truly fabulous!

 

For HIM

Barcelona Moleskin Pocket Cashier Ruled Notebook by Acreativesoul

10 USD

This Moleskine cahier is embellished with a lovely frame and assorted vintage button. The frame is a recycled slide frame (outer dimensions 5X5 cm i.e 2X2″) covered with cork contact paper. It displays a photograph of Barcelona (Spain) taken by my boyfriend (Damien Lacroix) and computer-edited. Both the frame and button are durably glued to the front cover with archival gel medium (no stitches).

Each journal is handmade so that the journal you will receive can slightly differ from the one you see here (particularly the vintage button).

 

 

Handmade Leather Barcelona Photo Album by leathermaps

14.9 USD

HANDMADE, HAND TOOLED AND HAND PAINTED PHOTO ALBUM – This album is entirely done by hand. The front is decorated with one of my designs and my initials are burned on the back. The album becomes more beautiful the more it is touched. It is a work of art and it makes unique gift, unforgettable souvenir of your travels or handsome decoration. Enjoy it.

 For the whole Family

Barcelona painting by marmas

350 USD

(my absolute favourite!! 🙂

Oil on vintage, un-stretched canvas. 20×16 inches. Unframed. Will frame on request.

 

 

 

 

To be continued tomorrow with the Barcelona Gift Guide – Books!

Here is a tiny post I wanted to put together for ages! A list of the best/most known immobiliaria websites in Spain /BCN. Let me know if I left out something you feel should be on the list!

www.idealista.es

www.loquo.es

www.bornliving.com

www.segundamano.es

www.mundoanuncio.com

And I recommend this article on how to get a flat in Spain…

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Where did this year go??? December already? Winter? Really? I hope you’re all ready for the big holiday season with all the shopping, family visits, long travels and endless hours of eating included!

If you ask me… Christmas does not belong to Barcelona. Period. I refuse to see it and i juts can’t imagine it! Nevertheless it does look like the city vamps up pretty well for the holidays…

Christmas Markets

The feria de Santa Lucia runs from early December until Christmas Eve and can be found outside the Cathedral, in Plaça de la Seu and Plaça Nova. (nearest Metro: Jaume I). Here you will find all sorts of hand made gifts, intricate nativity scenes and the Caga Tió log (something you’ll struggle to find anywhere else!) and of course Caganer, a porcelain gnome figurine dressed as a peasant farmer squatting with his pants down and a stream of excrement connecting his bare buttocks to the earth.

Well, excuse me. What? Is really a shitting man (and excuse my language, caganer =pooper in English) is one of the most typical Catalan accessories of holy Christmas? Wikipedia does have several explanations:

Possible reasons for placing a man who is in the act of excreting waste in a scene which is widely considered holy include:

  • Tradition.
  • Perceived humor.
  • Finding the Caganer is a fun game, especially for children.
  • The Caganer, by creating feces, is fertilizing the Earth. However, this is probably an a posteriori explanation, and few cite this reason for including the Caganer in the Nativity scene.
  • The Caganer represents the equality of all people: regardless of status, race, or gender, everyone defecates.
  • Increased naturalism of an otherwise archetypal (thus idealised) story, so that it is more believable, taken literally and seriously.
  • The idea that God will manifest himself when he is ready, without regard for whether we human beings are ready or not.
  • The caganer reinforces that the infant Jesus is God in human form, with all that being human implies.

OK. I need to digest this….

Christmas Eve in Barcelona

Midnight mass as Christmas Eve becomes Christmas Day is very important in Spain. The biggest ‘misa del gallo’ is at the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat near Barcelona.

Three Kings Procession in Barcelona

On December 5, as is the case throughout Spain, the Three Kings lead their procession through the city. In Barcelona the procession starts shortly after five o’clock at Portal de la Pau and finishes around nine at Montjuïc. You can expect large crowds, so arrive early. On the night of December 5, children leave a shoe out for the Three Kings to fill (stockings clearly aren’t so common in this Mediterranean climate!)

Nativity Scenes

There is one obvious nativity scene that every visitor to Barcelona should see – the permanent natvity scene at Sagrada Familia. There is also a big display at the Cathedral. The Catalan word for ‘nativity’ is ‘pessebre’ while in Spanish it is ‘belén’.

To be continued….

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Jeremy gave me one of my very first comments on this blog and i’ll always be very thankful for that! 😉 Not to metion that FromBarcelona is one of my favourite blogs and is on my daily must read list!! Jeremy recently published a collection of short stories about Barcelona and the book is now available  on Amazon US & UK. I can’t wait to read it and will definately put it on my Xmas shopping list for my Barcelona aficionada friends!! Check out Amazon’s description below! Well Done Jeremy!


One Unique City, Ten Revealing Stories… A contemporary collection of short stories inspired by Barcelona, its history, its legends and its people including: First Impressions: Exploring the metro, Las Ramblas and the labyrinthine alleys of the Barrio Gotico you go in search of an elusive Spanish beauty in a white dress and meet a gruff book seller who introduces you to the legend behind the city. Senyor Jordi i el Drac: In this quirky retelling of the classic story of Saint George, an old knight and his squire battle a bat-winged beast, saving a village and a princess, on their way from to the kingdom of Barcelona where their friend, Don Quixote, awaits. A Book for A Rose: Meet Johnny – a long term American expat who wonders if it will be the first Sant Jordi the sun doesn’t shine – and Elena – the Spanish beauty who breaks his heart, giving him something more valuable than romance in the process. CSI Barcelona: The death of an English man has Dr. Josep Caldet searching for the killer. His investigation uncovers a hidden underworld that lurks beneath the beautiful city as he discovers the price some are willing to pay to live in Barcelona. Running the Gauntlet: A motley crew of locals and expats decide to take back Barcelona’s streets from the pickpockets and thieves. They grab a drink or two along the way, in some of the city’s most famous bars, before the night ends with a bang. The Crypt of Colonia Güell: Barcelona’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, is being crushed by his designs for La Sagrada Familia until his benefactor, Eusebio Güell, offers him a commission that challenges their friendship. Barcelona Gothic: Based on true events, Urquinaona 4 is a mysterious building located in the famed L’Eixample district of the city where its newest tenant, Alex, soon discovers that the cheap rent and great room comes at a terrifying price. …From Barcelona offers a fresh and unique literary perspective on this popular Catalan city, while fulfilling the interested visitor’s desire for information about places to go and things to see. Described as “City-Lit” by the author, the goal of this book is to entertain, inform and inspire you to live and breathe your own Barcelona adventure.

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Genious Barcelonian blogger From Barcelona (Jeremy) captured the autumn beauty of the city so perfectly, i just had to quote him (for the full post check out his blog!)…. Thanks!!!!

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“October’s coming to an end and I’m a little sad to see it go. It tends to be my favorite month in the city. The heat and humidity of summer is gone and the rains of September have finished, for the most part. The weather’s perfect: warm enough to still sit out side during the day but usually with a breeze; at night a light jacket or a sweater suffices. There’s this lazy haze in the air and it just seems everything’s moving at half speed from the people to the cars to your brain. Walking around the different neighborhoods, you see the way the sun hits the buildings and brings out all the different shades of colors, giving them an almost painting-like feel.”

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