Please follow this link to view my latest post on learning how to play the guitar in a creative structured enviroment and the negative consequences of training based only upon imitation of other´s
Ciclo Tour Barcelona by bike !
Barcelona’s charm is famous around the world making it the 16th most visited city on the planet. Barcelona Ciclo Tours are designed to show Barcelona in all its glory to visitors, catering to their needs and demands while also serving the city and its inhabitants. There is so much to see in Barcelona: 2000 years of history, urban stories, beautiful streets and squares, golden beaches, boutiques, markets, people and cultures…all contributing to a vibrant city, rich in diversity and experiences.
Visitors to Barcelona discover so much more by bike in 3.5 hours than in 3 days on foot or from the seat of a tourist bus. The Barcelona Ciclo Tour team of trained guides are well versed in the history and the workings of the city and with fascinating anecdotes and memorable stories they show the authentic truth and uncover the secrets to Barcelona, while visitors ride relaxed and free around the city by bike.
Barcelona is a very bike friendly city with more than a 158km of cycle lanes. The city’s mild and sunny climate allow for all-year-long outdoor activities.
All Barcelona Ciclo Tour routes stick to bike lanes and pedestrian streets avoiding traffic wherever possible and always follow the flattest ground. Our tours are designed for all ages to enjoy and stops are frequent and every hundred meters, to discuss the sights or have a drink. Child seats and helmets are available on request for free.
Discover how to be more more creative in your guitar playing.
Check out my new video on Melbourne Guitar lessons, Eastern Suburbs , Creative Guitar School
Rhythm guitar can just as fun as playing lead and it can contribute to a more powerful overall band sound.
Just check out Red Hot Chili Pepper, Police, The Eagles Pink Floyd.
On my video I share with you some basic insights on how to become so unique in your playing.
Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia
informs that You’ll find dozens of Basque bars across the city. For quality, variety and overall value, this place is probably the best. Generous portions of meats, cheeses, fish, seafood and tapenades piled on to chunks of bread speared with a toothpick – hence the name pintxo, which means spike. Order a drink and grab a plate from the bar. The young, friendly staff will explain how things work. Every now and then one of the staff will offer you a hot pintxo – perhaps a date wrapped in bacon. Enjoy. Ensure you keep all the toothpicks as these will be counted at the end of your session. Each pintxo costs €1.55. Good selection of wines, including txakoli, ciders and Almogàver beer on tap.
Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia
today´s recommendation is if you plan to visit La Sagrada Familia there is no need to wait in line for tickets inside, as we did. It is much easier to buy your tickets for an appointed time at any la Caixa bank ATM machine (these are all over Barcelona). The cost at the door is 18 euros and I believe la Caixa charges the same.
Construction on this building began in 1882. Gaudi got involved a year later. It is expected, with the use of stone-carving machinery and computers to be completed in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death. If work were to continue as it was going in the early 1900′s, without computers and modern machinery, it would not be completed for several hundred more years. When the tallest spire is added, it will be the tallest church in the world.
Gaudi was deeply religious. Somehow he expanded his mind so far outside the realm of normal it could only be described as genius. The fact that he put in motion a plan that was so entirely outrageous and difficult and that it has been followed by thousands of people to create what I saw today is what blows me away. Every tiny detail, and there are thousands and thousands, is so thoughtfully designed. And the intricacy and science behind the construction – it is inconceivable. The last time I felt that sense of awe and total amazement about the ingenuity of man, was when I saw Machu Picchu for the first time.
If you ever have a chance to visit, do not pass it up. It will change you as it did me. Promise
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Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Australia today´s recommendation is to visit , nice gastronomic and funny Barcelona area, next to” Marina Port Vell” near the see.. enjoy !
Food and drink
The diverse neighbourhoods offer an array of local and international cuisine. In close proximity to Marina Port Vell, you encounter the Gothic Quarter, where medieval streets reveal traditional taverns and contemporary tapas bars infused with Catalan charm. A brief stroll in the opposite direction and you’ll discover Barceloneta, lined with sandy beaches and seafront restaurants. Barcelona also has more than its fair share of Michelin awarded restaurants located throughout the city, many of which can be found a taxi ride away in the trendy neighbourhood of Eixample.
For further information:
Dear friends, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recomendation is:
Flamenco! Tablao del Carmen
Flamenco Show Only (35€) Includes the show and a drink. The price for a child of 4-12 years is 17.50€. Children from 0-3 years go free.
Tablao Menu (69€) Includes the show, 4 course meal, coffee and drinks (mineral water, wine or sangria).
Tapas Menu (45€) Includes the show, tapas, dessert, coffees and drinks (mineral water, wine or sangria).
Children’s Menu (35€) Includes the show and the children’s menu
Notes: Formal attire is not required. Groups of more than 15 people will need to request their meal choices at least one week in advance.
El Tablao is located inside Poble Espanyol in the Montjuic area. Exact address: Avenida Marques de Comillas, Montjuic, Barcelona
Tel: (+34) 93 325 68 95
Fax: (+34) 93 425 46 16
How to get there
Metro: Plaça Espanya It is then a 5-10 minute walk to the entrance.
Bus: Take number 13 or 50 to right outside Poble Espanyol, from Gran Via or Plaça Espanya. Tourist bus: Get off at Poble Espanyol stop Car: There is a car park located close to Poble Espanyol but you have to pay. For more information on access time and prices, call Iglesias on (+34) 934 250 031.
Dear friend’s, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is : Cal Pep restaurant
Cal Pep is one of the most known tapas restaurant in Barcelona.
Its reputation goes largely behind the city wall and it’s justified. Everything is freshand fun, the tapas, the people, the service, the wine…
Nothing to say just that you have to be there once otherwise you don’t know what tapas are. While waiting, look the orders and make your menu. Every meal is a delight and every season a new pleasure that follows the market arrivals.
There is also the restaurant ” Cal Pep” next door with notorious fish and seafood dishes as well. Both are crowded, book, book, book at the restaurant or be patient at the bar but go there…
Address : Pl. de les Olles, 8
Zip code : 08003
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : Ciutat Vella
Email : email@example.com
Website : http://www.calpep.com/
Opening hours : Monday from 7.30pm to 11.30pm / Tuesday – Friday from 1pm to 3.45pm and from 7.30pm to 11.30pm / Saturday from 1pm to 3.45pm / Closed Sunays and holidays
Prices : Tapas 5€ -15€ Restaurant from 40 €
Phone : +34 933 107 961
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is one of the most fine tapas restaurant in Barcelona, managed by Ferran Adria
Tickets Tapas Bar
Ferran and Albert Adrià’s most recent project requires diners to reserve online 60 days in advance to win the chance to taste tapas from the minds behind elBulli. Lucky guests sample from an extensive and intricate menu including sangria-infused peaches and mini airbags stuffed with liquid manchego, and the waiters are quick to provide knowledgeable guidance. The brothers have revamped their adjacent cocktail bar, 41 Degrees, to present a 41-course food “experience.” Together, the two venues are the hottest and most difficult seats to get in town.
Avinguda del Parallel 164, Tel 932 924 253
The Spanish guitar allows the performer to reflect mother nature´s beauty through music.The following blog post shows some insights on how to bring together two harmonic instruments of same or different timbres and have both performers be heard with clarity without the need of much amplification.
I am also a strong believer that all performers should have knowledge of improvisation which slowly will allow society to move away from the present western concept of classical music and possibly restore the true value of composition and music.
I believe we all must start off with the best tips that will assure us joy in our playing for a long time to come.
Guitarists engage in repetitive static positions. It is very common to suffer pains, strains, tennis elbow,cubital tunnel syndrome and many more injuries
THESE WILL NOT OCCUR IF YOU ENJOY YOURSELF AND FOLLOW SOME BASIC TIPS:
Do not play in a manner you do not like as this will cause injury and please follow this link to my Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Guitar Studio for all levels of guitar learning.
Dear friends, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is to visit: Maritime Museum of Barcelona
Opposite the statue Christopher Columbus, in the bottom of Ramblas, the maritime museum is one of the most imaginative museum of the city and one of the most visited too.
Installed in the royal arsenals- date from 1378 and are the biggest and most complete Medieval dockyards in the world- it exposes animated presentations and houses a big exhibition including model ships, drawings, replicas, paintings, figureheads and an interactive exhibition, “The Great Adventure of the Sea”.
Maritime Museum of Barcelona
Address : Av. de les Drassanes
Zip code : 08001
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : El Raval
Website : Museu Marítim de Barcelona
Opening hours : Open every day from 10am to 8pm. Closed 25-26 December and 1st and 6 January
Prices : 2,50€
Phone : +34 93 342 9920
Phone 2 : Fax +34 933 187 876
Metro/Bus : Metro: L3 Drassanes / Bus: 120
Dear friends, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recomendation is to visit: Antoni Tapies foundation (art museum).
Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, 1923-2012)
He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los
Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Serpentine and
Hayward Galleries, London; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the
Kunstahaus, Zurich: the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the
Jeu de Paume and the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museo Nacional Centro
de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern,
Valencia; and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, among many
other prestigious institutions.
The Fundació opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the
former Editorial Montaner i Simon publishing house, the work of the
Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i MontanerRestored and refurbished
by the architects Roser Amadó and Lluís Domènech Girbau. Constructed
between 1880 and 1881 or 1882, at an early stage of the evolution of
Catalan Modernism, the building was the first in the Eixample district
to integrate industrial typology and technology, combining exposed
brick and iron, into the fabric of the city centre.
Hours and general information
(t) +34 934 870 315
Opening hours:Museum Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays closed.
Admission to the Fundació Antoni Tàpies until 15 minutes before closing.
General entrance: 7.00 €
Reduced entrance: 5.60 €
>In an effort to further explore the possibilities of creating accompaniments that allow clarity on our guitar I have created a series of videos that share some insights on how to achieve this outcome in your guitar playing.
It is our objective at Tom-s Music Studio here in Melbourne to help guitar students express themselves and also help guitar students in a manner where they achieve to play with ease .
Learning will never be an easy process as we all have experienced but the results of what we learn must be useful to our every day life.
Please take a look at the guitar video following this link. http://www.thomaslorenzo.com.au/creative-accompaniment-guitar-lessons-melbourne-eastern-suburbs/
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recomendation is to visit the great :
Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)
Combining straight lines and curves in a continuous dialogue between the interior spaces and the light outside, the building, inaugurated in 1995, is a work by Richard Meier. It’s about what is more interesting in this museum.
Macba – Barcelona In1959 the art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer believed in the need to create a Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.
MACBA (Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum) is dedicated to works from the second half of the 20th century. There are few works in the permanent collection and once in a while interesting temporary exhibitions.
Between 1960 and 1963, Cirici and Cesáreo Rodriguez Aguilera headeed a group of individuals who began to put together a collection with the objective of constituting the basis for the future museum. In February 1963, the opening of the exhibition El arte y la paz, with a clear political commitment, exposed the narrow limits of what was then permissible.
In 1986 Barcelona City Council, invited the North American architect Richard Meierto take charge of the project for the new museum. The City Council’s Department of Culture commissioned the art critics Francesc Miralles and Rosa Queralt to draw up a report which would serve to define the philosophy of the future museum. In 1987 theMACBA Foundation brought private enterprise into the project. The MACBA was officially inaugurated on the 28th of November of 1995.
Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)
Address : Pl. dels Angels, 1.
Zip code : 08001
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : El Raval
Website : Macba
Opening hours : From 25 September – 26 June: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 11am – 7.30pm; Tuesday (not holidays) closed; Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sundays & holidays: 10am – 3pm; 25th Desember and 1st January closed.
Prices : General: 7,5 euros (check for reductions)
Phone : +34 93 412 08 10
Phone 2 : Fax +34 93 412 46 02
Metro/Bus : Catalunya Pl. Universitat
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is to visit The Joan Miro Foundation museum, enjoy it !
The Joan Miró Foundation opened to the public on 10 June 1975. It had its origins in Miró’s first large exhibition in Barcelona, in 1968, at the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu. Several figures from the world of the arts saw the opportunity to have a space in Barcelona dedicated to the artist’s work. However, in accordance with his wishes, the new institution was also to promote and publicise the work of contemporary artists in all its aspects.At a time when artistic and cultural life was certainly minimal, the Foundation brought a refreshing vitality, together with a new, more dynamic concept of an art museum in which Miró’s art was shown alongside a wide variety of creative works by other artists – a fact that is reflected in the Foundation’s full name of Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art.
X-mas holidays: 25 and 26 December and 1rst January, closed.
Friday 6th January: open from 10 to 2,30 pm
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 19.00
(October – June)
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 20.00
(July – September)
Thursdays, 10.00 – 21.30
Sundays and public holidays,
10.00 – 14.30
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)
Permanent collection + temporary exhibition
Students aged 15-30, persons over 65
and unemployed persons
(proof must be provided): €7.00
School groups: 6€
Adults groups: 7€
Espai 13: €2,5
Adults: € 7,00
Groups: € 5,00
Web site: www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org
Today´s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is to visit the great Sagrada Family temple
The architecture of Barcelona has been most influenced by the work of Antoni Gaudí. One of Gaudí’s greatest creations is the Sagrada Familia a giant Temple that has been under construction since 1882. This building is the number one most visited attraction in Barcelona catering to over 2,000,000 visitors per year.
Once you enter the Sagrada Familia you can visit the museum which is housed in the building. The museum details the history and development of the Sagrada Familia and also gives fascinating insights into Gaudí himself.
This museum offers a truly fascinating visit because you will see photos of the development of the Sagrada Familia from the present day back to its early beginnings. There’s also a model of the Sagrada Familia depicting what it will look like once it’s completed (predicted to happen in the next 30 years).
Due to the very high numbers of people that visit the Sagrada Familia this museum is one of the most visited and popular museums in Barcelona.
Official web site: http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/index.php
Address: La Sagrada Familia
Calle Mallorca, Barcelona, España
Opening hours: October – March: 09:00 – 18:00 April – September: 09:00 – 20:00; 25 and 26 December, 01 January and 06 January: 09:00 – 14:00.
Today´s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is:
The Museum is very rich in regard to work from the training periods in the life of the artist; we could say that it is practically exhaustive up to the Blue Period, of which the Museum has a priceless group of works. Furthermore, the Museum houses an important representation of works from 1917, and the series, Las Meninas (1957) and a very large Picasso’s prints collection, now displayed in the rooms opened in the beginning of 2008.
The Museum has undergone successive renovations and expansions, and it’s currently starting to develop new programmes, activities and services to become a reference place, envisaged to spreading knowledge and to fostering the visitor’s participation and critical views. The Museum wishes to be a dialogue space, exploring new approaches to Picasso’s work and influence and offering new perspectives on the Museum Collection.
The history of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is the chronicle of the artist’s firm wish to leave the imprint of his art in our city. Thanks to the wishes of Picasso and his friend and personal secretary, Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona now has the youthful work of one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists.
Museu Picaso of Barcelona
Address: Montcada 15-23
Telf:+34- 93 256 30 00
web page: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/
Thomas Lorenzo expands on flamenco styles. Music appreciation is an added value to all his event planning here in Melbourne.
His love for music defines his need in sharing his knowledge with fellow friends and musicians.
Flamenco guitar books incorporate complicated descriptions of the patterns we use in it´s styles. I believe the explanation can be simplified as music is only a simple reflection of human emotions.
Flamenco as all styles of music has a specific pulse, a heartbeat that we communicate on and with. La guajira is really a ¾ rhythm and a waltz style of music.
Read more on Flamenco and la Guajira
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is:
You could enjoy Barcelona riding bike! Hostal Residencia Australia will provide you further information about this fantastic city tour mode.
Barcelona bike tour every day from Plaza Catalunya.
Barcelona CicloTour is the perfect way for all ages to get to know the city through a relaxed bike tour, listening to the fascinating anecdotes from your personal guide discovering more sights in 3 hours than by walking or with a tourist bus.
Barcelona bike Route: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Rambla del Raval, Plaça Reial, Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona City Hall, Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Cathedral, Roman walls, Plaça del Rei, beaches, Port Vell, the Barceloneta district, Olympic Marina, Olympic Village, Ciutadella Park, Sagrada Família, Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Plaça Catalunya. Stops will be made during the tour to allow the guides to tell you about the landmarks and sights. The tour goes along bicycle lanes and through pedestrianised streets.
11am Morning Ciclo Tour Every day of the year except for December 25 and January 1
4.30pm Afternoon Ciclo Tour Every day From April 15 to October 31 and every Saturday and Sunday of November
7.30pm CicloTour at Night Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 1 until September 30 and every Friday and Saturday from October 5 until October 27
RESERVATIONS NOT NECESSARY
Just come to the departure point 10 minutes before the bike tour
All ours Barcelona bike tours departure from Pza. Catalunya, at the door of Hard Rock Café
Watch out for our guides in their red Ciclo Tour t-shirts
Best to arrive 10 minutes before departure time.
THE BARCELONA BIKE TOUR INCLUDES:
A bike for each person.
English speaking guide
Bottle of water.
Front bikebag for storage of personal belongings.
1 drink at the beach.(Helmets and child seats are available upon request)
Discounts for students, Hostel reservation etc..
www.barcelonaciclotour.com, /Tallers 45 ( near pl.Cataluńa),
+34 93 317 19 70
At Tom´s Studio all classes upon request are recorded and are available for download in your student folder.
File transfers between computers do take a lot of time so please feel free to stream your class and go back through all the exercises knowledge and skills we have given you .
In each individual folder you will find a:
A pdf with the all individual class outcomes
All mpeg recordings of in class work
All mp3 files, backing tracks that have been used during the student´s training
Charts and Scores
Jpeg images of scales, chords , arpeggios.
For further info please visit: Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Guitar lessons and training
On the 11th of October, 2012, I received a call from the future bride and groom: Phoebe and Andrew. They had been searching for unique entertainment for their wedding and decided to give me a call. They were looking to create a Spanish theme and ambience for their special occasion and to embellish the day with Spanish Music. We all got together at my home studio and set forth on the adventure of bringing Barcelona to their wedding and to Melbourne.
Please read more …Melbourne Flamenco Latin Guitarist. The wedding day
For full details on Melbourne flamenco and latin guitar music services offered please visit: http://www.barcelonamusic.info/blog
Dear friends, Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommend to join Barcelona free walking tour:
FEEL FREE TOURS organize free walking tours in walking distance from Hostal Residencia Australia in Barcelona where guides work for tips (gratuities), meaning you may pay what you feel the tour was worth after the tour is completed. Our funny and motivated guides will offer you an unforgettable experience. Tours start every day in front of Hard Rock Café (Plaza Catalunya) at 11.15 am The tour guides will use our FEEL FREE TOURS shirt so you will recognize them easily.
The team is composed by tourism professionals, also with a deep feeling and knowledge about Barcelona We think that showing our city to independents travelers will be a superb option….just for free! Because of that we are completely sure that, in a different economy context, offer free tours in Barcelona will give you an unique option to discover this multicultural city and make the most of your time & money.
Do I need you book in advance?
Reservations are not mandatory, you can just show up 10 minutes before the tour start . Anyway if you want to be sure to enjoy our tours, we recommend you reserve your place.
Dear friends, Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommend to visit :
Barcelona Acuarium which is only 20 minutes walking distance to our hostal, nice and interesting place to enjoying with family and friends.
Aquarium Barcelona is an aquarium located in Port Vell, a harbor in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The 35 aquariums at the facility are home to 11,000 animals representing 450 species, and an 80-meter underwater tunnel.
Metro: Drassanes (GreenLine)
Address: L’Aquarium Barcelona
Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell
08039 Barcelona, España
Tel: +34 93 221 7474
Official web site: http://www.aquariumbcn.com
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is:
Barcelona sight seeing by touristic bus
Join the most convenient way to discover Barcelona. Board a double-decker bus that allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 20 stops.
Latest booking 1 day ago
Hop on Hop off as often as you please and see Barcelona in your own time and at your own pace
Stops at Placa Catalunya where some of the city’s most important streets and avenues meet
Choose from 1 or 2 day passes
Includes map and guide with all the stops of each of the routes plus and discounts for different establishments
Double-decker buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and have an electric roof for use in the event of rain
Type: Day Tours in Barcelona
Departs From: Barcelona
Meeting Point: Will be indicated on voucher
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Available: daily at 8 to 15 minute intervals from 09:00 to 19:00/20:00 (depending on the season)
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation,is:
In the brand new and beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the table on
everyone’s lips is with no doubt: Moments.
The Chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam are revisiting Catalan
recipes and even inventing the first anti-aging menu of Barcelona..
On the Catalan side of the menu you will discover totally renewed classical
dishes like Arroz caldoso de gamba con picada de pescador (rice dish with
broth) – Fricandó (veal stew) and suquet (fish stew) – Shrimp Tartar-
Seabass with fig chutney and hibiscus salt – Veal Cheeks with turnip
vegetable ravioli and red fruits..
A delight and lot of imagination!!
But even more visionary and trendy: a “anti-aging” menuwhere the food
chosen by Carme Ruscalleda and Dr. Manuel Sanchez – head of the Anti-aging
Unit Clinic Planas- , specialist in the anti-age treatments, conceal only
the most miraculous properties to preserve an “iron constitution”
In this menu, mini pizza pies with artichokes and the Joselito ham, or
macaroni with buckwheat accompanied by scallops and vegetables… a great
*Address :* Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40
Opening hours : Lunch: 1:30pm-3:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Dinner:
8:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Closed Sundays and Mondays
Phone : 93 151 87 81
Metro/Bus : Passeig de Gràcia,
Farruca is a form and style of flamenco music. It may be performed with lyrics ( vocals) and as most flamenco styles in can also be danced to. It is played in 4/4, interpreted at a relative slow tempo and accompanied by melody and harmony defining a minor key.
In the following examples you will see how slow tempos are appropriate for “accelerandos” as a possible method of achieving intensity in the dance and impact on the audience.
It is very common in flamenco to relate styles to certain keys. All styles in theory can be played in all keys . Those keys that allow open strings on the guitar broaden the possibility of expression, rhythm and accompaniment of the spanish guitarist. Please follow the link above to read more on the subject
Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia, our today tapas bar recommendation is:
Saturday, 4.20pm, the lunchtime rush has died down. Most local customers
are taking coffee and *licores*. “Paella for Pablo,” the call goes out.
And, at 4.23pm Pablo has his paella, done the way he wants it – with a
whole *butifarra*(sausage) on the side. This very popular, well-organised,
local standby, its pavement tables set to catch the best of the afternoon
sunshine, is always busy. For good reason – they serve a reliably good
range of tapas including *pescadito frito *(whitebait) *gambas rebozadas*(prawns in a light batter)
mussels, sausages and the whole kaboodle.
Vegetarians will be pleased to note that they serve a wonderful vegetable paella with
goat’s cheese. The terrace is a good spot in the evening.
*Carrer de Girona 162, +34 93 458 4817. Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-1am*
When I play the guitar I like to feel as if I was writing a song?
In flamenco, rock, jazz, funk, Brazilian styles and no matter at what level we are at we are constantly creating melodies and rhythms. We are creating songs in a song.
At Tom ‘s music studio I teach my guitar students how to create memorable melodies, use counterpoint effectively in song construction, develop melodic ideas, incorporate melodies across chords into different song sections. Read more at Melbourne Spanish Electric Guitar Teacher
Maitea tapas bar by Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia:
You’ll find dozens of Basque bars across the city. For quality, variety and
overall value, this place is probably the best. Generous portions of meats,
cheeses, fish, seafood and tapenades piled on to chunks of bread speared
with a toothpick – hence the name *pintxo*, which means spike. Order a
drink and grab a plate from the bar. The young, friendly staff will explain
how things work. Every now and then one of the staff will offer you a hot *
pintxo* – perhaps a date wrapped in bacon. Enjoy. Ensure you keep all the
toothpicks as these will be counted at the end of your session. Each *
pintxo *costs €1.55. Good selection of wines, including txakoli, ciders and
Almogàver beer on tap.
•Carrer de Casanova 157, +34 93 439 5107,
*.Open Mon-Sat 11am-midnight*