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17 July 2015

Five Events to Understand the Spanish Civil War

On the 79th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, we look at what led up to this historic time in Spain’s history.

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General Fransisco Franco at the Victory Parade celebrating the end of the war, courtesy of Wikimedia Common.

2 January 2015

Around the World with Art Nouveau

We survey our docents about their favorite Art Nouveau buildings to show how this truly international style left a lasting legacy across the globe.

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Barcelona - Palau de la Música

1 November 2014

Uncovering El Raval, Barcelona’s Gentrifying Neighborhood

Docent and architectural historian Celia Marin shares some interesting facts about El Raval, Barcelona’s former bohemian center and red light district, now one of the city’s most up-and-coming districts.

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27 September 2014

Modernist Architect, the Genius of Lluís Domènech i Montaner

Discovering modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, designer of the Palau de la Musica and UNESCO World Heritage site Hospital Sant Pau, with the help of our Context Barcelona docents.

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Hospital de Sant Pau by  Luis Domènech i Montaner

23 June 2014

Cutting Edge Design Barcelona: A Chat with Suzanne Wales

We recently sat down with our docent and design journalist Suzanne Wales, who leads our Made in Barcelona walk, to learn more about the Barcelona “school” of design, its roots and the current trends of today.

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7 June 2014

Docent Spotlight: Sophie Ruggles

We explore the culinary world of Barcelona with cook, food writer, and Context docent Sophie Ruggles.

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3 April 2014

Daytrip from Barcelona: Hidden Girona

Looking for day-trip to escape the bustling barris of Barcelona? Girona may be just the ticket.

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27 December 2013

Roscón de Reyes: A cake made for a King (or Queen)!

In Spain, the Christian holiday Epiphany (January 6) is fêted with flair. Our Spain specialist explains the tradition of the Roscón de Reyes.

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Roscón de Reyes

8 December 2013

Context’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Ready for the holidays?  So are we!  We’ve surveyed our docents and city managers across the world to put together…

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Athens

4 October 2013

First Friday: 5 Masterpieces of the Picasso Museum

Barcelona docent Biel Heredero shares five masterpieces of the Picasso museum in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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19 June 2013

How to Celebrate the Festival of Sant Joan

A brief history of and recommended tips for celebrating the Festival of Saint Joan in Barcelona.

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coca de Sant Joan

11 June 2013

Practical Facts: Getting to the Airport in Paris, Madrid & Barcelona

Skip that taxi by learning some practical tips for traveling from the airport in Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid.

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Paris metro

1 May 2013

Modernist Cuisine in Barcelona

A mouthwatering glimpse inside our annotated dinner in Barcelona and contemporary Catalonian cuisine as a whole.

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Romesco Sauce

16 April 2013

Port Vell in Barcelona, Open Air Sculpture Park

Take a photo walk through the sculptures along Barcelona’s Port Vell

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THE WOUNDED SHOOTING STAR

13 March 2013

Practical Facts: How to Tip When Abroad

Our guide to tipping across our European and Asian cities is full of surprises.

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Parisian cafe

6 March 2013

The Calçotada

Explore one of Cataluña’s distinctive gastronomic traditions.

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