12 Clues of Barcelona’s Commemoration of 1714
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12 Clues of Barcelona’s Commemoration of 1714

What were the Catalans fighting for in 1714?
Pau Ignasi de Dalmases was the ambassador of the Three Commons to England. Finally received by Queen Anne on 28 June 1713, he informed the monarch that the Catalans were fighting for their freedom, and requested English protection for a country whose laws, privileges and freedoms were in all things similar and almost equal to those enjoyed in England. Continue reading

Catalonia: A Land of Wine & Culture of Its Own
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Catalonia: A Land of Wine & Culture of Its Own

Think Barcelona is in Spain? Technically, this is correct.  Yet during a recent trip to Catalonia’s incredibly diverse wine regions I realized that Catalonia is very much its own independent region with its own language, cuisine, and highly diverse wine culture. While most Catalonians do speak Spanish, they will always speak Catalan among themselves. Virtually every home has the red and yellow Catalan flag flying proudly from its rooftop. Television stations in the region broadcast in the Catalan language, and throughout the region your morning breakfast will consist of toasted bread and a roasted tomato – the traditional Catalonian dish. Experiencing the culture of Catalonia, and the fierce, almost intense pride Catalonians take in their culture is an important wake­up call for wine educators and sellers. Read more… Continue reading

Spain’s next crisis
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Spain’s next crisis

Last week, parties representing nearly two-thirds of Catalonia’s parliament called a referendum on independence, tilting Spain towards full-blooded constitutional conflict – just as the Spanish economy shows signs of starting to emerge from its crisis. It did not have to be this way. Politicians from both sides of this widening abyss need to become statesmen … Continue reading

Barcelona to curb cannabis clubs
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Barcelona to curb cannabis clubs

Municipal authorities estimate that the city has 200 such establishments Barcelona wants to set limits on the “proliferation” of cannabis clubs, places where members purchase and consume marijuana. Although there are no official figures, municipal authorities have counted around 200 such premises, most of which are located in the city center. Just two years ago, … Continue reading