On this Wednesday, 25th of April, we were invited by Oriol from Barcelona is Much More (Barcelona es Molt Mes) to an opening event of Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. It is one of the oldest medical institutions in Europe. And from autumn 2009, it is in the process of restoration, while all healthcare activities were moved to the new building.

Once you get there you wouldn’t dare that it was a hospital previously, you would think that it is another masterpiece in Barcelona that it is worth to be visited. And yes, it is worth to be visited indeed. Sant Pau Recinte Modernista it is an Art Nouveau complex. It is one of the most important works of architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This place, became, on of Barcelona´s popular attractions. All that is beautifully created has a success among art lovers.

We entered the Recinte Modernista Sant Pau in the exhibition space in the Sant Salvador Pavilion, summarising the history of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, from its founding in 1401 up until the 21st century. On the upper floor, visitors will see a contemporary installation symbolising a dragon, a tribute to the figure and the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, who was a key architect in Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau.

Then we get to an outdoor spaces of the Art Nouveau Site, reproducing the garden city model designed in the early 20th century. The event itself that was organized by the team of Barcelona is Much More went here. They organized a spectacle with theater actors, and we have spent mainly here all our time during the event. This spectacle made us to take a journey in time, back to XIVth Century, with their dressings and the show.

During the event, we could stroll around the gardens, take in the beauty of the buildings’ exteriors. We visited the Sant Rafael Pavilion, where we took a journey in time through a historical recreation of what a hospital ward was like in the 1920s. The exhibition space explains how the Hospital was run in its early days, the kind of medicine that was practised there, and what the Barcelona of the early 20th century was like. We headed to the restored Sant Rafael Pavilion and the old Surgery Room. Then, to the Lluís Domènech i Montaner Room, the Pau Gil Room, and the Main Hall. End up at the Sant Jordi Pavilion, host to the series of rotating temporary exhibitions.

As well, there is a possibility to explore the network of underground tunnels which wind their way to the building’s collection of pavilions and out into the gardens. Unfortunately, we haven’t had enough time to enjoy this tour.

Interesting facts about Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau.

The Historical Archive of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is one of the most important in the world in our days. It hosts an exceptional collection of documents, both for its antiquity and its uninterrupted custody, that reflects much of the history of Catalonia and Barcelona over more than 600 years.

Overall.

Thank you Barcelona is Much More for the invitation to such a great event. We discovered for ourselves an amazing place to visit in Barcelona. And we kindly recommend all the tourists to go and see this place on their visit to Barcelona. It was a relaxing evening, with amazing people who share the love to beautiful art.

How to Get Here?

Public transport:
Metro: L5 Sant Pau / Dos de Maig
Bus: H8, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, 117, 192

Prices for Sant Pau Recinte Moderniste.

Self-guided visit: 14 €
Guided visit: 19 €
Audio guide: 3 €

Residents in Barcelona, aged 12 to 29, over 65, Targeta Rosa Reduïda cardholders, people with a degree of disability of less than 65% or with a degree of dependency of 1 or 2
Self-guided visit: 9,80 €
Guided visit: 13,3 €

Free admission:
children under 12 (accompanied by an adult), unemployed, teachers, Targeta Rosa Gratuïta cardholders, people with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 65% or with a degree of dependency of 3, and their companion.


Free entrance:
12th February, 23rd April, 24th September, first Sunday of the month (only self-guided visits in the regular route of the visits programme).

Schedule to enter Sant Pau Recinte Modernista.

SELF-GUIDED VISIT                                  
November – March April – October
Monday to Saturday              9.30 – 16.30 h 9.30 – 18.30 h
Sundays and holidays 9.30 – 14.30 h 9.30 – 14.30 h
***Expanded hours for Spring Break 2018: Thursday, the 29th, Friday, the 30th, and Saturday, the 31st of March, the site will be open to visitors until 18:30h

GUIDED VISIT
From Monday to Friday
English: 10.30 h
Spanish: 12 h
Catalan (only on Friday): 12.30 h
Saturday and Sunday
English: 10.30 h
French: 11 h
Spanish: 12 h
Catalan: 12.30 h

Holidays:
1st and 6th January, 25th December.

 

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It was daddy´s birthday, it was a rainy and windy day in Barcelona, and this day we have planned an outdoor activity that was post-planned for a later date. That is why, we decided to make an indoor activity, as indoor rock climbing.

The idea, wasn´t bad, but we were not so excited, and apart, we could take only Damian, as Marc is too small for such an activity. Even though, the expectations were low, we have had such an amazing time there, as we couldn´t imagine.

Rock climbing is a great fitness exercise for children. I thought Damian would be afraid to climb, but for our surprise he did it better than me. I think it is great to initiate your child into this activity for him to be physically active.

Rock climbing involves scaling a rock (hill or a mountain) using just your hands, legs and a safety rope tied to you. Indoor climbing is usually done on artificially built rock structures and allows you to climb any time of the day. We used indoors climbing for fun, but we have seen there a lot of people were doing it improve theirs climbing skills and techniques. More for professionals.

As it was our first time we went to an indoor rocks climbing, we have had to take an instructor. It is done for security reasons and that this activity to be less challenging for those who begin doing this.

Climbing walls usually are of different heights and have varying levels of difficulty. We went for the easiest one, and after practicing few times, went to a more challenging one. The good thing is that all climbing walls will contain polyurethane climbing holds that you can grasp while climbing.

The more challenging climbing walls may have textures that replicate hilly or mountainous terrain and give almost real rock climbing experience. This one was experienced by daddy, as he was less afraid of such things. Brave dad!


If you ever choose an indoor or outdoor climbing, as a mother, I would certainly advice you to choose an indoor climbing. Indoor climbing is done in an environmentally controlled area and climbing the walls is safer than climbing real mountains. In indoor climbing, surfaces are visible and can be distinguished from the wall whereas in natural walls.

It was so fun, that we even couldn´t imagine how exhausting is such an activity. Damian was so tired after climbing and I know why. Climbing improves kid’s muscular endurance and flexibility, his overall balance and coordination skills. Kid moves from one phase of rock climbing to the next, it will enhance his confidence.

Safety while doing indoor rock climbing is very important. And that is why we were given an instructor who explains us all the details before we started. We were wearing proper safety gear, such asa rock climbinghelmet, and special shoes for climbing.

 

Then we had to warm up and stretch, as we could prevent injuries during rock climbing. The feet had to be close, spread, or in stance, but the center of balance is focused on the body mass. It is also important to have the body close to the wall and the center of gravity balanced in forward-backward direction.

 

As you can see, there are so many details to be taken into consideration. An instructor is indispensable for your first climbing experience.

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On our previous post about Sagrada Familia, we shared our experience once visiting the church from inside. Today, I want to share with you some images, of where we spend the day outside, and enjoyed the views of amazing masterpiece of Gaudi.

If you want to visit Sagrada Familia from inside, then of course it really matters to go there early in the morning as the queues are so long, and there are a lot of tourists who wish to enter. Here is our advice, to buy your tickets online, and to avoid one of the queues.

If you, just plan to enjoy the park, the sunny day in Barcelona, then our advice is to go there from 2pm. Enjoy some tapas right at the bars next to Sagrada Familia and then to go to a playground. There are less people than early in the morning in all the parks, and it will be easier to take some nice shots of this masterpiece of Gaudi.

Apart of that, just behind of the church, Sagrada Familia, there is a playground for kids of different ages. The best part of it, is that tourists do not step there, and it is more tranquil, than few meteres next to Sagrada Familia. As well, as you can see on our images, you can take lovely shots of Sagrada Familia, while your kids enjoy playing in the playground.

Usually all playgrounds are clean, and there are a lot of activities kids can do. So relax, and enjoy your day next to Sagrada Familia.

More information about how to get there and enjoy the church, click here.

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As you could see on my previous post, we were staycationing on Easter weekend. The weather predictions were wrong and it didn’t rain all the weekend as it was supposed to do. But, we have already made our plans to visit CosmoCaixa, National Science Museum. Even if didn’t rain, on Saturday it was so windy, that we decided that it is the perfect day to enjoy in a close space, where kids can learn and discover the World we live in.

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CosmoCaixa is Barcelona’s Science museum, which features a range of interactive activities for children, a mini Amazon rain forest and planetarium. It offers regular workshops as well, and from our previous times we went, these are very interesting. The workshops are available for kids from 3 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years. This means that our kids have had to have at least 3 years for some workshops, and 7 for others. We leaved these activities for another time we will go there.

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If you are a client of La Caixa Bank, than the entrance to the museum is free, and for workshops you pay 50% of the price. Cool enough, aren’t you agree?

Entrance fee for those who are not clients: 4EUR, and each workshop has its own price.

Open hours: Tues-Sun 10am–8pm.

The Museum is situated close to Tibidabo train station, and then you have to walk for 10 minutes.

Once you enter the Museum, you will be received by statue of Einstein, Darwin and Marie Curie. All 3 figueres are made of wax, but look like real people. For those of you who follow our stories on instagram, already have seen these 3 figures.

Access to the museum, after you buy your tickets, is through a large spiral staircase that descends about three floors to what is properly the exhibition area. In the hollow of that staircase there is a large trunk as a tunnel of time and accompanied by a machine that lifts a pile of maple seeds: when it reaches a certain height, the loose and the seeds are falling spinning like propellers. There are always a lot of people watching (as they go down the stairs and down) because it has an almost hypnotic effect.

There are always fixed exhibitions around science, temporary exhibitions and a series of complementary activities: touch, flash and click, planetary bubble. From our last visit, many things were changed, so it was amazing to spend the time once again there.

After these exhibitions, there is Amazon forest, it is an exact reproduction of a piece of more than 1,000 m² of flooded forest in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. In one close space, there is the possibility to explore subterranean vision, the aerial view, the tropical rain, everything, integrated in the middle of the typical flora and fauna of the zone. Once you get in that room, you feel the high humidity of that place. And from outside the room, you can enjoy all the type of fishes that live there.

The best part of this museum, is that all the children can touch, experiment and feel the things that are exposed there. I think this is the most amazing experience one child can have about the nature in one single place.

Both our kids, were running there and forth, so we split, and each one was in charge of a kid, and run after them. They decided that mum and daddy, has to exercise a little bit. And yes, you should only see their excited face, about this museum.

If you are in Barcelona, you, should visit this museum.

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This Easter holidays we decided to stay at home. But, as far as you know we can’t staycation more than 1 day. That is why we decided to go to Montseny. Montseny is a natural park not far from Barcelona. The Montseny massif is located within a triangle formed by the AP-7, C-17 and C-25 roads. It has the highest mountains in the area south of the Pyrenees and dominates the plains south of Girona.

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The Montseny Park is UNESCO protected area and as well is a home to a wide variety of fauna from Mediterranean to alpine. It is a perfect escape from the city life to nature, a great way to breath fresh air and have some fun with kids.

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Our main idea was to get out and to enjoy a really sunny day, first sunny weekend in a while. And other priority was to discover the abandoned plane of Montseny, but unfortunately once we got there, we were told that it was taken few months ago from the park.

As well, from Tourism Board of Montseny we were advised to make a route, the route is about 6km and it is like a little circle within the park. The route begins at Sta Fe del Montseny, ctra BV-5114 on km 21. It is the smallest route to enjoy, as there are lot of other routes of 12km and more, where people enjoy cycling and not only walking.

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Advantages of making the route:

  • You have the opportunity to enjoy the park to the full, to see the beautiful part of the park
  • You have such breathtaking views from the top, that aren’t compared to anything
  • Then there is a lake, where you understand that life is about nature and the mankind

Disadvantages of making the route with kids:

  • We didn’t take into consideration the age of our kids. It is very important to enjoy such route with kids at least 5 years old. Daddy almost all the route made with our little one on his arms. The worst moment, Marc wanted to sleep, and the only place to sleep was daddy’s arms.
  • I think the best time to enjoy the route is in summer or in autumn, as the trees weren’t green still.

Our main thought about this getaway was to repeat our getaway to Montseny, but without making any route, till our kids will grow up, and we can enjoy it better. Natural park of Montseny is great because, you totally disconnect from the outside world. We even did not have the connection to call anybody nor to have internet connection. So, it was a total dedication to our family and kids, what can be better, don´t you think so?

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