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Give Your Sweetie a Rose on Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona Spain

Saint George and the Dragon at Casa Amatller

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Once upon a time in the town of Montblanc in Catalunya, a terrible dragon terrorized the inhabitants. A lottery system was generated to appease the dragon. The system sacrificed one of the town residents to the dragon. Unfortunately, one day the princess won the lottery and had to be sacrificed. She was rescued from the dragon’s wrath by a handsome knight in shining armour named Jordi (George).

Saint George (Saint Jordi) is the patron saint of Catalonia. Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona Spain is a Catalon Holiday that celebrates the chivalrous efforts of dragon-slaying, damsel- in-distress rescuing Saint George. On April 23rd,  six million roses will change hands in Barcelona when men become knights for a day. They will give their sweetie a single rose to honor Saint George, the patron saint and protector of the inhabitants of Catalonia who rescued the princess from the terrible dragon. He gave her a red rose plucked from a rose bush that sprouted from the dragons blood after the dragon was killed by St. Jordi’s mighty sword.

Català: Josep Puig i Cadafalch

Català: Josep Puig i Cadafalch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On April 23rd, lovers walk arm in arm on Las Ramblas toward the sea or in the direction of Placa Catalunya gazing at the lovely flower stalls and visiting La Boqueria Market.

Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona

Barcelona Spain

Lovers also stroll along the Passeig de Gracia buying books from street vendors and book stores. In 1923, the tradition of giving your damsel a rose was expanded. Damsels give their knight in shining armour a book, since April 23rd also coincides with the anniversary of the death of William Shakespear and Cervantes in 1616.

In Barcelona, visit Gaudi’s Casa Batllo (House of Bones) on Passeig de Gracia, 43. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The magnificent art noveau structure is located on the “Block of Discord” with incredible buildings designed by famous architects like Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Enric Sagnier. Casa Batllo has a facade based on the Tale of Saint Jordi (Saint George). The bones of the dragon’s victims frame the elaborate windows of the facade. The facade is covererd with trencadis glazed mosaic tile. The roof  has a large arch that represents the scales of the dragon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j31eZTrW0Ss.

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Happy St. Jordi’s Day– “Felic Diada de Sant Jordi” from your Travel Buddies @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites
 

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The Incredible Pablo Picasso Exhibition in Amsterdam and Barcelona

Pablo Picasso.

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Pablo Picasso‘s “Blue Period” and “Rose Period” produced some of his most treasured works of art. Visit his “Picasso in Paris 1900-1907″ Exhibition in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum to see two of my favorite Picasso paintings: “Waiting (Margot)” from 1901 and “The Embrace” from 1900. “The Embrace” reminds me of another one of my favorite paintings by Hayez “Il Bacio” (The Kiss) in Milan.

 The seminal works in this Exhibition will travel to Barcelona this summer. Six of the eight most expensive Picasso paintings sold were painted during this period of his life prior to the cubist period. One of my favorites from his Cubist period is “Guernica” (1937) in Madrid at the Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_uGbQanNw&feature=related.

The unknown 19 year old artist from Barcelona traveled to Paris in 1900 with his Catalan friend Carlos Casagemas and moved to Montmartre. Pablo was the son of a professor at the School of Fine Arts in Spain. He attended the prestigious Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid where he frequented the Prado Museum. He was inspired by the work of El Greco. He became a favorite of American art collectors Leo and Gertrude Stein who became the young artist’s principal patrons.

Picasso’s artistic mind generated radical new works of art that inspired his followers. He was the co-founder of Cubism with George Braque. This methodology reduced and fractured items into geometric forms and ultimately inspired surrealists like Salvidor Dali. Dr. Eveann Lovero writes Travel Guides to Italy and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites
 

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