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Bullfights Banned in Catalonia

Bullfights have become an intense preoccupation of very many Spanish people. However, they were also highly criticised in the latest period, therefore, the Spanish authorities have decided to ban bullfights in Catalonia, a region in Spain. Today the last bullfight takes place in Barcelona. The law of banning bullfights in Catalonia will come into force starting with 1st of January 2012. More than 20,000 people are waited to come in the Monumental arena in Barcelona, where most famous toreadors will perform for the last time in this kind of event. The Catalan Parliament banned the spectacle in July 2010 following a signature-collection campaign by animal rights activists. This important decision in the lives of Catalans has gathered many bullfight enthusiasts outside the arena Monumental, who started to celebrate. However, at a very close distance, many fans of bullfighting in Catalonia were queue for the last minute tickets for the bullfight in Catalonia on the first day of next year.

Bullfights Forbidden in Catalonia - Source Wikimedia.org
Bullfights Forbidden in Catalonia - Source Wikimedia.org

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El Bulli Restaurant in Barcelona, Only a Memory Now …

El Bulli Restaurant in Barcelona, which has been closed recently, used to be for 27 years a very famous dining place all over the world. El Bulli was managed by well-known Ferran Adria, a cook famous for the luxurious gastronomy. El Bulli in Barcelona used to be open only 6 months a year and you could not just call and make a reservation. Reservations for El Bulli Restaurant were made only through draws. In exchange for 250 euro, which was a fixed menu price, guests received 40 tiny food plates. You might think this is a very profitable business, on the contrary, El Bulli restaurant recorded about 500.000 euro loss/year. The cook Ferran Adria will settle a foundation, bearing the same name with the restaurant, starting with 2014. The restaurant from Barcelona was a small place, designed for only 50 guests. However, Adria explained the students from Valencia that the restaurant won’t remain closed but it will open soon, due to a transformation process. The menu, although not very consistent, unfolds in three acts and thirty-five dishes: small snacks that you eat with your fingers, larger-sized tapas to be eaten with a fork and spoon (no knife, ever), and desserts.

El Bulli Dishes Source artnet.com
El Bulli Dishes Source artnet.com


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El Bulli Restaurant Dishes Source summerday.ro


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Traveling to Barcelona

Traveling to Barcelona is a unique experience because some may say, Barcelona is not Spain. However, they might be right. The reason why I chose this destination is the wide range of possibilities for spending time this incredible city offers. First of all, I planned my journey in advance, having in mind the idea of cheap holidays as traveling on a budget is very important nowadays. So, after booking my trip I started carefully planning all the activities I had in my mind regarding the few days I was to spend there. The top on my list was the famous boulevard Las Ramblas, a mixture of colours, smells, art and fun.Everywhere you looked you could see gifted actors performing right in the street, some trying to stand like a statue, others trying to resemble famous actors from Hollywood.

Leaving this place, I headed to the beach, which started right at one end of Las Ramblas. Shopping is another important activity for travelers to Barcelona but not only because you find shopping galleries almost everywhere and famous brands names, offering huge discounts during sales season. Another pretty thing to do is the short trip by the Funicular from Montjuic, a cable wagon, pulled upwards and downwards, a very short journey, but however, a memorable one. Another thing you should not miss is the Triumph Arch, it is advisable to see it at night, because it is beautifully lit.

Transportation was not an issue for me because using a transportation pass made things cheaper in Barcelona. Another thing, don’t miss Gaudi’s House, right in the center of Barcelona, an original building built by Gaudi. Sagrada Familia is another key sightseeing in Barcelona. There are hundreds of tourists everyday standing in the queue trying to visit this huge basilica. The weather in Barcelona is fine most of the year, so don’t postpone traveling to this extraordinary city because you’ll never forget the amazing facts and things you’ll see and learn about!

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