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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Lock it or lose it!

A child’s bike securely chained to a litter bin in Barcelona

It’s true that Barcelona has been getting a bit of a reputation for petty crime lately and that personal security is no laughing matter. Having said that, the sight of a child’s bike securely chained to a litter bin brightened up this morning’s trip to the supermarket.

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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January Sales – Ganga Style!

Funny advert for the January Sales in Barcelona

This advert made me smile on my way home from work so I thought I’d share! Here in Barcelona, the January Sales started on January 7th and this advert is for the Gran Via 2 shopping centre. Obviously it’s a play on words – Ganga means Bargain in both Catalan and Spanish.