Gambrinus – Barcelona’s Giant Lobster Statue

The Gambrinus giant smiling crayfish statue and the pop art style Barcelona's Head at Barcelona's Port Vell old harbour

This funky giant prawn/lobster statue was originally part of the decor at the Gambrinus seafood restaurant. The 10m long fibreglass sculpture was designed and built by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal. When the Gambrinus restaurant closed the statue was bought by Barcelona city council, restored and now takes pride of place on Passeig Colom near the Port …

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Calçotada – Traditional Catalan Winter Barbecues

Calçots cooking on a barbecue near barcelona

Calçots are a seasonal vegetable similar to leeks or spring onions grown in the area surrounding Barcelona and Tarragona. They are normally available from January ’til April and by far the best way to try them is cooked on a barbecue accompanied by Romesco sauce, local wine and a group of friends. Don’t let the …

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You’ve Just Gotta Love The Weather !

Winter sunshine on a deserted beach at Montgat with views to Barcelona.

As the North of Europe freezes under a blanket of snow Barcelona enjoys a bit of winter sunshine! I took this photo on the beach at Montgat on the way home from work today. Even though the temperature is only about 13 degrees Centigrade it’s nice to have a quick stroll along a deserted beach …

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